Dec 6, 2011

Healthy habits funded in Canterbury

Canterbury residents will be able to access more health and fitness classes thanks to a $566,000 grant from the Gillard Labor Government’s Healthy Communities program.

The Canterbury Healthy Active Together (CHAT) project will support the following programs:

  • Beat It, developed by the Australian Diabetes Council, an evidence-based exercise and lifestyle program that consists of physical activity training and lifestyle education and nutrition sessions.
  • Heartmoves, an exercise program from the National Heart Foundation which is specifically designed to be safe for people who may have risk factors (such as obesity) or health conditions (such as arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes).
  • Heart Foundation Walking, also developed by the National Heart Foundation, a network of free community based walking groups led by volunteer community members.
  • HEAL, an eight week nutrition and physical activity program developed by the Macarthur Division of General Practice (with Exercise & Sports Science Australia) that targets adults who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Other local groups will provide swimming and yoga classes, exercise classes for older Australians, and culturally appropriate classes on how to cook healthy meals.

Over 60 percent of adults and 25 percent of kids are either overweight or obese and serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes are more likely to develop in people who are already overweight.

These programs can help keep Australians healthy and out of hospital. Summer is the ideal time to develop healthy habits.

I encourage Canterbury residents to contact the Council to take advantage of these programs.