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Michael

“Michael's motivation to exercise was sporadic, but his Get Healthy coach helped him to find ways to include more exercise in his daily life.”

Joanne

“Joanne didn't really know what a healthy diet was until she joined Get Healthy. Now she is enjoying a healthier diet.”

Naser

Regular conversations with his Get Healthy coach were key to increasing Naser's motivation to make changes to his diet to improve his health.

At first Naser, from the northern Adelaide suburbs, wasn't convinced that talking with his Get Healthy coach would make any difference. But, after a few sessions, just knowing that a call would be coming soon was enough to keep him on track so he could report that he was still working towards his goal. “Getting regular feedback from my coach really encouraged me to stay motivated and made me feel responsible to finally make the changes I needed to". Now six months later, Naser is still eating a healthy diet and feeling great because of it.

Naser had been struggling with feeling generally unwell, slept poorly and was often too tired to go to work as a university researcher in Environmental Science. His GP diagnosed chronic fatigue, and also noticed that Naser's diet was almost completely lacking vegetables and fruit. The GP told Naser that as well as lacking sufficient vitamins in his diet, he didn't drink enough and this was contributing to his lack of energy. He advised that water present in food is helpful, but to keep well hydrated two-thirds of the required fluid should be achieved through drinks, in particular water. Naser picked up a Get Healthy brochure in the clinic and noticing it was a free service to support healthier lifestyles thought he would give a try.

Naser thought he knew enough about a healthy diet, but was keen to improve his health as he was seeking new work. He registered with Get Healthy and his coach helped him understand about serve sizes and the quantities of fruit and vegetable needed for an optimum diet as well as the importance of being well hydrated for improved concentration and energy. His primary goal was to meet the daily recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption, which for someone who didn't do much cooking was going to be easier said than done.

With regular contact with his coach Naser identified lots of opportunities to eat more fruit and vegetables. “I worked out that lots of vegetables can be eaten raw" so using them in healthy salads and snacks has made it easier.

Six months after completing the program Naser is still eating plenty of fruit and vegetables every day, drinking more water and feeling healthier and more energetic. The work days that require lots of walking, standing and interacting with colleagues and students can now be done easily and sometimes with a smile!

As well as his general improved health, his new diet has provided Naser with the added benefit of losing three to four kilos. Naser's colleagues and friends have noticed he looks healthier and slimmer and he has been happy to tell them that his secret to success is Get Healthy and recommends they try it too.


Jen & Joy

Learning more about the nutrition and kilojoule content of foods has been a great help in making healthy choices at the supermarket and in the kitchen for Joy and Jen.

Jen, in her 60s and Joy, in her 70s, are sisters from Adelaide who have achieved great outcomes with Get Healthy.

Joy wasn't feeling her best, was tired and finding her daily role of caring for her husband was getting harder. She picked up a brochure about Get Healthy at her GP clinic and decided that it was time to make some changes. Joy registered for Get Healthy and after telling her sister Jen, she decided to give it a go too.

Jen and Joy have different lives, but both knew they weren't eating well, were not particularly active and had gained some weight over the previous years.

Jen, a retired nurse, said she “should have known better", but had developed some bad eating habits over the years working shifts in busy hospitals.

With the help of their personal Get Healthy coach, Joy and Jen have made changes to what they eat, making sure meals include more vegetables and both have established new exercise routines that have helped them to feel better.

Jen and Joy agree that their coach was really supportive and helped them understand about reading labels, the benefit of eating more vegetables and reducing serve sizes to improve their overall diets.

Helping Joy to stay on track was a key benefit from the coach. After a bit of a set-back, her coach was available and able to help her refocus on her goals and get started again. Jen found the coaches knowledge of managing change invaluable. Jen said she was trying to make too many changes at once and felt frustrated that she was finding it too hard and not making any progress. Her coach was able to help her sort out a plan to introduce small changes, one at a time, and move on to the next one when the first had become routine.

Both Jen and Joy are enjoying being more active. Joy aims for 10,000 steps each day and Jen does a couple of strength and balance exercise classes each week which breaks up her regular walking on other days. They meet up regularly for a walk and have swapped their favourite fish and chips at the beach for a healthier meal at the pub where the chips are replaced by salad.

Losing 8kgs (more than 10% of her weight) has been a great result for Joy who is feeling better, more energetic and better all round. Jen's exercise and healthier diet has also paid off. Losing 4.5cm from her waist; she feels better and so do her clothes!

