Local children will be better equipped to make healthy life choices as New Acland Mine brings the Cancer Council Queensland's QUEST program to local school students.
Local children will be better equipped to make healthy life choices as New Acland Mine brings the Cancer Council Queensland's QUEST program to local school students. This is the mine's third year delivering the program to local schools around New Acland, the most recent being Biddeston State School last Monday (5th June). Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Jillian Huth said the program is designed to promote healthy choices in diet, sun safety and exercise, and aims to educate children about the dangers of smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. "What many people don't realise is that one third of all cancer cases are preventable through healthy living," Jillian said. "With that in mind, we developed our QUEST program to educate communities on healthy choices and hopefully reduce cancer risk factors." "We had a great afternoon with students at Biddeston State School and we're looking forward to visiting more local school students over the next few weeks." New Hope Community Liaison Bec Meacham said Cancer Council Queensland shared a similar health message to New Acland Mine. "Health and wellness is a really big deal at New Acland Mine and we've invested a lot of time and energy in promoting our health message both on and off the mine site," Bec said. "As adults, it often takes a health scare to start adopting healthier habits in food and exercise." "What we're aiming to do with the QUEST program is instil these health lessons in our local children early and hopefully encourage them to form healthy habits from a younger age." You can learn more about the Cancer Council Queensland and the QUEST program via their website at https://cancerqld.org.au/