Australians challenging themselves to go sugar free this September can have a major impact on the lives of others and not just their waistline.
Whether you want to tame a sweet tooth, need a diet overhaul or another challenge, Sugar Free September is expected to give its participants a run for their money.
The inaugural health and fundraising initiative Sugar Free September is about reducing the processed and refined sugar in your diet, while raising funds and awareness to improve the lives of people living with Muscular Dystrophy. Australians consume an average of 53kg of sugar each year or the equivalent of about 29 teaspoons of sugar (both added and natural) each day with the first ever Sugar Free September already attracting health-conscious participants.
MDNSW chief executive officer Pene Hodge said the timing of the initiative was ideal as many people would be coming out of winter hibernation and starting to improve their health as they prepared themselves for the warmer months. She acknowledges Sugar Free September will be a tough challenge for many and recommended roping in a support network or starting a fundraising page for added accountability.
Ms Hodge said every dollar raised will go towards providing critical support to families affected by Muscular Dystrophy. She said fundraising was the organisation’s main source of income, allowing it to provide their world-first specialised Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, targeted sport and special interest programs, counselling, family retreats and camps for the kids.
“Sugar Free September is about a healthy diet. We’re advocating a natural diet; it’s an initiative that will suit almost anyone interested in improving their health,” she said.
Participants can register for $45 online, which sets up a personal fundraising page and is donated to Muscular Dystrophy NSW. The organisation hopes Sugar Free September becomes its major annual fundraiser, potentially attracting the same level of attention as Movember and Dry July, which would mean the availability of more services for people who live with Muscular Dystrophy.