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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 is currently being delivered to community members by:

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Queensland Health
Queensland Health Building
147-163 Charlotte Street
Brisbane Qld 4000
GPO Box 48
Brisbane Qld 4001
Ph: (07) 3234 0111

Townsville Community Health Service
Kirwan Health Campus
138 Thuringowa Drive
Kirwan Qld 4817
Ph: (07) 4433 0500

Evaluated publications

Tropical Public Health Network (2001)

Healthy weight program evaluation: summary report 1996-1999.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Dunn S, Dewis E (2001)

Healthy weight program evaluation, Queensland 1996-1999.

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


Last updated: 20 June 2016
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