From 1 July 2014, the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service® is no longer available to Tasmanian residents.
If you would like to be more active and/or eat more healthily, view a list of government and non-government providers that may be able to help you. Some private health insurance providers also offer telephone health coaching. People with private health insurance may like to contact their provider to see what services are available to them.
The Get Healthy Service was provided in Tasmania from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2014. During this time, almost 2000 people contacted the service for physical activity and nutrition advice and over 300 participants graduated from the 6-month coaching program.
The story of the Tasmanian Get Healthy Information & Coaching Service®, from July 2010 to December 2013, provides the latest evaluation results for the service in Tasmania. Key findings from the evaluation indicate that Tasmanians who completed the 6-month coaching program achieved significant lifestyle improvements, including:
- An average weight loss of 4.7kg
- An average loss of 5.5cm off their waist
- An increase in the amount of vegetables consumed daily
- An increase in the amount of fruit consumed daily
- A decrease in the amount of take away meals consumed per week
- A decrease in the amount of sweetened drinks consumed daily, such as soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices
- An increase in physical activity levels.
These results show that the Get Healthy Service coaching program was successful at supporting people to make positive changes to their health and lifestyle.
The Get Healthy Service in Tasmania was jointly funded by the Federal Government through the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health, and the Tasmanian State Government through the Department of Health and Human Services. As funding from the Federal Government for the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health was discontinued from 1 July 2014, unfortunately DHHS could no longer continue to offer this service.
For more information contact Population Health Services on 6222 7222.