The Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Program is an initiative of the Wollotuka Institute’s student support team and was developed in response to research showing a majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people suffer challenges when it comes to health.
The first stage of the program – a bi-weekly boot camp with a personal trainer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff – kicked off in May with six participants. Word has quickly spread and now around 25 people are involved each week.
The boot camp takes participants through a number of strength and aerobic exercises and introduces some fun team sports such as touch, softball, basketball and squash. The benefits of exercise to promote a healthy and happy lifestyle are also discussed and tips for good nutrition habits and a healthy diet are shared around the group.
The group is hoping to enter a Wollotuka team in a local fun run event.
Tai Chi sessions are also held in the two weeks before exams to allow students to prepare their mind and body for the stressful period.