Joy and Jen know that participating in Get Healthy together made it more fun for them and would recommend it to others. They are confident that they can maintain their new healthy lifestyles but know that they get more help from Get Healthy again if they need.


Parminder

“It was very hard to start but once you do it’s too easy and now it’s become part of my everyday life.”

Food has always been a part of Parminder’s life and culture. Born and raised in India, Parminder admits that Indian food features weekly on the menu in his household, especially when his mother is in town. Parminder was struggling with his weight and after hearing the Get Healthy Service advertisement on the radio he immediately signed up.

With a wife and 2 year old daughter, Parminder never wanted his struggles with food to impact on his family. On a social level, he never wanted his family to feel like they were missing out as taking them to nice restaurants was important to him. Physically, Parminder never wanted to pass on his bad habits to his daughter and create struggles for her future.
 
“I’m a family man with a 2 year old and a partner and we love to eat out. At no stage did I want my health issues to affect my family” he says.

With the help of the program and his health coach, Parminder lost 17 ½ kilograms by setting realistic goals every week.  He admits he still indulges with Indian food but now understands the importance of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Rather than miss out, Parminder now cuts back on portion sizes and when he feels like he has indulged too much he often increases his fruit intake to flush out his system; a piece of advice from his health coach.

Since losing the weight, Parminder is amazed at how much energy he has “for the first time in my life I realised how active and energetic I was.”

Eating healthily, exercising regularly and enjoying life with newfound energy have now become part of Parminder’s everyday life. He exercises 4-5 times a week without the aid of a trainer and has even motivated his wife to start running. Together as a family they both understand the importance of setting a positive example for their 2 year old daughter and they spend more time outdoors in the park.

Parminder has happily had to change his whole wardrobe now that his clothes are so baggy.


Wendy

“We do a lot more as a family now, especially with the kids…I am not embarrassed to get into a swimming costume, I feel more comfortable.”

Struggling to lose weight after the birth of her first two children but still determined, Wendy approached her doctor for help.

“My portion sizes were really out of control and because I was not exercising, I had no energy. I had been prescribed with anti-depressants and hated my job which didn’t help, so it wasn’t long before the weight started to pile on.”

After her second child Benjamin was born with Autism she knew she would need to lose weight once and for all, as keeping up with him alone required a lot of energy. Wendy knew she needed to be educated on nutrition and exercise and change her approach to eating, so she joined the Get Healthy Service  to find the answers.

As Wendy embraced a healthier lifestyle she lost 36kg and went from being a size 16 to a size 8, maintaining her new weight even after her 3rd child was born. She felt it was important to transfer the lessons she had learnt on to her children so they would be able to make the right choices as they grew up, something Wendy had not been taught as a child.

Thanks to her coach, Wendy no longer looks at the scales but rather the way her clothes fit and how her body looks. She exercises every day and can finally keep up with her kids dancing, playing music and chasing them around the house.

Through support from her health coach, husband and friends Wendy now leads a very active lifestyle and has inspired those around her to follow in her footsteps.


Roger

“It was very good having that person, it gave you some motivation and justification because if I hadn’t done the right thing I was honest and told her, she didn’t judge.”

As a hard working former dog-handler in law enforcement, Roger was an integral arm of effective state-wide policing. Having spent 34 years in that job, Roger admits that juggling a busy work life and family has led his weight to increase steadily.
 
The foundations for a healthy lifestyle were always there for Roger, as a young adult Roger participated in Surf Life Saving, he practiced Judo and even competed in the 1988 Police Olympics. Although he was quite active and ate well, Roger still felt that he needed that extra bit of motivation.

Since joining the Get Healthy Service, Roger was able to get back down to 82 kilograms and boasts it’s the lightest he has been in 30 years. Diagnosed as a Coeliac (gluten intolerant) Roger needed a lifestyle that was suitable to his dietary needs and was grateful that the program took this into consideration. With the help of his coach Jo, he learnt that although he may have been eating the right sorts of food, reducing the serving portions and keeping a food diary made a real difference. 

Following in Roger’s footsteps are his 18 and 21 year old daughters, who gained motivation from their dad. Roger brags that his 21 year old is the fittest she has ever been after training her every day at the gym.

With no regrets, Roger is happy he is healthy at retirement and hopes to compete in the Tough Mudder competition next year.


Ian

“I have gone from being an overweight guy who didn’t exercise, to now where I consider myself very fit, very healthy. This has turned my life around!”

