After shedding 19kg, a fitter version ready for anything.
After shedding 19kg, a fitter version ready for anything. Contributed

Mark shedding the kilos

A YEAR ago, Mark Guyder's weight was stopping him from doing the things he loves.

Weighing nearly 100kg, the Macarthur Coal employee at Coppabella Mine couldn't even stand up on his snowboard.

Now, with more than 19kg off his frame, Mark is enjoying life again.

The 27-year-old recently won a health initiative launched by Macarthur Coal in cooperation with Diabetes Queensland.

More than 130 employees at Coppabella mine took part in the “Biggest Winner” program which started in January. The 15-week challenge was aimed at improving their fitness, diet and general health.

The program was prompted by figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics which showed three-quarters of workers in the mining industry are either overweight or obese.

“With this job it's hard to keep the weight off. I didn't even realise I was putting it on until it was way out of hand,” said Mark.

Mark first decided to do something about his health when his waistline hit 100cm last year.

“I knew that meant I was more at risk of heart disease and diabetes so I decided it was time for a change,” he said.

“At the time of the competition I'd already lost 10kg so I thought why not give it a shot and see if I have it in me.”

Turns out Mark did, along with the other employees who collectively lost an impressive 180kg and 354cm.

Mark said it was important for the mining industry to invest in health programs because it would help companies keep their employees and make the job more appealing.

He can now look forward to an overseas snowboarding trip next year.



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