Make Healthy Normal: sign up for a free health coach at your local library in July


WSLHD Population Health program officer Melissa O’Neill with Blacktown Library Services manager Laurence McDonnell.

Library goers across western Sydney are being encouraged to make healthy normal and sign up for their personal, free telephone health coach while thumbing through their favourite title, as part of a new health campaign to get people off the couch.

For the first time, Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has partnered with libraries in the Hills Shire Council, Blacktown City Council, City of Parramatta Council and Cumberland Council areas to spread the Make Healthy Normal message to avid library visitors.

The month-long program will offer patrons and staff the opportunity to instantly sign up for free health coaching at 25 libraries across western Sydney.

Libraries will also host a range of health talks throughout July (including sessions for mums & bubs!) to remind patrons of the importance of healthy eating and active living, particularly during the cooler months.

WSLHD Centre for Population Health deputy director Christine Newman said all patrons would be encouraged to sign up to the free Get Healthy Information and Coaching service before sitting down with a new novel.

“Libraries are an important community hub and resource to reach the local community – we’re expecting about 370,000 people to come through their doors in July alone,” she said.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with these libraries to help reach members of the community regarding Make Healthy Normal services, like the Get Healthy telephone coaching, that might help them.”

Since 2013, more than 1500 people in western Sydney have signed up for the free NSW Health service. On average, people lose 3.8kgs in weight and 5.1cm off their waist circumference.

Qualified health coaches provide motivation, advice and support on healthy eating and physical activity to participants to help them achieve sustainable lifestyle changes.

Check out the Healthy Programs page and find a free program for you and your family at

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