After watching a Get Healthy Service advertisement on TV it clicked with Ian that he was leading an unhealthy lifestyle and that he needed to do something about it. Indulging in take-away foods, constant snacking and not enough exercise was leaving him unhappy “I had no energy and consumed too much alcohol. I knew it was bad, I just had never taken that first step”

After signing up to the Get Healthy Service Ian completely changed his way of life and since joining the program has lost 23 kilograms.

“Every time I talked to my coach I would come away with something really helpful. They never criticised, always encouraged”

Even though Ian knew all along that he needed to exercise and eat healthier foods, having that backup to reinforce the positive actions was the key.

Now he does a 45-minute walk every morning with friends and has gotten back into the sports he enjoyed as a kid.

Ian’s wife is loving the transformation to a happy and active husband “I can’t believe it, it’s like a different person the way he jumps out of bed”

Ian now enjoys cycling and bush walking and claims after 32 years of marriage it’s great to be able to live an active lifestyle with his wife. Together they have completed the Oxfam Trail, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Ian endeavours to complete Kokoda.

When asked whether Ian could see himself going back to his previous lifestyle, he said “I don’t see this as a diet that I have been on; I see this as a lifestyle change, as I have changed how I go about my life. It is not a diet, it is my life.”


Elizabeth

“My husband eats a lot better, not a lot of junk, but if he indulges I can say no and not let it worry me which makes me feel better in myself.”

Having gone through breast cancer and losing her mother 3 months before, Elizabeth found she had become an emotional eater. Also suffering from different ailments like ulcers and nausea Elizabeth decided when she could no longer do up her trousers, it was time to change.

“Going through chemotherapy, my diet wasn’t very good and the treatment did some weird things to me.”

Leading a fairly inactive life and indulging in the wrong foods prior to the program, Elizabeth often experienced bad reflux and aches and pains throughout her body. Since joining the program she has lost 6 kilograms and leads a much healthier lifestyle with her husband.

Elizabeth enjoys cooking healthier meals and is trying to get her husband to eat more fish by cooking salmon at least once a week, she also encourages him to step outside and go for a walk. Since completing the program Elizabeth does not suffer from bad reflux anymore, her general aches and pains have improved and she is more mobile around the house.


Laurel

“One of the things my health coach taught me was about calories, I am now very mindful of calories as well as 5 servings of fruit and vegetables…it has been a great learning experience.”

Laurel knew she was putting on weight and decided after seeing The Get Healthy TV commercial she had nothing to lose by making a change to her life. Having recently moved to Sydney, Laurel admits finding a new job, establishing new friends and moving all contributed to her emotional eating.

However, with the help of her Get Healthy health coach Laurel now has the right knowledge and outlook to live a balanced lifestyle, and always has a constant reminder in the back of her head to make the right decisions. Laurel has continued to follow the program and now understands the principles of good nutrition.

Ever since joining the program Laurel gets up every single morning at 5.30am, rolls out of bed and without thinking exercises 5 times a week through rain, hail or shine and can now successfully run 2.3km.
 
Laurel has been an inspiration to her family and is very proud to say her daughter has since joined the program following her success. Laurel’s husband is incredibly proud of her and they now both enjoy her new healthier lifestyle. They both lead a more active lifestyle and are more inclined to do something active together like kayaking, cycling and they play social tennis together with another couple.

Laurel hopes to run the City to Surf this year with her daughter.

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    Elizabeth

    • 63 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "My husband eats a lot better, not a lot of junk, but if he indulges I can say no and not let it worry me which makes me feel better in myself."

  • Photo of Ian

    Ian

    • 58 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "I have gone from being an overweight guy who didn't exercise, to now where I consider myself very fit, very healthy. This has turned my life around!"

  • Photo of Joanne

    Joanne

    • 53 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "Joanne didn't really know what a healthy diet was until she joined Get Healthy"

  • Photo of Laurel

    Laurel

    • 50 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "One thing my health coach taught me was about calories, I am now very mindful of calories as well as 5 servings of fruit and vegetables... it's been a great learning experience."

  • Photo of Michael

    Michael

    • 38 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "Michael's Get Healthy coach helped him to find ways to include more exercise in his daily life."

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    Parminder

    • 33 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "It was very hard to start but once you do it's too easy and now it's become part of my everyday life."

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    Roger

    • 56 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "It was very good having that person, it gave you some motivation and justification because if I hadn't done the right thing I was honest and told her, she didn't judge."

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