Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Increased telephone support for Aboriginal people to 'get healthy'

Aboriginal people across NSW will have increased access to information and support about healthy eating, physical activity and weight management through a new telephone service launched by the Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, Kevin Humphries. Mr Humphries said the NSW Aboriginal Get Healthy Service is a free, confidential telephone service that will assist Aboriginal people to make healthy lifestyle changes and close the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

"This Aboriginal-specific telephone service provides Aboriginal people with free one-on-one coaching and goal setting from qualified health professionals to help set healthy lifestyle goals, overcome barriers and setbacks, maintain motivation and achieve long-term lifestyle changes." Mr Humphries said the NSW Government has developed this service to further address the inequitable health outcomes of Aboriginal people within NSW and ensure that programs are better designed to meet the needs of Aboriginal people across the State.

For more information about the Get Healthy program call 1300 806 258 (0800-2000 daily) or visit the Get Healthy website

Press release

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