My health for life program is a fabulous opportunity if you are want to live well and stay healthy. My health for life is paid for by the QLD Government and is FREE for eligible participants residing in Queensland. There is no means test for this program.
To know if you qualify, all you need to do is complete a health check online that only takes a few minutes.
My health for life program takes a different approach to the usual quick-fix diet and boot camp programs because we help you make small changes you can stick to rather than big changes you can’t maintain. The program facilitated by a qualified health coach, and includes participant manual, workbook and access to the My health for life portal with additional resources. The program provides you with support, tools and information to identify your needs and to help you to maintain the motivation you need to get your health back on track for the long term.
You can participate in the My health for life program in face-to-face groups, or online sessions using Zoom. The program runs for six months. Both delivery modes include one individual session and five group sessions. The program topics include physical activity, food and nutrition, living and coping skills, alcohol, and smoking, weight and personal health planning.
The in-person group sessions are 2-hours with a short break in the middle. The online group sessions are provided in two separate 1-hour sessions.
Session one – Individual appointment with your health coach/facilitator
This session is to get to know your coach, to start thinking about your health goals and to set your intention (your vision of what you would like to achieve), to learn more about the program and resources available to you; and to complete enrolment into the program.
Session Two: Health conditions and finding your motivation.
We explore the relationship between risk factors and health conditions and increase awareness of how these risk factors relate to your current lifestyle and behaviours. This awareness gives us an insight into the lifestyle areas which will improve your health. We then explore your ‘why’ (why is it important to make a change, what is your driving reason?), and bring awareness to how your ‘why’ impacts your motivation to change.
Session Three: Planning your health goals and physical activity
Session three is the planning session, where you decide on your health goal, and make an action plan to reach your goal. We explore the health benefits of movement and being physically active and review the recommendations for physical activity to maintain health. This session will provide insight into the relationship between your health and the amount of physical activity you have in your life.
Session Four: Support and food choices
We explore the concept of support in terms of the people near you, and your environment and discover how the lack of support impacts our ability to make lifestyle changes. This session is also the food session, where we explore the concept of a balanced diet in terms of getting all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. We examine portion sizes, and you discover if you need to make any dietary changes to reach your health goals.
Session Five: Overcoming challenges and guidelines for alcohol
Even with the best of intentions, some situations occur that make progress difficult. We explore how to overcome challenges when things go wrong, bring awareness to ‘all-or-nothing’ thinking, and plan how to stay on track when things have slipped. In this session, we also look at the guidelines around alcohol, and how it can impact health if consumed in excess. We include strategies to reduce alcohol when you feel it affects your health.
Session Six: Maintaining healthy goals for living well
By session six, you have been working on your goals, and it has been three months since our last meeting. It’s now time to review your progress and decide if you will continue with your current plan or make a new goal and action plan. We explore what has been working, discuss any challenges that have tested you and discover how you adapted to any problems. The process of change is ongoing, and setbacks are part of the change process. When things go well, we feel great, and when they go wrong, we think failure. However, it is often through challenges when we learn the most. Discovering your barriers to change is one of the most valuable things you can learn because awareness comes before change.