by Jacob Wilson
PIONEER Park was full of family activities and cultural fun on Wednesday with the Deadly Choices Community Day proving to be a massive hit.
The smoke and alcohol free day offered all community members a chance for health checks and education about making healthy lifestyle choices.
It also involved copious amounts of fun and laughter with a variety of exciting activities, including a rock climbing wall, jumping castle, face painting, rugby league drills, drumbeat, yoga and tai chi.
On arrival parents and kids were issued with a card to be stamped by the various stall holders.
Each participant received information about issues that can affect their health at each stall and after the stamped card was completed, they were able to select their own Deadly Choices shirt.
Deadly Choices ambassador and Former Brisbane Bronco player Jharal Yow Yeh was hard at work signing autographs for local fans, and hanging out with local community members.
He was deeply involved with all the activities, including a drumbeat session and a friendly game of footy with the local kids.
Mr Yow Yeh said the Deadly Choice events were particularly important in regional and rural areas because there were not as many facilities to help people in smaller communities.
"(The day) was a great initiative and a great turnout,” he said.
"I was talking to kids before and they didn't have a clue about how much sugar is in coke, just the small things that change their lives and can prevent diseases,” he said.
"(It is about) changing the lifestyle of how we live basically”.
Labor candidate for Whitsunday Bronwyn Taha said the event was well attended by both indigenous and non indigenous people.
"What stood out was how many people were there, it's great that we have so much support from wonderful community groups,” she said.
"It was great to note the important role that tai chi and yoga plays in mental health awareness.”