Partnership shines a light on men's health
  • Thursday 31 May 2018

Following their successful work together offering free group fitness classes to the public as part of the Healthy Sunshine Coast Program, Sunshine Coast Council and TAFE Queensland have partnered once again to whip the region’s men into shape in an initiative designed to highlight the upcoming Men’s Health Week (June 11-17).

Held at TAFE Queensland’s Mooloolaba campus and currently in its sixth week, 17 students from the Diploma of Sport Development program are helping around 50 local men achieve their fitness goals by motivating, educating and training them for the council’s Men’s Health Challenge.

The challenge is set to culminate in a celebration of participants’ achievements at TAFE Queensland’s Mooloolaba Campus on Wednesday, June 13.

Prizes will be awarded to the participants who have made the most improvement.

TAFE Queensland fitness teacher Paul Barr said that while there had been a great turnout to the free Healthy Sunshine Coast sessions run by students, the majority of participants had been women.

As a result, he jumped at the opportunity when he heard the council was wanting to do something to highlight Men’s Health Week on June 11-17.

“It’s so important for all people to really look after themselves as they age; however men are particularly notorious for not paying attention to their health,” Mr Barr said.

“According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, men suffer more illnesses and accidents than women and have a shorter life expectancy, so initiatives that shine a line a light on improving men’s health are really important."

The program sees students provide groups of five to seven men from the Sunshine Coast community with training and health advice over a period of eight weeks, with prizes awarded to the teams who show the greatest improvement in strength, endurance, body composition and overall result.

The students will also host a series of workshops for the men during the challenge, shining a light on other facets of health like mindfulness, injury prevention and nutrition.

“We get our students to run group training challenges as part of their assessment each year, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to work alongside the council to help get the men in our community active and engaged in improving their health,” Mr Barr said.

“We’ve already seen some spectacular results at the halfway point, with one gentleman having already reduced his waistline by 8.5cm."

Mayor Mark Jamieson said Men's Health Week would feature engaging events, promotions and activities that were tailored to the needs of men and boys.

“Good health cannot be taken for granted,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“With weeks like this one, we are putting the focus onto the health of men and boys who I know can sometimes overlook the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.

“The Healthy Sunshine Coast Men’s Health Challenge facilitated by TAFE Queensland fitness students is a great example of a program that achieves real results for a group of dedicated and motivated men.

“In line with the aims of the Social Strategy, Men’s Health Week is helping us to build a healthy, smart, creative region and I’m proud to be part of raising awareness of the importance of looking after your health.”

If you’re interested in participating in the Healthy Sunshine Coast Program, visit for more information or to register.

Or why not pursue a career in fitness? Apply now for July by visiting or call 1300 308 233 today.