Sign ups now open to health challenge

State of Origin is not the only battle kicking off tonight with the launch of the Mackay Hospital and Health Service (Mackay HHS) V Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS) challenge measuring tool.

Partnering with CQUniversity the 10,000 Steps website ( has been redesigned to include a health challenge section where participants can count their steps and record their waist measurements and kilograms.

Chief Executive Jo Whitehead said the challenge will officially kick off 18 June but now is the time to gather your tribe, challenge your Central Queensland HHS counterparts and sign up as a participant.

Participants also have the chance to win a major prize, which is a $3,000 Mackay City Centre voucher to help them on their health journey.

“Signing up is easy. All you have to do is visit, create your own account, enter your current health information and choose the Mackay Hospital and Health Service challenge. Then you’re ready to get started.

“The health challenge is a great opportunity to become more active, lose weight and waist girth and participate in a fun initiative with colleagues, friends or family.

“So dust off your walking shoes and round up your tribe because we need every one of you involved.

“C’mon Mackay HHS, we can definitely do this!”

Jo is determined to take home the title of healthiest regional community and is urging staff and public to join her in what she is calling the Health Service Origin.

“I’ve thrown down my challenge to CQHHS Chief Executive Steve Williamson and now I’m asking for Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday to join me in proving we can beat them,” she said.

“I’m very confident in saying we are ready to really cane our neighbours; we’re going to lose more centimeters, take more steps and we’re absolutely going to lose more kilograms.”

Beating CQHHS is not the only aim in this game, Jo also wants people to know they can really make a change in their lives and have the full support of Mackay HHS and its partners.

Kicking off 18 June the health challenge will run for 16 weeks with Mackay HHS working to be crowned the winner at the end.

Click here to sign up to the challenge today!

Thank you to our sponsors for helping us make this challenge come to life!

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