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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Break the habit breakdance

 

Overview

The Break the habit breakdance project was an eight-month health education and physical activity program targeting young Aboriginal men aged between 17 and 25 years. The aim was to increase awareness about health, fitness and drug use as these were identified as a low priority for this group.

Participants were recruited through competitions, website design workshops and opportunities to development employment skills. Two hundred participants were recruited to take part in the program, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people. 

In the first eight weeks of the project education sessions were delivered about health and how participants could improve their own health. Information and demonstrations on basic breakdance skills were also held. A disco was organised so participants could showcase the skills they had learnt and to promote the program. Nutrition education also included The food cents program a Western Australian Health nutrition program incorporating food shopping sessions.

Local young workshop facilitators were used to deliver the sessions. They provided a fun and safe environment that resulted in the participants staying interested and engaged. The program was successful in:

At the end of the project the Break the habit breakdance website stayed online for a year after the funding ended. The cooking and breakdance classes continued and were promoted through the Swan City Youth Service.

Participants' health knowledge did not show any measurable differences at the end of the project.

The Swan City Youth Service/North Regional Youth Council delivered the program with funding provided by Healthway.

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Contacts

Healthway
Ground Floor
24 Outram St
West Perth WA 6005
PO Box 1284
West Perth WA 6872
Ph: (08) 9476 7000
Ph: 1800 198 450
Fax: (08) 9324 1145
Email: healthway@healthway.wa.gov.au

Lessons learned

The project showed:

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Last updated: 11 September 2014
 
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