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Healthy Lifestyle and Weight Management Program



The Healthy Lifestyle and Weight Management Program began in 2005 and was based on the Living Strong Program developed in Queensland. The Living Strong Program has been shown to promote healthy eating and physical activity and improve participants' self esteem.

The program was usually run over a six week period and consisted of talks, activities and health screenings. The course leaders used activities and participant involvement to demonstrate healthy eating, with other practical examples such as the use of plastic models to demonstrate serving sizes.

The aim of the program was to build the knowledge and skills of the participants, to enable them to purchase healthy foods when shopping and prepare healthy meals at home.

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Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative Limited
64 Hannell Street
Wickham NSW 2293
Ph: (02) 4969 2424

Related publications

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (2009)

10 out of 10 deadly health stories: nutrition and physical activity.

Surry Hills, NSW: Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW

The 10 out of 10 deadly health stories - nutrition and physical activity booklet presents 10 successful nutrition and physical activity programs from New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). Programs ranged from cooking classes (Cooking Classes for Diabetes Program) and teaching of life skills (Healthy Lifestyle and Weight Management Program), to community based activities (Fruit and Vegetable Program and Market Garden and Building Healthy Communities Project). Despite the diversity in health topics they all shared several features, namely all were developed and tailored to meet needs identified by the Aboriginal communities in which the ACCHSs are located, and all have taken a 'holistic' approach.

The booklet was developed, produced and distributed by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AHMRC) of NSW and funding was provided by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.

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Last updated: 27 July 2017
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