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New health project for Nambucca

A NEW project designed to improve health and reduce obesity in the Nambucca Valley has been unveiled.

Mayor Rhonda Hoban said the Healthy Living Nambucca scheme will be funded by a $566,000 grant from the Federal Labor Government's Department of Health and Ageing.

The scheme will deliver a number of healthy eating and activity programs over the next two years.

"It's exciting to be part of such a positive program that offers opportunities for residents to improve their health and wellbeing," Mayor Hoban said.

"We encourage people to take up the challenge and to eat more healthy food and do more exercise.

"A healthier lifestyle has many benefits and can lead to reduced chronic disease such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease."

Ms Naj Hadzic has been appointed as the project coordinator.

She is already working with local Nambucca Shire groups to deliver a range of community activities aimed at improved health by changing people's eating and exercising behaviour and reducing the incidence of obesity.

Healthy Living Nambucca offers a range of physical activities including strength training, Diabetes Council and Heart

Foundation national Beat It and Heartmoves programs, Heart Foundation walking, and courses that teach people how to shop for and cook healthy foods.

Participation is free or available at low cost for adults who are not predominantly in the workforce, including older Australians, unemployed, and part time or casual workers.

The grant will also provide outdoor exercise stations and support for community gardens that will help people learn how to plant and grow fruit and vegetables.

"Nambucca Shire Council supports the healthy communities initiative," the mayor added.

"Live Healthy Nambucca presents a range of fun activities and pathways to a healthier life."

For more information contact project coordinator Naj Hadzic 6568 0255.

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