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Deadly Choices

Deadly Choices

Deadly Choices is a health promotion initiative of the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH).

Deadly Choices aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make healthy choices for themselves and their families to stop smoking, to eat good food and exercise daily. Deadly Choices also encourages our people to access their local Community Controlled Health Service and complete an annual ‘Health Check’. In Aboriginal slang, if something is ‘deadly’ it is great. As such a Deadly Choice is a good choice, and we encourage community to make such choices each day.

Deadly Choices – Healthy Lifestyle Program

The Deadly Choices Healthy Lifestyle Program encourages two-way and peer-to-peer collaboration as a successful way of learning how to make Deadly Choices every day. Providing participants with the knowledge to make healthy lifestyle choices and supports participants to be positive role models and mentors for their families, peer group and community by leading a healthy lifestyle.

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Deadly Choices - Good Quick Tukka

The Deadly Choices Good Quick Tukka Education Program gives participants an understanding of the history Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have with nutrition, helping them gain awar eness of the impact this has on their current health.

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Deadly Choices – Senior Games

The Deadly Choices Senior Games program promotes social and emotional wellbeing for our Elders and involve fun activities around quality of life, strong social connections and a sense of community belonging. The Seniors Games are open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 50 who have completed a routine health check, including those with disability, and those in wheelchairs or who use mobility aids.

We modify the games so everyone can participate and have fun in a safe and positive environment.

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Deadly Choices – Tobacco Education Program

The Deadly Choices Tobacco Education Program aims to create change through positive messages that focus on how we as individuals and as communities can make healthy lifestyle choices.

This program aims to educate our communities about cultural history in relation to the tobacco use and its harmful effects, how participants can support themselves and those around them on their quit journey.

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Deadly Choices – Traditional Indigenous Games

The Deadly Choices Traditional Indigenous Games program encourages participants to embrace their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity and further develop their understanding of their culture. 

Traditional Indigenous Games are used as a tool to direct good health and education practices, as the program continuously reflects on cultural values as a cornerstone of healthy lifestyle behaviours, and encourages participants to support their friends, family, and community to do the same. 

Deadly Choices Fun Indigenous Training – DC FIT

The Deadly Choices Fun Indigenous Training (DC FIT) Program is designed for participants to exercise in a culturally safe and supportive environment.

Deadly Choices Program Officers who hold Certificates III and/or IV in Fitness deliver the program.

Physical activity is one of the best ways to manage and reduce the risk of chronic illness especially cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, hypertension, mental health and diabetes.