WHATS ON: Health Market to curb Fraser Coast’s weighty issue
DANNY Mattsson feels and looks like he is 45-years of age - but he is 16 years older than that.
His secret for a youthful glow is eating well and keeping fit and he wants others in the Fraser Coast to join him in his healthy lifestyle.
A new monthly health market, organised by Mr Mattsson and the Rotary Club of Hervey Bay Sunrise, will begin this Saturday at the Hervey Bay Community Centre.
But it is not a normal market; there will be no delicacy food and knick-knacks for sale.
Instead free health testing including blood pressure readings and "real age" check will be on offer as well as advice from dieticians, physiotherapists and nurses.
Bollywood dancing, rock climbing and martial arts will also be enjoyed by those having a wander through the market's 20 stalls.
The theme of the day will be how to pack a healthy lunchbox.
Mr Mattsson said the Fraser Coast population's weighty issue with obesity could be beat through the community rallying together.
In December last year, the Chronicle reported 22,000 women and 24,000 men living on the Fraser Coast were considered overweight or obese, according to figures from the University of Adelaide.
By 2031, the average person is predicted to put on about 5kg and about three quarters of the population will not be considered the current normal weight - which is 71kg for women and 86kg for men, according to 2011 to 2012 Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.
"We are trying to get people to come (to the markets) and have fun," Mr Mattsson said.
"As you get older, keeping fit is very important...if you eat well and keep fit your incidences of getting cancer are reduced.
"If you go to surgery you will recuperate better."
When: Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm
Where: Hervey Bay Community Centre, 22 Charles St, Pialba.