NSLHD News 16 September 2021

Online Health Program a Surprise Package A self-confessed ‘hard case’

“As well as a personal telephone coach, participants receive self-paced interactive healthy eating and lifestyle modules, as well as exercise videos to do in their home each week,” she said. A couple of weeks into the program Beverley didn’t look back. With support from her

with low expectations of NSLHD Health Promotion’s Healthy and Active for Life Online program has been ‘softened’ and surprised by her experience – and she even quite enjoyed it. Beverley from Ku-ring- gai, signed up for the free online healthy lifestyle program in term three this year. “I live alone in lockdown and a bit too close to the fridge…you get the picture,” Beverley said. “So I tentatively embarked on the program, willing, but without high expectations.” Healthy and Active for Life is a free 10-week online program for people aged 60 years and above, or 45 and above for people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. NSLHD Health Promotion Manager Joanna Jaques said it aims to support older people to live independently by increasing their knowledge, skills and confidence in how to lead active and healthy lives, while also helping to prevent falls. Vale Megan Chiu Megan Chiu, the Service Director for NSLHD Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS) has passed away following a very rapid onset illness. Megan was an inspirational leader; very much loved and respected by so many clinicians, managers, external partners, and most of all the families and young people that we care for. She was a strong and

NSLHD Health Promotion Manager Joanna Jaques

reinforce her understanding of the instructions. “I also liked the way the online format gave the program another dimension,” she said. “I’m halfway through and I know I will miss it when it ends, however the changes in lifestyle have become an enjoyable part of my life and I am grateful.” Healthy and Active for Life is a free NSW Health state wide program run across the Northern Sydney Local Health District. The online program runs four times a year, with the next program starting on Monday, 27 September. To register for the program, visit www. activeandhealthy.nsw.gov. au and follow the links.

personal health coach she soon worked out how to combine the workbook and hand-outs with the online component and the weekly coaching. “I am now fairly effortlessly incorporating the lifestyle changes the program offers because they are tailored to my lifestyle and include exercise and nutrition,” she said. “The weekly, often hilarious, progress chats with my wise health coach also help.” Beverley said her favourite aspects of the program were the quizzes, particularly the chance to try the ones she got wrong again, and having the exercises demonstrated to amazing advocate for the young people who entered or resided in the district and their right to the best possible care and strongest possible start in life. She drove discernable positive system changes in CYMHS, the wider care service system and partnered so beautifully with all stakeholders. Megan leaves behind her young son William and husband Blake.

Our thoughts are with them during this very difficult time.



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