By Vanessa ChircopShare |
21st December 2010 02:05:11 AM
Helping hand … Garry McKenzie wants to help people lose weight. 58162
FOR Garry McKenzie joining a gym wasn't something he ever thought he would have the confidence to do.
The Laverton resident who suffers from acute anxiety disorder for many years felt isolated and on some days felt too dejected to even get off the couch.
Now coming out the other end of this mental illness Garry wants to use his experiences to help others who may be depressed, disadvantaged or suffering from a mental illness.
Your Best Body Challenge is the brainchild of Garry and with help from his friend and body builder Mike Holton they want to inspire others to take up the challenge.
The challenge, which has been designed as a competition, is targeting the isolated, disadvantaged and overweight people over 40 to get off the couch, get out of the house, exercise and meet new people.
Garry said this competition is not like a Biggest Loser competition – contestants will not be asked to send embarrassing photographs of themselves in their underwear.
“We don't want to embarrass people – this competition has a life focus. We won't kick you out if you don't lose enough weight,” he said.
“The ultimate goal is to lose weight and create a new lifestyle in the process.”
Garry wants to empower people to take control of their lives and start living more socially and healthily particularly those who suffer from a mental illness or a socially and economically disadvantaged.
“As a community we should take ownership of our community and try and help people,” he said.
Entering the competition is free; anybody can join with weekly prizes up for grabs.
Garry, who has a background in social work, is encouraging residents from all walks of life to get involved.
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