The Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL™) program is a lifestyle modification program facilitated by university-trained allied health professionals that supports participants to develop lifelong healthy eating and physical activity behaviours.
HEAL™ offers eight weekly group exercise and group education sessions comprising of one hour of supervised low to moderate intensity physical activity followed by a one hour healthy lifestyle education class.
One-on-one health consultations to assess current health status, fitness, measure progress, plan an appropriate exercise program and provide ongoing support are also provided at the start of the program and after the eight weeks of classes.
On 1 July 2010, South Western Sydney PHN in partnership with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) commenced an Australia-wide roll-out of its HEAL™ program. The HEALTM program is now available to access by health service providers, health professionals and community members in all states and territories of Australia.
The HEAL™ program is specifically designed as a prevention program for people who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
HEAL™ is also suitable for people seeking to manage their weight (overweight and obesity), type 2 diabetes, heart disease (including high blood pressure or high cholesterol) and metabolic conditions.
Patients with type 2 diabetes can be referred to the HEAL™ Program for Type 2 Diabetes group services under Medicare. Patients will undertake an individual assessment by an allied health professional such as an Exercise Physiologist or Dietitian, and then participate in eight group exercise and education classes.
To be eligible, patients must have type 2 diabetes and a GP Management Plan. These group sessions are in addition to the five individual allied health services available under Medicare. Patients with chronic disease risk factors who don’t have diabetes may also be referred to the HEAL™ program.
GPs and Practice Nurses are encouraged to download the HEAL™ GP and Practice Nurse Guide and in particular refer to the ‘How do I refer a patient to HEAL™’ flowchart for more information.
Further information about the national HEAL™ program is available by clicking on the links below:
- Information for potential facilitators
- Find a HEALTM Program – to find the HEAL™ program closest to you
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