The Eat Well Be Active Program (EWBA) program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing - Healthy Communities Initiative as a Preventive Health program.
THE PROBLEM: Lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and heart disease as well as mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression cause distress for individuals with the conditions and reduce their quality of life and that of those who care for them. These lifestyle diseases are also an unsustainable healthcare cost burden to governments.
THE SOLUTION: Prevention of lifestyle-related illness is essential.
EWBA will be PART OF THE SOLUTION BY working with community support agencies and local government services to create opportunites for people to participate in physical activities and healthy eating-related activities for the long-term.
EWBA offers a mix of community walks, bike riding and low-moderate intensity fitness classes called Heartmoves as well as vegie gardening opportunities and healthy eating and cooking activities.
The target group selected for EWBA is people 18years+ with a disability and carers, however in reality the activities are on offer to all adult residents of Warrnambool not in the paid workforce.
People not in the paid workforce include those who are of an older age, those with a disability or who care for someone with a disability or health issue, as well as people who lack education, skills or knowldge to get a job or keep one. Regardeless of the reason, people not in the paid workforce tend to have poorer health than workers and the EWBA activites aim to help address this disparity and set up opportunities for people to be able to participate and improve their health.
The timing of activities and the marketing and promotion is particularly directed to our target group. Training opportunities are also most accessible to support staff working with our target group.