Cof­fee in the Park event is an easy path­way to health check

Central and North Burnett Times - - GUARDIAN -

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.

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