The past few months in isolation have been challenging for many.  

To unite the community again, the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, in partnership with local councils and community health services across western Victoria, is excited to launch the Sons of the West (SOTW) program.

A modified version of the SOTW health program will be delivered online in small group meetings.

SOTW aims to empower men in the west to lead healthier lives by providing education, physical activity opportunities and a supportive social network.  The program will feature a range of experts covering topics including nutrition, mental health and stress, gender equity, alcohol and gambling.

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Real Strength Belongs to the West

In our second instalment of Belong to the West Bulldogs Media spoke to Aaron Fowkes, who after the passing of his father and suffering metal health issues joined the Bulldogs Sons of the West program

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“After the first few weeks on the program I noticed a change in my weight and my family also commented on the change in my general wellbeing,” said participant Mike Dunne.

“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 changed my life for the good and will continue to into the future.”

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A Sons of the West Journey

Follow the deeply personal reflection of one man's Sons of the West experience as Jonathan Manallack strives to achieve his health goals.

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

The program will run for eight weeks, commencing in mid-July 2020 with the option of joining on a Monday afternoon or evening via Zoom.

There are loads of giveaways provided to participants throughout the program, including customised Sons of the West incentives and the chance to win signed merchandise from the Western Bulldogs Football Club.

Registrations are now open for men aged 18 and over who live in Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Melton, Wyndham, Ballarat and Whittlesea.