Yamba makes the NSW Healthy Town Challenge Champions

Yamba makes the NSW Healthy Town Challenge Champions
Yamba has been named as one of five country communities selected to compete in the inaugural NSW Healthy Town Challenge. After a gruelling application process Yamba, along with Bomaderry, Cooma, Tottenham/Tullamore and Wellington will face off to see which community can lose the most weight and be crowned Healthy Town Challenge Champions.

The Town’s application was put together by the Clarence Valley Council and Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) Staff was applauded for its innovation in tackling the problem of obesity within the community. To support residents in the challenge, the NSW Ministry of Health has provided the local Healthy Town Committee with a $15,000 grant.

The challenge is about banding together as a community and working towards a healthier future. Anyone who would like to improve their eating or physical activity habits are encouraged to participate

Jillian Adams, NNSW LHD Health Promotion Manager said the grant will be utilised to encourage the community to embrace the values of healthy eating and active living, as well as promote local existing infrastructure such as community gardens, local walking trails and outdoor fitness equipment. In addition, participants will have access to a free phone based health coaching service for a six month period.

“The challenge is about banding together as a community and working towards a healthier future. Anyone who would like to improve their eating or physical activity habits are encouraged to participate,” said Kate Collins, Health Promotion Officer, Maclean Community Health.

“Our plans centre on promoting existing infrastructure and providing residents with the skills and knowledge to make healthier lifestyle choices,” Kate Collins said.

Many local residents and businesses are already on board and excited about how this challenge will benefit the wider community. If you would like to become a participant you need to:
  1. Register with the Get Healthy Service online (www.gethealthynsw.com.au) or by phoning 1300 806 258.
  2. Let the Yamba support team know you are participating by emailing yambahealthytowns@gmail.com.
  3. Spread the word and keep an eye out for Healthy Town events and activities.

The Healthy Town Challenge will be run by the NSW Government, through the NSW Office of Preventative Health and NSW Ministry of Health, together with Heart Foundation (NSW).

The competition will run from 1 October 2014 to 1 June 2015, with the collective weight loss total of all local residents being registered through the NSW Government’s ‘Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service’ that will be counted towards determining the eventual winner.

For more information or to get involved please email

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