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Royal Flying Doctor Service delivering healthier outcomes for remote communities

Date posted: 20 September 2013

Best-known for its medical support in the bush, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is also committed to providing programs to improve the health and well being of remote communities.

The RFDS has been providing the Healthy living program since 2007, an initiative to motivate people to adopt a healthy lifestyle by encouraging and supporting healthy lifestyle changes in remote areas of South Australia (SA), focusing on increased physical activity and improved dietary intake.

The program is delivered to nine remote communities across four regional areas: Opley, Blinman, Oodnadatta, Ceduna, Yalata, Penong, Scotdesco, Andamooka and Marree.

Among many initiatives is a men's cooking group at Oodnadatta, that sees Indigenous men get together in the kitchen to learn how to be more resourceful and cook healthier meals. Group leader Billy Naylon takes part and enjoys the tasty efforts from the group.

'It's good for them because some of these boys here have got babies as well and the families and (they learn) to cook healthy ways, cooking for their children as well.'

'The RFDS Healthy Living Program has been successful for many reasons, including its long-term nature which is only possible through the generosity of the Li Ka Shing Foundation,' said John Lynch, RFDS Central Operations CEO. The Li Ka Shing Foundation has confirmed its third term of the donation, extending its support until 2016.

Source: ABC News, The Royal Flying Doctor Service


Last updated: 20 September 2013
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