DediKate Rural Fitness Campaign aims to break down barriers and connect women on earth | Northern Daily Leader

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    A new health and fitness campaign hopes to connect rural women in Tamworth and across the country through the shared interests of life on earth. Statistics from the Australian Institute of Health show that those who live in regional, rural and remote areas are less likely to participate in regular physical activity than their counterparts in larger cities. This number increases in remote communities and indigenous peoples. DediKate Rural online program aims to break down barriers and take a proactive approach towards the physical and mental health of rural women. Australian country music star Brooke McClemont is the show’s official ambassador, and she said it helped her get back on track at a time when she needed it most. “I had a baby two years ago, I just had a hip replacement and started thinking about getting back in shape, but I live in a remote area that I can’t join a gym,” she said. Read also: A vote for many women in the bush McClemont and partner Adam Eckersley live on a 100-acre property 40 minutes west of Forester in the middle of the North Coast. Between being a mother, running the farm, and her music career, she’s admitted that her own needs have been pushed to the side. “Women always put themselves last, that’s just what we do,” she said. “When I get a moment with myself, I just want to sleep.” The program includes short 20-30 minute workouts at home, recipes and a supportive community of rural women to connect with. Tamworth’s local Bec Gracie encouraged women to take part in the programme, which she said helped her find time for herself as a busy working mom. “I’ve lived in rural Australia my whole life and over the past two years I’ve already had extensive intermittent training, and to be completely honest it has made me sane during the COVID lockdowns, running a business from home and homeschooling,” she said. “Being in the music industry, it’s been a really tough few years and I’ve been talking to a lot of artists who have had their lives and their worlds turned upside down.” We are all trying to support each other and I needed an outlet, something I did for myself. “The eight-week program begins on Monday, March 21. Our journalists work hard to bring up-to-date local news to the community. This way you can continue to access content: