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Sons of the West program for men’s health back in 2023

Australian Rules Football 2023 Round 1 gets underway on 16 March as Richmond takes on Carlton and 2022 champions Geelong meet Collingwood.

A week earlier, across Melbourne’s western suburbs, a successful program teaching men how to get active and learn more about their health, will kick off as part of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation.

Sons of the West is a free, 10-week health program that covers nutrition, mental health, gender equity, masculinity, health screenings and group-based exercises.

Participants will also hear from a range of guest speakers and connect with other blokes in a safe and inclusive space. As well as providing social connection, they will learn tools and techniques for improving health and well-being and be exposed to a range of exercise programs that suit a wide range of fitness levels.

Sons of the West now receives State Government and local funding and each sessions lasts around two hours.

With past years impacted by Covid-19 restrictions, 2023 sees an expansion to 12 venues, including an Online-only option.

The council areas involved are: Ballarat, Sunbury, Brimbank, Hobson’s Bay Newport, Hobson’s Bay Laverton, Maribyrnong, West Footscray, Melton Fraser Rise, Melton Cobblebank, Wyndham Werribee, Wyndham Werribee evening.

Further reading

Read: Sons of the West continues on line (AMHF)

Read: Sons of the West was a life-saver (Western Bulldogs)

Read: Sons of the West proves game-changer for retired firey John Anderson (Ballarat Courier)


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