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HEALInG Program: Healthy Eating Activities (and) Lifestyles (for) Indigenous Groups



The HEALInG Program is designed to provide realistic and practical information on healthy eating and lifestyle activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the north coast area of New South Wales.

The program is framed positively, with a focus on healthy eating rather than on just weight loss, however it is anticipated weight loss will occur as the participants go through the program. The program runs for 10 weeks at a time, and includes a one hour exercise class followed by information on healthy eating, food preparation and ways families can work towards a healthier lifestyle.

Program outcomes for participants include:

The HEALIng Program was adapted from the Healthy Weight Program, produced by Queensland Health.

Abstract adapted from Northern NSW Local Health District


Health Promotion Unit
Northern NSW Local Health District
Laurel Rogers
Aboriginal Health Promotion Officer
Ph: (02) 6620 7590

Related publications

Healing program resources: Healthy eating activities Lifestyles for Indigenous groups (2005)

Northern Rivers Area Health Service

These resources were developed as part of the Healthy Eating Activities (and) Lifestyles (for) Indigenous Groups (HEALInG) program, an Indigenous-specific program that aims to provide practical information for women facing social, emotional and financial difficulties.

The program is designed to provide support to these women in making positive lifestyle changes and taking control of their lives, with a focus on healthy activies, healthy eating, healthy lifestyles, self esteem, goal setting and overcoming life barriers.

The facilitators handbook contains information necessary to set up and run a HEALInG program within an Indigenous community, and discusses:

The program manual contains a detailed overview of how the program is organised, providing information about each session participants will be taking part in, and how it will benefit them.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

Zask A, Rogers L, Dietrich U (2007)

HEALInG program evaluation report: 2003-2004.

Lismore, NSW: North Coast Area Health Service, New South Wales Department of Health


Last updated: 27 July 2017
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