New Life! Program To Start In January

Thursday, 4 January 2018
A new Life! Program will start in Portland in January as the local community continues to improve its health and wellbeing.

The Life! Program aims to prevent diabetes, heart disease and stroke and over the past 10 years has assisted more than 150 local people.

Portland District Health will start the Life! Program on Tuesday January 23.

PDH Community health nurse and program facilitator Rosemary Cole said the program would suit people wanting to be healthier in 2018 and those concerned about being overweight.

We are particularly interested in recruiting women who have had a past history of high blood sugar levels when they were pregnant,” she said.

The risk for developing diabetes if you had gestational diabetes is about 50 per cent higher, but by doing the free Life! Program people can learn how to dramatically decrease that risk.

PDH exercise physiologist Amy Goetz is now a Life! facilitator and will be involved in the new program.

Rosemary and I will now be able to incorporate more activity into group sessions, Ms Goetz said. The Life! Program works because people learn how to make small changes with food and activity that can make a big difference over time.

Life! consists of a one-on-one introduction session  and then four fortnightly group sessions , followed by two sessions four and 10 months later.

People who score 12 or more on AUSDRISK and are overweight are eligible, as are those with cardiovascular, kidney or polycystic ovary disease, very high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Ms Cole said people could do the Ausdrisk test and check their eligibility at or find out more information about the Life! Program by calling her on 55 221175 or 13 7475.

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