Mother of 12 fighting obesity by sharing health secrets

Lil Hogan (front) has twelve children and is running free community fitness sessions in parks across Ipswich. Pictured with her are some of her kids Maree (on shoulders), Elizabeth, Dom, Seb, Joel, Nick, Meg and Marcus Hogan. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Lil Hogan (front) has twelve children and is running free community fitness sessions in parks across Ipswich. Pictured with her are some of her kids Maree (on shoulders), Elizabeth, Dom, Seb, Joel, Nick, Meg and Marcus Hogan. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

SHE is Ipswich's super mum. East Ipswich mother of 12 Lil Hogan has remarkably maintained her fitness and is about to share her secrets of a healthy lifestyle with the community.

While bringing up her seven boys and five girls, aged from six to 30, friends and neighbours have always quizzed her on her fitness.

Now she has decided to get together with a group of friends to tackle the city's obesity problem.

After seeing research by the Heart Foundation which ranked Ipswich as the fourth most overweight community in the country, Lil Hogan decided to do something about it.

"I've always experienced good health even though I have had many children, because I have understood the importance of good nutrition, healthy eating and keeping active," she said.

"In my trek of having kids and keeping up with everything, I had the lows and highs and found out about nutrition, diet and exercise.

Her family and several like-minded friends got together and on December 1 kicked off the Healthy Active Lifestyle Project for the Ipswich Community.

The group holds free training sessions at North Ipswich, Brassall and Redbank Plains.

"My time has been markedly limited, so to reach this end we formed a team," she said.

"We realised that if we could just get people moving, and re-educated in an engaging, fun, and supportive way, the benefits would go beyond just personal transformations and would filter down to affect their families and eventually the whole community.

"Our family is fortunate in that we already live healthy, active lives, although I wouldn't say we are gym junkies."

Mrs Hogan said the free fitness sessions were designed for people of all fitness levels.

"Especially those who have lost contact with sport and fitness activities, or find it more favourable to train in a great, uplifting environment," she said.

The group also offers free body scans that give an overview of the body's wellness and is starting its first Body Transformation Challenge/Weight Loss Challenge which costs $49 to join.

The joining fee becomes the prize pool for the greatest losers of body fat percentage. For more information phone 0423 216 868.

Lil's tips

  • What you eat is what you become
  • Eat foods that meet your body's requirements, and drink water to keep hydrated
  • Surround yourself with people who encourage you
  • Don't underestimate the positive effects of regular exercise on the mind and body

Topics:  health and fitness ipswich obesity parenting

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