Become a HEAL™ Facilitator
Group exercise sessions involve low to moderate intensity aerobic & resistance activities and may be modified to suit individual needs. HEAL™ education and exercise sessions are facilitated by health and exercise professionals trained to support individuals who may be unfamiliar with how to make positive health and lifestyle changes or who may be unsure of how to safely take up physical activity. HEAL™ facilitators are trained and encouraged to incorporate principles of self-managed change into all their participant interactions.
HEAL™ facilitators deliver the following program components:
- Pre-exercise screening and initial assessment
- Delivery of nutrition, physical activity and behaviour modification education sessions
- Delivery of group physical activity/exercise sessions
- Post-program assessment
- Five and twelve-month post program review
HEAL™ facilitators are directed to deliver the HEAL™ group education and group physical activity sessions according to the Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults and National Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines.
HEAL™ has also been delivered successfully for a variety of homogeneous and heterogeneous participant groups including Aboriginal Australians, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and migrant communities, people living with a mental illness, young mums, gender specific, elderly and unemployed persons. Modified HEAL™ program and promotional resources have been developed by the HEAL™ project team including an abridged manual for participants from CALD communities and those with lower literacy skills, a culturally relevant manual and flip-chart resource for Aboriginal participants, and more recently a manual designed for teenage participants.