Another successful year for Cowra Bring Healthy Back

Cowra Bring Healthy Back participants at the Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre after the challenge. Photo: Kelsey Sutor
Cowra Bring Healthy Back participants at the Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre after the challenge. Photo: Kelsey Sutor

Whether it was getting more steps up each day, becoming more conscience about nutrition or simply trying something new, this year's Cowra Bring Healthy Back Challenge (CBHB) has once again helped change lives.

The challenge, which focuses on long term, sustainable healthy habits, wrapped up in early December after eight weeks.

Organiser, Nikki Kiss from the Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre (CINC), said there was more than 120 registered participants for this year's challenge.

"We raised $180 through registration fees - with every cent going back to our participants," she said.

"Not bad for a program which began with $0."

Ms Kiss said while the challenge was over, she hopes the participants will continue to maintain their healthy habits.

"CBHB was established to bolster the determination to get participants' health on a better long-term track," she said.

"It gives them eight weeks of focus on establishing and maintaining healthy habits, hopefully getting them through the most difficult days, with support, guidance and opportunities."

This year's challenge has received plenty of positive feedback from participants, with many saying they had tried new activities during the eight weeks.

Carmel Trethewey said she had taken up walking and social tennis.

"I managed to walk to Cowra on Friday mornings four times (8.75kms) then did my workout at AT Fitness," she said.

"I enjoyed my walk, it took me just on two hours to get that far. I tried out the social tennis and was made very welcome by the ladies."

Fellow participant Denise Nealon said there was plenty of support and motivation throughout the challenge.

"[It] was fabulous to be a part of, supportive and kept me motivated, there was always a message to help keep me on track," she said.

"[I] wish it could keep going for 52 weeks.

"There are times when you feel that your struggle is your own but knowing that others are there to keep you on track mentally and physically is fabulous."

Kellie Lyn focused on the social side of things and said the challenge helped her to meet others.

"I've met other people who openly voice their imperfections rather than hide them away," she said.

"I've met new people that I never would have met away from the CBHB."

Bronwyn Sainsbury said the challenge helped change her mindset around exercise and nutrition.

"For me it was learning, or reminding myself to keep it simple, don't over think it," she said.

"And just move, this includes everything, nutrition, exercise and mindset."

She said the Facebook group for the challenge and the large number of events hosted by local personal trainers also provided motivation throughout the eight weeks.

"The accountability from these sort of pages is priceless to me," she said.

"The couple of events I did attend were awesome."