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The Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service commenced the Healthy lifestyle program because a large number of clients were identified as overweight.
The program was developed in collaboration with staff from Weight Watchers, who were able to give advice and guidance in the early stages. The program is now run solely by the AMS staff.
The Healthy lifestyle program runs for 12 weeks, with weekly meeting including a weigh-in, a talk on an aspect of healthy eating or activity, meal preparation, and an exercise session. Talks include topics such as:
The familiarity and supportive environment enable staff to also discuss other health-related behaviours such as smoking. The program aims to be run twice a year, with a break over the colder months of winter.
Abstract adapted from 10 out of 10 deadly health stories
Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service
5 Wiradjuri Place
Griffith NSW 2680
PO Box 1424
Griffith NSW 2680
Ph: (02) 6964 4533
Fax: (02) 6964 8785
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.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract