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Healthy weight program



The Healthy weight program was a weight management and healthy lifestyle program developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in rural remote and urban communities.

It was developed by the Queensland Health Tropical Public Health Unit nutrition teams in Cairns and Townsville as a primary prevention intervention to address the high incidence of diabetes and other lifestyle diseases among North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults.

The program was developed in 1996 with an evaluation taking place in 1999. Following the evaluation the program was updated and renamed the Living strong program.

The Living strong program no longer operates in Queensland.

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Queensland Health
GPO Box 48
Brisbane Qld 4001
Ph: (07) 3234 0111

Evaluated publications

Dunn S, Dewis E (2001)

Healthy weight program evaluation, Queensland 1996-1999.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 25(4): 26-28

Tropical Public Health Network (2001)

Healthy weight program evaluation: summary report 1996-1999.

Brisbane: Queensland Health


Last updated: 30 July 2015
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