Tayla Monkhouse works out at Jetts Gym.
Tayla Monkhouse works out at Jetts Gym.

Support system for weight loss

PEOPLE who are making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight now have a service to keep them on track for the following 12 months.

The NSW Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service was introduced earlier this year and has been helping people make healthy lifestyle changes, such as healthy eating, physical activity and ways to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

The service has come at just the right time as a recent survey has found that 1.6 million adults in NSW now qualify as obese.

The study also showed that in the North Coast region 49.3 per cent of women and 64.4 per cent of men are either overweight or obese.

North Coast Area Health Service nutrition and physical activities co-ordinator Jillian Adams said the free service offers personal and confidential help to participants via a qualified health coach to help them set healthy lifestyle goals and maintain their motivation to keep achieving good results.

“Best of all, the Get Healthy Service is convenient and can be accessed from your own home, so achieving a healthy lifestyle has never been easier,” Ms Adams said.

Since the service was introduced in February, more than 5000 calls have been made to the service by NSW residents asking for the detailed information kit, as well as the option of taking part in a six-month coaching program.

“So, for those members of the community who need some information, advice or support, I challenge them to take the first step, especially men. Pick up the phone today and begin your journey towards being healthy and active.”

NSW is the first State to introduce a free telephone coaching and information service to help adults get healthy.

The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service is staffed by health coaches who are qualified as dieticians, exercise physiologists, psychologists and nurses.

The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service operates during extended hours between Monday and Friday, 8am until 8pm and provides people with a detailed information kit as well as the option of taking part in a six-month coaching program.

You can access Get Healthy by calling 1300 806 258 – a number that can be called from any NSW fixed landline for the cost of a local call – or by visiting www.gethealthynsw.com.au .



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