30 January 2017 HealthWISE secures Preventative Health and Heart Foundation “Healthy Town Challenge” grant for Narrabri
The NSW “Healthy Town Challenge” is a joint initiative of the NSW Office of Preventative Health and the Heart Foundation. It seeks to highlight the important role local communities play in helping residents to eat well, move more and sit less. HealthWISE New England North West secured one of only five $15,000 grants to implement a healthy town initiative in Narrabri, NSW. Narrabri will compete against other towns for $5,000 prize money, the other competitors being Coonabarabran, Cowra, Grenfell and Oberon. Currently, Narrabri has the highest level of obesity in the entire region (33.3 obese persons per 100 population) and is far above the state and national average. The Challenge provides an opportunity to reduce this figure and increase local knowledge of nutrition and exercise benefits. HealthWISE will work with local council, small business and individuals to implement initiatives including:
- Re-establishing the Heart Foundation Walking Group
- Safe and effective exercise group sessions with a local personal trainer in local parks
- Introducing a Healthier Oils program to local eateries
- Weight loss competitions amongst local workplaces
- Nutritional advice from a local dietician.
The weight loss goal for individuals is 1-5kg over a 6-month period. To be a part of the Narrabri Healthy Town Challenge, visit the HealthWISE office at 93-95 Barwan Street, Narrabri NSW 2390, call HealthWISE directly on (02) 6792 5514 or visit the HealthWISE website and follow the instructions to sign up. Once registration is complete, participants will be able to record weight loss results and take advantage of free phone based coaching. The challenge runs from February 1st until August 1st 2017. All Narrabri residents are encouraged to sign up and help Narrabri be crowned the Healthiest Town in NSW for 2017. 2017 will be the third year the Challenge has run and highlights how local communities can come together to work with the NSW Government and the Heart Foundation to ‘make healthy normal’.