Keeping healthy - a guide to programs and services
There are many other healthy living programs and organisations that can support you on your journey to good health.
Heart Foundation Walking
The Heart Foundation community-based walking groups are free and led by volunteers, to help people stay active and take better care of their heart health.There is a group to suit everyone, including people over 50 years old, parents with children, workplaces and cultural groups.
To find the nearest local walking group and to register online, visit the Heart Foundation website.
Active Melbourne City Sports
Active Melbourne City Sports is a range of sport and physical activity programs designed to get the inner city worker active. They offer soccer, basketball, netball, barefoot bowls, touch football and dodgeball competitions, all held at the Docklands Sports Courts, Flagstaff Gardens and Fawkner Park venues each week during your lunch break.
Exercise programs for people over 50
Living Longer Living Stronger
This program encourages people aged 50 years and older to improve their fitness, health and overall quality of life. The program focuses on increasing a participant's strength. An individual program is planned for each participant. The cost is around $5 per session.
- Contact Seniors Information Victoria: 1300 13 50 90
- Website: http://cotavic.org.au/programs-events/strength-training/
YMCA Pryme Movers
Pryme Movers is for people aged 60 or over and supports the management of health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. It also helps prevent the onset of other health conditions such as osteoporosis (weak bones), and helps people to improve their mobility and strength and reduce the risk of falls.
EatSmart is a nutrition course that motivates people to make long-lasting changes to their eating habits. It provides information on how to make healthy food choices and stay well. For details of all YMCA health & wellness programs:
- Contact: 03 9403 5000
- Website: http://victoria.ymca.org.au/discover/health-wellness/ programs/ymca-eatsmart.html
LiveLighter LiveLighter is a campaign that encourages adults to lead healthier lifestyles, to make changes to what they eat and drink, and to be more active. LiveLighter includes a range of free tools and resources to support healthy lifestyle change, including recipes and a meal and activity planner.
- Website: https://livelighter.com.au/
Better Health Channel
The Better Health Channel is a trusted source of health and medical information. Every piece of information is developed with leading health professionals in Australia, so Victorians can be assured they are getting the most accurate and latest in health knowledge. There’s plenty of information on healthy eating and exercise that will help you on your journey to good health. There’s also a resource called My Health Life where you can record, monitor and manage your health and wellbeing.
- Website: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
Quitting smoking at any age will reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic bronchitis and several other health conditions related to smoking. QUIT suggest numerous strategies – from electing a ‘quit date’ to replacement therapies and online coaching – that have helped Victorian smokers to give up. Call the Quitline [on 13 7848] for help and advice; they also offer a free personalised online coaching and text messaging service to help you keep on track.
- Contact: 13 7848
- Website: www.quit.org.au
Finding a GP
A general practitioner (GP) is a doctor who is also qualified in general medical practice. GPs are often the first point of contact for someone, of any age, who feels sick or has a health concern. They treat a wide range of medical conditions and can advise you on lowering your risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. To find a GP in your area, visit the link below.
- Website: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/servicesandsupport/seeing-a-doctor-or-general-practitioner
Healthdirect Australia is a national, government-owned, not-for-profit organisation. They have been helping Australians manage their health and wellbeing for over a decade through a range of different information and advice services.
- Website: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/
Diabetes, heart disease and stroke organisations
Healthy eating information
Other useful sites