Get Healthy Service participants who complete the 6-month coaching program make significant improvements to their:
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Healthy eating behaviours
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.
- In December 2013 a new Get Healthy Service website was launched. The website features a fresh new look as well as interactive content for program participants in a ‘participant’s only’ section. The participant’s only section will support participants in their Get Healthy journey through the provision of information, tools, tips, planners, and more.
- In January 2014 a new mass media campaign was launched by Minister Humphries and Geoff Heugill. The campaign features the real stories of six successful Get healthy Service graduates. The campaign includes television commercials and online videos, which can be seen here on the Get Healthy Service website.
- An enhanced module for people at risk of Type 2 Diabetes was launched in July 2013. This module is for Get Healthy Service participants with an AUSDRISK score of 12 or higher and includes additional sessions with specific type 2 diabetes prevention content.
- An enhanced module for Aboriginal people has been developed and was launched in November 2012. Aboriginal people who enrol in the coaching program receive an additional three coaching calls; a mini-graduation at midpoint and specific Aboriginal resources.
- 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.
- In 2013 a partnership with the Multicultural Health Communications Service resulted in the delivery of 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.
- In partnership with NSW Local Health Districts and some Medicare Locals the Get Healthy Service has undertaken 'Roadshows’ across NSW to increase awareness of the service amongst health and medical professionals and to encourage referrals into the service.
- A Social Networking Analysis study is underway. The study is designed to investigate the community reach of health information and to determine the key sources of health information within two local Aboriginal communities, specifically for the Get Healthy Service. A new Service Delivery agreement with Healthways Australia commenced on 1 January 2014, for a period of at least 3 years.