Coffee in the Park event is an easy pathway to health check
GETTING a free blood sugar reading to check your risk of diabetes is easy in the North Burnett – just go along to one of the regular Coffee in the Park community events held by the IWC team. The community health and wellbeing event was launched in 2016 to help empower individuals and families in North Burnett communities around their health and wellbeing. The free, fun-filled event is an open invitation to everyone to come along and have a chat about any health and wellbeing matter. There also is a sausage sizzle, coffee and tea, prizes and giveaways, balloons, and activities for the children. “This event came about at the request of the communities, and it is a big success,” said Jenni Toogood, who heads the IWC’s Multidisciplinary Care Team in the North Burnett. “It includes a “SWAP ONE” passport initiative which helps people to improve their personal health and wellbeing. The passport concept is simple – just come along to one of the Coffee in the Park events and we can check your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and weight. “Then swap just one eating, drinking or exercise habit – it doesn’t matter how small – and we can help you monitor how that change is improving your health and wellbeing. This is for everyone, young and old, and it’s a way of building understanding in our community that we all have the ability to be healthier and happier.” The success stories are already piling in. “One person reported losing 3.5kg since taking up the Swap One passport challenge at the first Coffee in the Park, thanks to swapping water for cordial, bread for nuts as a late-night snack, and adding some more exercise into the daily routine,” said Ms Toogood. “And a woman who was comfort eating told us the health check was a wake-up call for her, especially as her blood sugar reading came in higher than expected. At a recent Coffee in the Park, she made the commitment to swap sugary snacks for healthy options and has lost well over 10 kilos.” At the events, IWC’s health professionals are on hand to provide the SWAP ONE checks, providing general information and just have a chat. Other organisations operating in the region also have embraced the events, including Guardian Pharmacy, Centrelink, ActforKids, Lifeline, Anglicare, Bridges, and more. “The Coffee in the Park events are relaxed, fun and open to everyone. They are free and everyone who takes part in the SWAP ONE passport initiative gets a free lucky door ticket that can win great prizes, including $50, $30 and $20 gift vouchers to use at local businesses,” said Ms Toogood. For more information go to the IWC website at www.iwc.org.au/events
IWC Health worker Clem Shadford delivers a FREE health check at the recent Gayndah Coffee in the Park.