Get Healthy at your local library and sign up for free health coaching

Former WSLHD Population Health’s Belinda Duckworth, Blacktown Library manager Laurence McDonnell and WSLHD health promotion officer Melissa o’Neill. 

Residents of Western Sydney are invited to sign up for a free, personal telephone health coach while thumbing through their favourite book at local libraries, as part of a campaign to get people off the couch and more active.

For the third year running, 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 library visitors through Library Health Month in September.

The month-long program will offer visitors the opportunity to instantly sign up for free health coaching at 25 libraries across Western Sydney.

Libraries will also promote other free health programs including Go4Fun and Stepping On, as well as play host to a range of free health talks and activities including the Sydney Thunder Literacy program.

Librarians educate young children about healthy foods at Parramatta library.

WSLHD Centre for Population Health deputy director, Christine Newman said everyone is encouraged to visit their local library to sign up to the free Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with these Council libraries to help reach members of our communities and remind people of the importance of healthy eating and active living, and how free programs like the Get Healthy Service might help them,” Christine said.

Since 2009, more than 9,600 people in Western Sydney have engaged with the NSW Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service.

On average, people lose 2.8kgs in weight and 4.1cm 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.

For more information, check out your local library’s website to find a free event or visit the Free Programs page at www.makehealthynormal.nsw.gov.au

To see the list of participating libraries, click here