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One of Australia’s most successful swimmers of all time, Susie O’Neill holds a record 35 Australian titles, 8 Olympic medals and a string of victories at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games.
Retiring from swimming after the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Susie was elected as a delegate of the IOC and set about instilling some of her champion qualities in the Olympic movement.
In February 2013, Susie, together with the Healthier Australia Commitment and the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC), launched ‘Together Counts’ - a program aimed at encouraging Australians to look at their energy balance via a new online resource.
A current energy “imbalance” exists in Australia, with two in three adults and one in four children overweight or obese. As a mother of two, Susie is encouraging Australian families to balance the kilojoules we eat and drink with the kilojoules we burn with activity, via Together Counts with suggestions for meals, lunchbox ideas and physical activity tips for the whole family. Susie’s involvement with Together Counts builds on the Healthier Australia Commitment members’ pledge to reduce sodium, saturated fat and energy across their product portfolios by 2015.
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