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The Healthy lifestyle and weight management program has been running since 2005 and is 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 is usually run over a six week period and consisted of talks, activities and health screenings. The course leaders use 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 is to build the knowledge and skills of the participants, to enable them to purchase healthy foods when shopping and prepare healthy meals at home.
Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative Limited
64 Hannell Street
Wickham NSW 2293
Ph: (02) 4969 2424
The 10 out of 10 deadly health stories - nutrition and physical activity booklet presents 10 successful nutrition and physical activity programs from 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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