8 May 2017

A new online directory has been launched to connect Canberrans with physical activity programs, nutrition support services and social participation opportunities, in an effort to curb high rates of overweight and obesity.

“The LiveHealthyCanberra directory is a one stop shop connecting people in the Canberra region with programs and services that aim to improve health and reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle related diseases,” said Ms Gaylene Coulton, Capital Health Network Chief Executive.

“The directory provides high quality information about healthy living related programs and services to health professionals, workplaces and individuals in the Canberra region. Users can search by their local region and service type, ranging from chronic disease management and pain management, to rehabilitation, nutrition services and social support.  Health professionals can use the directory as part of a patient consultation when it has been identified that the patient may be at risk of developing a lifestyle-related chronic disease,” said Ms Gaylene Coulton.

Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly highlighted the need for the directory stating sixty-three percent of adults in the ACT are overweight and obese, which is linked to an increased risk of developing chronic diseases, and decreased life expectancy.

“Thanks to this new directory, it is now easier than ever to find information about accessible walking groups, fitness classes, and nutritional programs available to help maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of chronic disease,” Dr Paul Kelly said.

“The road to a healthier future is a long one, but Canberrans don’t need to do it alone. Visit www.livehealthycbr.com.au for information about programs, close by, which can help you on your journey to better health,” Dr Paul Kelly concluded.

LiveHealthyCanberra was established by Capital Health Network, the ACT's primary health network and has been developed in collaboration with the ACT Government as part of the Healthy Weight Initiative.