Meet Life! facilitator Dung
Meet Dung,one of our passionate Life! group course facilitators. Dung is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and has been a Life! facilitator since the program began in Victoria. Dung currently delivers group courses in St Albans.
What do you enjoy most about being a Life! facilitator?
I enjoy working with the prevention model and helping people to take control of their health by providing them with the skills and knowledge to do so. I also enjoy being able to allow participants in the group to share their knowledge and experience to empower and motivate other members of the group to make positive changes to their life.
Could you share any particular success stories or memorable participants?
Many participants have really benefited from the program. One of my most memorable groups was an all-male group who developed tight bonds with each other. One of the participants in this group was an engineer who let his eating habits and physical activity regime slip due to his work commitments. By the end of the group he had made changes to the types and amounts of food he ate and had joined the local bicycle group. He was riding for about 1 hour 3 times a week. He also managed to get the other participants in the group to join the group and ride socially.
What are some of the common challenges your participants face?
The common challenges the participants face include not having support to make changes. For example, different family members having different food choices making it difficult to cater for all people. Being limited in their ability to engage in physical activity due to health condition or physical constraints can also be a challenge. In this case, we talk about less sitting time and seeing physiotherapist or exercise physiologist.
What advice would you give someone thinking about doing the Life! program?
I would say to give it a go. People who have done the program have really enjoyed the support of being in a group. The program is not just about education but also helping people to set steps to achieve their goals, improve their health and reduce their risk of diabetes and heart disease.