Australian Vietnam veteran fighting fit again

(EXCERPT) NIKKI ROBERTS Wednesday, 22 January 2003

Vietnam veterans in Dubbo have put their health back on track
according to the results of a special program run by the National
Heart Foundation.

Local man Eric Chamberlain participated in the initiative called
'Vietnam Veterans Heart Health' and his personal results speak for

"I've lost 35 kilos in nine months from the beginning of the program
last year," Mr Chamberlain said.

"I'm feeling very good for it and the Heart Health program was well
worth it.

"I get around a lot better and I'm definitely more active."

When Vietnam veterans went to war they were among the fittest of their
generation, but a nationwide survey in 1998 found the veterans had a
higher rate of heart disease and associated risk factors than other
males their age.

Mr Chamberlain said he used to be very fit as he was not only a former
police officer, but Australian and Oceania heavyweight boxing champion
in 1972.

"The program was really good because it involved diet and nutrition as
well as exercise," Mr Chamberlain said.

"It makes you aware of what you should eat and how to read th...

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