Free healthy living courses, coaching, videos, apps, links and other help to assist people in making everyday healthy choices are available on this page. Included below are a range of healthy living videos and links, a food label reader, videos on growing your own food, exercising at home and learning how to ride a bike, information on a meditation smart phone app, plus a range of other helpful resources for being active, eating healthily and maintaining a healthy mind.
Click on the blue headings below to find healthy living resources of interest.
Life often gets in the way of us doing the things we know are important but don’t feel we have the time to deal with properly. This is often the case with our health. How many times have you thought, 'one day… I’ll lose a few kilos, eat better, walk more, start playing sport again, address my sleep issues, quit smoking, cut back on alcohol, or sugar or salt? One day…'
If this sounds familiar, you are not alone! However, health issues can catch up with us when we least expect it.
How we live, how active we are and what we eat are all lifestyle factors. They have a major influence on whether we enjoy good health or develop diseases in the future. Chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and even the risk of having a stroke, are often influenced by lifestyle factors.
Are you ready to make a change?
If you’re ready to make a positive lifestyle change, then the 'My health for life' program may be right for you! This free program is designed to help people who are at high risk of chronic disease get their health back on track. It focuses on behaviour change, with eligible participants taking part in a six month program that helps them to move past the barriers that stand in the way of making healthy choices and positive lifestyle change.
Program fast facts
- The program is personalised to participants’ needs
- It is delivered by qualified health professionals in local areas
- Participate in either group-based sessions or telephone-based health coaching
- It involves six sessions over six months – the time commitment required is not big
- The first session is a personalised one-on-one appointment
- The program particularly suits people who have not found traditional weight loss or exercise programs suitable.
We believe healthy change is best achieved in manageable steps. Let us show you how to set realistic goals and develop an action plan for success! We’ll support you on your journey and help you to get your health back on track.
How to be involved
To find out if the 'My health for life' program is right for you:
- Contact 13 RISK (13 7475)
- Visit www.myhealthforlife.com.au
My 'Health for life' program is a Queensland Government initiative.
Healthy information & coaching service
A free, confidential, telephone and online service that helps people make lifestyle changes in relation to healthy eating, being physically active and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. More details are available on the Get Healthy website.
Take the health and fitness age challenge, and improve your health and fitness age by following the helpful fitness and nutrition hints and tips on the Healthier, Happier website.
My healthy balance
A free, online, session-based program to assist adults in making healthy behaviour changes can be accessed via the Healthy balance website.
Quest (online program)
A free, innovative online program to help organisations such as workplaces, schools, child care centres and sports clubs find out what simple changes can be made to make healthy choices, easy choices. View the program on the Quest website.
Healthy living videos
Check out the below healthy living videos by Troy Morgan (Managing Director of Willows Health & Lifestyle Centre) for helpful hints and tips for leading an active and healthy lifestyle.
Healthy eating guidelines
Australian adults need to eat at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables each day for good health. Visit the Eat for health website to find out about the benefits of fruit and vegetables, clever ways to get more fruit and vegetables into your day and some super simple tasty recipes.
Food label reader - wallet card
The process of deciding on whether a packaged food item (e.g. a cereal box) is a healthy choice can be difficult. To make this process easier, the Swap It, Don't Stop It, initiative has designed a printable card that can fit into your wallet which gives a guide, to working out the healthiest option for you. To access the card, head to the Swap It, Don't Stop It website.
The following links provide hints and tips to help grow one's own food:
Free online tutorial videos are available below by local horticulturist Brian Sams.
Testing your soil's pH level
Choosing a potting mix
Growing vegetables from seeds
When and how to use gypsum
Choosing healthy plants
Find Your 30
Find Your 30 is all about finding practical ways in which anyone can work half an hour of activity into their day. There are simple solutions, like walking the extra block to work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and getting the whole family active together. More information on how you can find practical ways to find 30 minutes of physical activity each day, can be found on the Sport Australia website.
Physical activity guidelines
Regular physical activity can help prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. The national physical activity guidelines recommend adults undertake 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. More information about all things health related can be found on the Department of Health government website.
Fitness workout videos
For body weight workout videos that can be done in the convenience of your own home visit the Healthier, Happier website. There are workouts to suit everyone and all fitness abilities. Area focused workouts such as core or legs workouts, are available through this resource.
Bike-ability videos (cycling tips)
We have developed three bike-ability cycling tip videos to support people thinking of beginning to ride. The videos contain key information about conducting bike safety checks, basic bike control skills and what you need to know when you’re out riding.
Recreational cycling maps and popular routes
In partnership with local cyclists, we have produced a range of recreational cycling maps, including a brochure and popular routes. Click here to see these recreational cycling resources.
Bicycle Network online resources
The Bicycle Network has created a suite of online resources to provide a range of tips and advice about getting started, road rules, bike maintenance, key 'know how' info and more. Click here to see Bicycle Network's online resources
The benefits of walking are well-documented. Walking provides an active way to enjoy the natural environment and can help improve cardiovascular fitness and reduce stress. Our scenic region offers spectacular opportunities for a leisurely stroll, or a challenging hike, with nearby national parks and regional parks and gardens catering for all fitness levels.
Smiling Mind is a modern meditation for all age groups. This unique web and app-based program is free and is designed to help bring balance by encouraging users to develop a sense of clarity, calm and contentment. Visit the Smiling Mind website today.