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It is starting to look a lot like Christmas

It is starting to look a lot like Christmas

07.11.2018

Or so the song goes. The carollers might not yet be out, and it is unlikely snow will make an appearance anywhere in Queensland (unless it is the artificial kind), but the fact is we will be at year end before you know it.

This is our last stakeholder newsletter for 2018 and we want to say a massive thank you for your support.

We are grateful for how the community, health sector and business has rallied together to make My health for life the success it is, particularly the participants who have put their faith in the program.

If you look up any dictionary it will define “alliance’’ as a relationship based on similar interests, united in achieving joint strategic goals. The Healthier Queensland Alliance is a fine example of just that and has worked hard to establish a positive and collaborative partnership.

As a result, the program has celebrated numerous wins in the past year:

  • The program is now active in every Queensland electorate and HHS
  • More than 100,000 risk assessments have been conducted so far
  • More than 7,400 participants enrolled and enrolment steadily growing
  • More than 3,600 program completers and still counting
  • Workplace programs underway in several organisations
  • CALD programs up and running with good pick up across Mandarin and Vietnamese speaking communities.
  • Adapted program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Participants have also celebrated goals

  • 49 per cent of participants reduced their waist circumference by session six
  • 55 per cent increased their vegetable consumption by session six
  • 46 per cent met physical activity guidelines by session six
  • 96 per cent retain their intention to change behaviours by session six.

In the past few months the My health for life team has heard the term “life-changing’’ expressed a lot as an increasing number of participants reach their goals.

On the work front, some staff have moved on, new staff have joined, adding their perspective and skills, and there have been weddings and babies born. It has been a big year!  On behalf of the Alliance - Diabetes Queensland, the Heart Foundation, the Stroke Foundation, the (seven) Queensland Primary Health Networks, the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council and the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland – have a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to working with you on My health for life in 2019.