More Far West residents are accessing a free telephone based information and coaching program to lose weight, increase physical activity and make healthy lifestyle changes.
There was a 165% increase in Far West residents participating in the six month Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service during the January to December 2014 period.
“This is a fantastic response,” said Vanessa Linde, Health Promotion Officer, Far West Local Health District. “These really are encouraging results as we all try to reduce the incidence of chronic disease within our communities.”
The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service is a NSW Ministry of Health initiative offering a free telephone based service for NSW residents. It is staffed by qualified health coaches who provide information and ongoing, personalised support designed to help individuals achieve their weight loss goals. The service offers assistance in developing health goals, maintaining motivation, and creating solutions for successful and sustainable lifestyle changes.
Evaluation of the Get Healthy Service prior to 2014 showed that participants who completed the six month program lost an average of 3.9kgs and 5cm off their waist. In addition to losing weight, participants also increased their physical activity levels, ate more fruit and vegetables and decreased consumption of sweetened drinks.
“While the 2014 results released this week only provide a snapshot of the use and impact of the service, we are certain these figures will show similar positive results in terms of weight loss, increased physical activity and an overall rise in healthier lifestyle behaviours,” said Ms Linde.
We really encourage more Far West residents to take up this free service to help them reach their weight loss goals. People can refer themselves by phoning 1300 806 258 or for further information visit www.gethealthynsw.com.au.