The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) inc.

Healthy lives start in backyard

A suburban back shed has become the unlikely location for a successful program that is improving young people's health.


Aboriginal teenagers are being trained in fitness and nutrition to help prevent heart disease and reduce anti-social behaviour.

The shed behind a house at Athol Park in Adelaide's western suburbs has been transformed into a fully-functional gym.

After helping one of his friends lose 70 kilograms, Scott Weinert decided to put his knowledge to wider use, opening his home to Aboriginal youth to teach them about healthy living.

"I want to educate these young fellas about the food side of things and the fitness side of things so they can take that into life and that's where you're going to bridge the gap," he said.

The qualified chef and nutritionist teamed up with personal trainer Cameron McKinnon to kit out the shed.

Most of the money for the equipment has come from donations and fundraising.

"A lot of time's gone into this, you know, it's not something that's providing income or a job for anybody," Cameron McKinnon said.

At the end of the day you're stopping people getting into drugs and alcohol, you're also stopping people having issues around obesity and a whole range of other things that unfortunately do impact heavily on Aboriginal people

Scott Wilson


Healthy lives start in backyard