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Medibank awards $10,000 community grant to QuAC for LGBTI health training

Medibank awards $10,000 community grant to QuAC for LGBTI health training

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:36 Written by // Andrew Shaw

The Queensland AIDS Council has received a $10,000 grant from the Medibank Community Fund to help LGBTI people achieve a healthier lifestyle.

QuAC’s director of Healthy Communities Programs Gai Lemon told QP the grant will enable QuAC to hold two 10-week boot camps for up to 60 LGBTI participants, many of whom experience health inequalities because of stigma and discrimination.

Unlike reality TV depictions of boot camps, participants in QuAC’s program will not be required to trek to a remote location – activities will take place on weekends and Lemon says the program, slated to begin mid-August, will most likely use QuAC’s Teneriffe headquarters as ‘base camp’, and take advantage of local parklands and walks for the fitness training.

Two fitness trainers will make sure participants have reasonable fitness goals and measure changes in people’s health during the course.

“One of the processes we’re looking at doing is an initial assessment of people's health and fitness, where they’re starting from, then working towards specific goals,” Lemon says.

She says the trainers will put an element of fun into the process.

“It’s not going to be hardcore, but it’s not going to be a soft option either. It’s about getting fitter, really.”

People interested in being involved with the program can contact Gai Lemon on (07) 3017 1777.


Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

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