The Clothing The Gaps Foundation is an independent Aboriginal-led not for profit run by Public Health practitioners. We exist to get Aboriginal people and Communities moving so that years are added to Aboriginal people’s lives.
Why do we do this? Currently the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-indigenous people in Australia is still too large.
We know physical activity is important because positive lifestyle habits play a key role in achieving and maintaining health and wellbeing. Healthy habits such as being active reduces the risk of heart disease, some cancers and type two diabetes. It strengthens muscles and bones, helps to maintain body weight and can reduce symptoms of depression. Getting moving also creates opportunity to connect with Community and Country.
Body, mind, spirit and Country...it’s all connected, Aboriginal people have known this for tens of thousands of years.
We believe in self-determination in health because Aboriginal Community knows Aboriginal Community issues, opportunities and challenges best.