The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 'Active Breed' program has come to a conclusion with a special graduation held during the club's final game of the season against the Cronulla Sharks at ANZ Stadium.
Active Breed was a 12-week program focused on encouraging men to improve their physical and mental health and lose weight through a series of weekly education and exercise sessions.
The sessions were held at and around Belmore Sports Ground and run by health experts, Active Breed coaches and Bulldogs legends.
The graduation was a celebration of the 24 participants who took part in the program over the past 12 weeks.
Dr Emma George from Western Sydney University was on hand to speak about the program and the results gained.
Bulldogs players Kieran Foran and Raymond Faitala Mariner visited the participants and their families, while the awards were handed out by club legends Steve Mortimer and Chris Anderson.
Each participant received a certificate for completing the program, while five men walked away with an extra award.
o Terry Lamb "Mr Reliable" Award – Brett Rowe
o Social Media Star – Andrew Mayfield
o Coach's Award – Malcolm Gill
o Player's Player – Sam Fodda
o Weight Loss Champion – Sushil Shrestha (9.9kg weight loss)
Over the course of the 12 weeks, the men lost a total of 57.3kgs, an average weight loss of 3kgs per participant, total waist circumference reduction of 65.9cm and an average waist circumference reduction of 6.6cm per participant.
"It feels really good to lose all the weight. This is a program that I have speaking to my friends about. It's not just about your health, but your mental state as well. It's been great to meet new people who have similar issues. It's been great to be a part of it and I highly recommend this program to other people," Sushil Shrestha said.