Rugby League legend joins Mount Isa Health Expo

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Media Release | 0 comments

Mount Isa-born rugby league legend Scott Prince is the latest big name to be signed for the city’s inaugural Health Expo on 25–26 July.

He joins nationally renowned Indigenous chef Mark Olive, who will appear at the Mount Isa Health Expo on 26 July.

Mr Prince will speak at the Expo at the Buchanan Park Entertainment Centre at around 12.30 pm on Friday, 25 July, on the importance of making healthy choices.

During his career, Mr Prince played for Wests Tigers, the Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans, as well as for the Queensland State of Origin side.

He will be appearing at the Expo as the Deadly Choices Ambassador.

Deadly Choices is a campaign which aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make healthy choices for themselves and their families – to stop smoking, to eat good food and exercise daily.

Mr Scott’s participation in the Expo has been coordinated through Health Expo partner and Deadly Choices program agent Gidgee Healing.

His visit to the Health Expo aims to attract the community’s younger generation and empower them with positive messages.

Gidgee Healing Chief Executive Officer Dallas Leon spoke of the importance of Scott Prince’s addition to the Health Expo program.

“Having Scott Prince at the Expo in his role as an ambassador for the Deadly Choices campaign will not only encourage our youth to stop smoking, to eat good food and exercise daily, but also encourage people to access their local health services and complete a health check,’’ Mr Leon said.

“That means not just seeing a doctor when they are sick but visiting their health service and accessing support to prevent or better manage their chronic disease and remain healthy.

“The Mount Isa Health Expo aims to showcase the wide variety of health-related services available to the region and to explain to residents what each of our health service providers and businesses do, what they are responsible for and how to access them.”

The inaugural Health Expo from 25–26 July at Buchanan Park also has secured the support of local Glencore mining operation and passionate community supporter Mount Isa Mines, which has partnered with the event as a major sponsor.

Chief Operating Officer for Glencore’s Copper Assets in North Queensland Mike Westerman said one of the company’s business priorities is to make a positive contribution to the communities in which it operates.

“A key part of our commitment to our communities is finding and investing in ways to support local people to live happy and healthy lives.” Mr Westerman said.

“As a major sponsor of Mount Isa’s first ever Health Expo, we’re very excited to play a part in championing a more healthy lifestyle for our people and providing greater access to health enrichment resources and services to more locals, which will ultimately help make Mount Isa a healthier, happier and more vibrant place to live.” The 2014 Mount Isa Health Expo is FREE to the public with all community members encouraged to attend.

For more details on the program, exhibitors and activities log on to the events website via the Mount Isa Health Expo Facebook page.