What is the Aboriginal Life! program?

The Life! program also runs a course specifically for Aboriginal people and their families called 'The Road To Good Health'.

The Road to Good Health course:

•      helps you choose healthier habits so you can be strong for your family and community.
•      teaches you how to prevent type 2 diabetes and other problems like heart disease and high blood pressure.
•      is run by Aboriginal Health Workers and Aboriginal health services.
•      is FREE, and you can do it with your partner, a friend or family member.
Why do The Road To Good Health course?

Type 2 diabetes is serious and there is no cure.

  •  People with diabetes can develop a range of health problems including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation.
  • Aboriginal Australians are over three times more likely to get type 2 diabetes then non-Aboriginal Australians
  • Aboriginal people tend to develop type 2 diabetes at earlier ages than do other Australians. 
  • Diabetes can be prevented and we can show you how.
What will you learn?

•      How different foods affect your health

•      What food is good, cheap and easy

•      How to spend your food money

•      How to maintain a healthy weight

•      What to look for on a food label

•      How to get active and stay on track

•      Choosing healthy foods

•      How to prevent diabetes.

 
How do I know if I am at risk of type 2 diabetes?

Click here to take the Diabetes Risk Test, if you score 12 or higher you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and should call us on 13 KOORIE (1300 566 743) to find out more.

 

How do I get started?

Call 13 KOORIE (1300 566 743)

or call

Colin Mitchell, Aboriginal Liaison Officer on 8648 1833 or at cmitchell@diabetesvic.org.au

Robyn Alexander, Health Promotion Officer Aboriginal and Cultural Diversity on 8648 1825 or at ralexander@diabetesvic.org.au

 

Tucker Talk Tips

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (VACCHO) has factsheets covering topics such as 'Healthy eating on a budget', 'Getting active' and 'Reading food labels'.

Visit www.vaccho.com.au