Staying Health program launching in local GP clinics in January 2017

Far West Local Health District and general practices in Broken Hill are working together to offer a program to help people at risk of developing long-term disease to make changes  to their lifestyles to stay heathy.

The Staying Healthy Program is an early intervention program designed to help people at risk of developing long-term disease through lifestyle choices to make changes to their lifestyles to improve your health now and in the future.

Some of the lifestyles that can put people at risk of a developing a long-term disease include:

  • Smoking
  • Not being active
  • Poor diet choices
  • Being overweight
  • Drinking too alcohol

The Staying Healthy Program will target 20-55 year olds living in Broken Hill to support them to access and navigate the people and services they need to make changes to their lifestyles.   Changes to your lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing long-term diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and improve your overall health and wellbeing.

“The Staying Healthy Program puts you at the centre of your care, taking into account what matters to you, and better connects the people and services supporting you to share information to improve your health,” said Denise McCallum, Project Manager Integrated Care Far West LHD.

In January 2017 two general practices – Nachiappans and Broken Hill GP Super Clinic – will have Care Navigators to help people to keep on track with their health.

“The Care Navigators will help by making it easier to access and navigate the people and services you need and to follow up with your GP regularly,” said Ms McCallum. “The program will also assist you through and access to information, services and providers you need, and health coaching.”

If you are thinking of making small changes to your lifestyle in the New Year and are interested in joining the Staying Healthy Program please contact your GP and practice staff for more information.

If you would like more information on the Staying Healthy Program and how it can help you please contact Denise McCallum Project Manager Integrated Care Far West LHD on 8080 1315 or 0428 266 357 or email at denise.mccallum@health.nsw.gov.au  .

 

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