Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service and Deadly Choices have joined forces to promote healthy lifestyles in the Katherine region.
At an official launch on Tuesday afternoon, Wurli Wurlinjang announced any clients who get a health check at the clinic will receive a free Deadly Choices shirt, based on the playing strips of professional football and rugby teams.
Deadly Choices is an initiative from the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, which aims to "empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make healthy choices for themselves and their families".
Wurli Wurlinjang chief executive officer Suzi Berto said this is the first partnership between the Katherine based health service and Deadly Choices.
She said the partnership will promote lifestyle changes and regular health check ups to their clients, who are mostly Indigenous.
"It's all about people of all ages living a healthier lifestyle," she said.
"And showing there are better options in life, eating healthier and taking care of yourself."
Ms Berto said the program aims to "change the cycle" and introduce better dietary and exercise habits to their clients.
"(Such as) eating healthy food, being active and living a long healthy life," she said.
The shirts on offer display Indigenous art, and resemble the playing strips of AFL clubs Essendon and Hawthorn, as well as the NRL club North Queensland Cowboys.
Attending the launch were former NRL players and current Deadly Choices ambassadors Brenton Bowen and Willie Tonga, as well as former international touch rugby player Bo de la Cruz.
Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation chair Lisa Mumbin spoke at the launch and welcomed the partnership.
Ms Mumbin spoke about her personal and family experience with Wurli Wurlinjang, and said she was "passionate about health" in the Katherine community.
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