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In the Shoalhaven region of the NSW South Coast, the Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation has introduced a program to improve women's health. The Waminda Aboriginal women's health and wellbeing program promotes healthy eating and increased physical activity for Aboriginal women.
The goal of the program is to provide women with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program that incorporates physical activity and healthy eating education sessions. The program hopes ultimately to change the high rate of chronic disease in the community.
Willow Firth, one of Waminda's project coordinators, has noticed changes both in the women's body composition and in their self-confidence and self-esteem. She has seen the women becoming stronger, both physically and mentally. ‘It's an absolute pleasure to observe these life changes knowing the women will get more out of life,' she said.
The program includes a comprehensive and intensive tobacco cessation program, healthy wellbeing camps, support for the community garden, localised health promotion and health education days. The community garden has vegetables and herbs, giving people a chance to access affordable fresh food items and the opportunity to grow new foods that they have not tasted.
The project is part of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing’s Live longer! campaign.
Source: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation
77 Osborne Street
PO Box 978
Nowra NSW 2541
Ph: (02) 4421 7400
Fax: (02) 4421 5004