New weight loss program starting in Queanbeyan

Queanbeyan’s Body Basics Health and Fitness Club is creating a weight loss program.

Weight loss coach Mike Smith will start the program in May 2021.

Body Basics is the largest independent health and fitness club in Queanbeyan. It has been part of the community the past 30 years.

It provides health and fitness training, group exercise, assessments, and programs and advice for all ages and fitness levels.

Julian Everett, left, Margaret Stamatis-Everett and Mike Smith

It is owned and run by Margaret Stamatis-Everett and her husband Julian Everett. Together they are leaders in the health and fitness industry in Queanbeyan and Canberra.

Margaret was a health and fitness teacher at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), the Strategic Health and Fitness Adviser and Injury Prevention Adviser at the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety and a running coach. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

“We have long wanted to more directly help people achieve their weight loss goals”

Margaret Stamatis-Everett

“We have long wanted to more directly help people achieve their weight loss goals,” said Margaret.

“Mike has had great success in this field. We are thrilled to have him on board.”

Julian is a fitness coach, senior health and fitness teacher at CIT and keen surfer. He is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and has a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics.

“Weight management is vital to health and fitness,” Julian said.

“We’re pleased to offer this service to the community.”

Mike started doing gym, exercise and nutrition seriously about 20 years ago.

He was a successful Weight Watchers coach. His workshops grew to be among the biggest in Australia and New Zealand.

He is a registered Fitness Australia health and exercise professional, gym instructor, AustSwim swimming instructor and endurance athlete.

“The key to weight loss is support, guidance and the weekly weigh-in” said Mike.

“I’ve been overweight. It’s not easy to lose weight on your own. It helps to be with a group.

“Margaret and Julian have built a tremendously supportive community. It’s a privilege to be working at Body Basics.”

“It’s not easy to lose weight on your own. It helps to be with a group.”

Mike Smith

There are three elements to the program, Food and Fluids, Physical Activity, Thoughts and Feelings.

“Each week we look at a different topic,” said Mike.

“There are tips and practical advice. The group discussion is a revelation. We realise we’re not alone. We’re all thinking and feeling the same things.”

The latest data from the federal government’s Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows two thirds (67%) of Australian adults are overweight or obese. This is one of the higher rates in the world. It is up from 57% in 1995 and 42% in 1975. The increase is mainly due to a massive jump in obesity rates in Australia from 19% in 1995 to 31% in 2017-18.

The rates are also concerning for young people. Almost a quarter of Australian children and teenagers from 5 to 17 years are overweight or obese. This figure is up from 20% in 1995.

The Australian Government warns that being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. It is associated with higher rates of death.

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