With more than half of the Northern Rivers adults and a quarter of the children overweight or obese, it isn’t surprising that many people will be making resolutions to lose weight and get healthier in 2014.
Jillian Adams, Manager of NNSW LHD Health Promotion said, “We have free scientifically-proven programs to help people lose weight, improve their diet, get fitter, quit smoking and drink more responsibly.”
For NSW residents who are 18 years and over, the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service offers free telephone based health coaching calls. The health coaching calls run for six months and are conducted by a University qualified Health Professional who will assist in:
- Developing personal goals
- Creating action places
- Maintaining motivation
- Identifying problem areas and creating solutions for successful lifestyle change.
Ms Adams said, “The program has already provided help to people all over NSW to lose weight and reduce their waist circumference. These results can reduce the risk of chronic disease as well as increase participant’s quality of life and self-esteem.”
Call Get Healthy on:1300 806 258
or go to:
The free Go4Fun Program is designed for children aged between 7 and 13 years of age and who are above their healthy body weight. The Go4Fun program helps children to become fitter, healthier and happier.
“The program has achieved outstanding results so far. Kids come along to play fun games with Play Leaders and Parents come along to learn about ways to make it easier to feed their children healthy food and provide alternatives to screen time,” Ms Adams said.
Go4Fun Programs will run in Evans Head, Goonellabah, Pottsville, Grafton and Murwillumbah this term if enough children are enrolled. There will also be an Indigenous program run in conjunction with Bullinah Aboriginal Medical Service.
“It is a really supportive program where parents share successes and help each other with the challenges of parenting. The leaders have a wealth of tips and tricks to make feeding kids simpler and healthier,” said Ms Adams.
Parents can get in touch with their local Go4Fun program by calling:
02 6620 7504 or free call 1800 780 900
or registering online at:
CHEGS exercise and qigong classes are a great low-cost way to improve or maintain your fitness levels. Check for a class near you at:
People, who are considering quitting smoking, should call: 137848 (13QUIT)
If you are concerned with the amount of alcohol you drink, do the Drink Check survey and get some advice at Healthy North Coast website at: