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Living Strong Program



The Living Strong Program (formerly known as the Healthy Weight Program encourages participants to seek a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition and physical activity, and teaches them life skills to be able to implement this in their daily lives. Living Strong includes optional health screenings and up to 12 workshops that can be combined in a variety of ways to suit community and local group needs.

The program is designed to be delivered by generalist health staff such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, staff in community health services as well as in non-government health services. Living Strong facilitators participate in a five-day training program and are offered implementation and evaluation support by population health staff in Queensland Health. The program is supported by a facilitators manual for the 5 day course, and nutrition resources.

Training to become a Facilitator is not available at present and hard copies of the resources are no longer available.

The 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

Related publications

Living strong: healthy lifestyle cookbook (2008)

Charteris D, Elwell M, Robertson H, Duffy L, Conchin S, Griffin L, McLachlan G, Tropical Population Health Services

The Living strong: healthy lifestyle cookbook was developed in response to requests from clients attending the Healthy Weight and Living Strong programs that have been successfully conducted in Queensland since 2005. The programs were designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. Clients of the programs felt there was a need for a cookbook with healthy recipes to complement the program and to assist them in making healthier choices when preparing meals for their families.

The cookbook provides a variety of healthy recipes including some traditional cooking ideas. The recipes are provided to encourage people to use more vegetables, fruit, lean meat and fish to make quick and easy nutritious meals. For each of the recipes there is information provided about the number of serves of fruit and vegetables. The cookbook shows steps by step instructions for each recipe with coloured photographs and tucker tips.

Training in the Living Strong Program has ceased, but the cookbook is still available via the links below.

The program is still being delivered in Queensland and New South Wales.

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Evaluated publications

Queensland Health (2005)

2005 Evaluation of the Healthy Weight Program: summary report.

Brisbane: Queensland Health


Last updated: 27 July 2017
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