What is HEAL™?
The Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL™) program is a lifestyle modification program that enables participants to develop lifelong healthy eating and physical activity behaviours. HEAL™ consists of 8 weekly group education and group exercise sessions as well as individual consultations pre- and post-program and 5 and 12 month follow-up health consultations. Each week participants undertake 1 hour of supervised group-based low to moderate intensity physical activity followed by a 1 hour group-based healthy lifestyle education class.
Who can participate?
The program assists people who are overweight, or obese, with existing chronic disease or at risk of developing chronic disease to improve their health and well-being by providing lifestyle education with a focus on improving nutrition and physical activity and promoting self-management. Persons at risk of developing, or with existing diabetes, heart diseases or other conditions are examples of some of the participants that can attend HEAL™.
How do I refer my patients?
Patients can be referred to the HEAL™ program under the Medicare Type 2 diabetes group services. To be eligible, patients must have Type 2 Diabetes and a current GP Management Plan. This means that half of the program is funded by Medicare. The patient will still be required to pay the for remainder of the program.
Patients with chronic disease risk factors may also be referred to the HEAL™ program.
Eligible patients include those:
· at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes or have Pre-Diabetes,
· with 2 or more cardiovascular disease risk factors,
· with a BMI greater than 30.
For further information download the GP and Practice Nurse Guide and refer to the ‘How do I refer a patient to HEAL™?’ flowchart for more information.
To refer a patient download the referral here.
The first thing to know about My health for life is that it’s different to traditional weight loss or gym-style programs.
There is never a perfect time to start living a healthier life. You just need to begin! My health for life gives you a starting point, a plan and the motivation to make healthier choices and kick some goals.
You choose the health goal that is important to you and we help you to break that goal into easy, manageable steps and then we support you on your journey to action them.
Health goals are personal – the program respects that everyone’s goal is different and personal to them. This is one of the key benefits our participants like most.
We know support is critical to success. Your health coach or facilitator will be a key support person, helping to motivate you, and working with you to develop strategies to live a healthier life. We also provide you with useful resources, tips and online tools for added support.
Group sessions or private phone coaching – what would work best for you? My health for life lets participants decide what suits them best. You can either take part in small group sessions in your local area or private, one-on-one support from a health coach over the phone. Phone coaching generally appeals to people who require flexible days and times to take part.
My health for life is a Queensland Government-funded program so it is provided at no cost to participants. The program is one of the ways the government is helping people to stay well, particularly as they age. Prevention is powerful!
The program is delivered by qualified health professionals and has been developed by an experienced behaviour change team. The program has been operating for more than a year and has helped many Queenslanders lose weight, eat better, move more and make healthier choices.
This program works well for both men and women of different backgrounds and ages. We are proud of the high satisfaction rating our participants have given us and are always looking for ways to improve.
Our program is founded on being positive, professional and respectful.
My health for life is like having your own personal health coach as the program is tailored to you.
Program participants receive six (6) sessions of personalised health coaching and support over six (6) months. During that time, we explore your health goals – whether it is to lose weight, get more active, eat better or stress less – and work with you to tackle those goals step-by-step.
The program is delivered in small group sessions in Brisbane North and Moreton Bay Regional Council areas, or if you prefer, in structured sessions over the phone. The choice is yours.
You also receive tips, tools and useful information to help you on your journey and will gain insight into topics including nutrition, understanding your personal risk of developing chronic disease and how to make healthier choices a part of everyday life.
Who is Eligible?
This program is open to Queenslanders:
Please call us on 1300 881 536 to complete a health check over the phone to see if the program is right for you.
If you are a workplace interested in running the program as part of a structured workplace wellness program, please contact us here. We would love to hear from you.
*My health for life is a free Queensland Government-funded program delivered by the Healthier Queensland Alliance designed to help Queenslanders stay well and lessen their risk of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.