Active Kyogle

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Program/Project  Active Kyogle
Aim The project aims are:

  1. More people in the Kyogle Shire to adopt a healthy lifestyle;
  2. More people in the Kyogle Shire improve their lifestyle;
  3. Kyogle Shire residents improve their health literacy; they understand the risk factors for chronic disease and recommended action; they are aware of local services;
  4. Kyogle residents build their capacity to inform and participate in prevention and health promotion initiatives supported by a partnership of local organisations.
Year 2011 – 2013
Target Group Population of Kyogle Shire, Northern NSW
Reach Various eg community gym had 850 paid members
Locations Kyogle Shire Council
Partners Kyogle Together and Kyogle Community Health.
Funding Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
Full Report Active Kyogle Final Report
More Information See below

What strategies were used?

A community meeting was held to discuss the health issues of Kyogle’s ageing population. The purpose of this meeting was to explore community interest in designing strategies to improve health and wellbeing and reduce the incidence of chronic disease.

There was general support and the discussion highlighted the following direction and principles:

  1.  The program should not focus on one risk factor like physical activity but have a broader healthy lifestyle approach that included social connectedness.
  2. The program should investigate options for including rural residents not living in the Shire’s main town of Kyogle, as these residents were often forgotten.
  3. Any program that only engaged and targeted people already active would miss those residents most in need of intervention. Further investigation was required to develop options and pilot strategies that suited this target group.
  4. A healthy lifestyle challenge building on models such as Measure Up, Wellingtonne or 10,000 Steps would motivate and inspire a broad range of community members and build their health literacy.
  5. It was identified that there was no purpose built community gym available. While there are halls, they lacked safe surfaces and equipment particularly for residents that were either frail or had special needs.

While the Health Service would administer the funds, a steering group of community organisations, with the health service providing governance. Each of the three projects would have a working group of relevant organisations and community members. The three main projects are: Healthy Lifestyle Challenge; Refurbishment of an existing building to create a Community Gym; Develop and implement locally relevant seed projects to engage currently inactive residents and those living outside of town.