Get Healthy Service participants who complete the 6-month coaching program make significant improvements to their:
Improvements in weight, waist circumference, moderate physical activity, fruit and vegetable and take-away meal consumption remained significant after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics.
Participants who complete the 6-month coaching program on average lose 3.9kg & 5cm off their waist circumference. more information....
Table: Anthropometric and behavioural risk factor changes from baseline to 6-months for Get Healthy Service coaching participants (February 2009 - December 201).
- The past 6 months have seen exciting growth for the Get Healthy Service with the project team expanding to four full-time staff.
- An enhanced module for Aboriginal people has also been developed and was launched in November 2012. Aboriginal people who enroll in the coaching program receive an additional three coaching calls and a mini-graduation at midpoint.
- The Aboriginal module is being promoted through a partnership with the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, and the Rugby League Knockout Challenge.
- A partnership with the Multicultural Health Communications Service has developed workshops for Filipino, Indian and Sri Lankan health professional peak bodies to promote the Get Healthy Service and to better understand the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
- Media advertising has been approved for 2013 and 2014 including the development of a new creative approach.
- The redevelopment of the Get Healthy website is well underway. We are creating an interactive, dynamic website that engages new participants and supports existing participants in the achieving their goals.
A priority direction enhancing the effectiveness of the mass media advertising by also working with general practitioners and health professionals to increase referrals to the Service. The team will visit all NSW Local Health Districts over the next year to share the Get Healthy Service story and to discuss ways to promote referral to the Get Healthy Service.
The Office of Preventive Health is currently developing an enhancement of the Get Healthy Service to target prevention of Type 2 diabetes. This program will be based on the Sydney Diabetes Prevention Program and will target NSW adults that have a AUSDRISK score over ≥ 12. An additional enhancement module will also be developed for women at risk of gestational weight gain.
The next 12 months will also see the implementation of an exciting Social Network Analysis research project. The research will examine the diffusion of information through the social networks of various Aboriginal communities across NSW. Additional evaluation studies are also being conducted including a trial of SMS messaging as a maintenance strategy.