Wendell Sailor at the Hervey Bay Healthy Community Day at Seafront Oval in Pialba.
Wendell Sailor at the Hervey Bay Healthy Community Day at Seafront Oval in Pialba. Alistair Brightman

Former league star comes to coast to deliver message

PROMOTING indigenous health means a lot to former league star Wendell Sailor.

He was in Hervey Bay on Friday to support the Fraser Coast Healthy Community Day, which was held to coincide with World No Tobacco Day.

Health providers and services were on hand to share useful information while Sailor spoke about the health issues in his own family.

He lost his father to a heart attack more than 10 years ago.

His mum has diabetes, which makes Sailor even more passionate about getting the message about healthy living out into the community.

The ex-NRL star said it was a great day to be involved in and he was looking forward to talking to elders and watching various performances on the day.

The main thing was to promote healthy eating and cutting back on smoking and alcohol, he said.

Indigenous health worker Kylie McCartney said there was a higher rate of chronic disease and diabetes in Torres Strait and indigenous populations.

The day was aimed at addressing that and connecting people to health services, as well as showing them how many resources were available in the community.

She said it was hoped the day would help indigenous people have healthier, happier lifestyles.



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