Kick start your healthy lifestyle

Are you interested in learning about your health, getting active, making new friends and being involved in your local community? Then Sons of the West is for you! 

Facilitated by the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation in partnership with local councils and community health services across western Victoria, Sons of the West is a free 8-week online health program commencing in mid-July 2020. 

Benefits in joining Sons of the West 

  • Learn about health with experts covering topics including nutrition, mental health and stress, gender equity, alcohol and gambling
  • Get active with a range of exercises to meet everyone’s fitness levels
  • Get involved with a community of great people and meet other great guys
  • Loads of giveaways and incentives throughout the program including customised Sons of the West incentives and the chance to win signed merchandise from the Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Plenty of support along the way
  • More accessible than ever since it is all from the safety of your home

Proven outcomes

In 2019, a total of 640 men participated in SOTW, with 90% reporting they better understand services offered by local health organisations and 85% feeling more knowledgeable about each of the health topics.  

“After the first few weeks on the program, I noticed a change in my weight and family also commented on the change in my general wellbeing. I now have regular medical checks, I’m more outgoing and reduced my weight significantly thus reducing potential health issues later in life. Sons of the West change my life for the good and will continue to further on into the future” Mike Dunne, Sons of the West Participant.

"My nephew suggested I join him on a men's health program called Sons of the West (SOTW) as I was not kind to my health in the past. From the first session the SOTW challenged us to go for a health check. It was later confirmed that I had Diabetes. The doctor also ordered a test for my heart called an ECG. To my surprise, I was told that sometime in the past I had a heart attack. Really?! I could not believe it. I had no noticeable symptoms. I was admitted to Western Private Hospital where three stents were inserted to clear a totally blocked artery attached to my heart. This is all thanks to the Sons of the West program. I can honestly say my family and I are grateful to all who work tirelessly to bring about such great outcomes, thank you". Anthony Camilleri

Who can join?

Sons of the West is open to men aged 18 and over who live in Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Melton, Wyndham, Ballarat and Whittlesea.

When and where? 

The program commences mid-July 2020 and has flexible options to participate including online via Zoom on a Monday afternoon or evening, and small face-to-face groups (limited spaces).

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WIN a Signed 2019 AFL Guernsey  

Sign up before 12pm Monday 13th July for your chance to WIN a 2019 AFL guernsey signed by our entire playing group. 

View competition terms & conditions here.

Follow the registration link based on where you live:


Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Melton, Wyndham and Ballarat



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