Need for care centre

Analysis. Wyndarra is seeking community feedback on whether there is a greater need for the respite centre, with fears the house may be abandoned due to lack of use. Opened in 2008 by Rural Health, the centre at Havelock Street is a place where people living with a disability can spend time with a support …

4 years ago

Caring for our people

Help. Emmerton Park is implementing a new program to help people in the community living with a chronic disease enjoy a better quality of life. The new Care Coordination Program has been introduced statewide to 31 organisations through Tasmania Medicare Local, and is aimed at people aged 40 and over. Over the past two months, …

4 years ago

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

Gathering. A new Alcoholics Anonymous group will start meeting in Smithton this month. The gathering is said to be friendly and informal, with members joining weekly to share their experience with alcoholism and talk to others in the hope of overcoming a common problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. The …

4 years ago
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Step-happy

Steps. The ‘Workplace Winter Walking Pedometer Challenge’ is proving a success, with not even last week’s wild weather deterring the motivated bunch. At the half-way point, the team in the lead – managing to outdo the recommended 10,000 daily steps – is Weight Watchers II. And no, they haven’t attached their pedometers to pet kelpies …

4 years ago

Drug, alcohol testing

Health. Circular Head Council staff and contractors recently undertook random drug and alcohol testing, returning the desired result. The random workplace health and safety tests are conducted twice yearly by an independent body. The initiative forms part of the council’s Fitness for Work Policy, and is one of the resources shared with Waratah-Wynyard. On June 12, …

4 years ago

Stress less sessions

Health. Free stress-reducing sessions are on offer for teachers, and health and welfare workers in Circular Head. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction was developed in 1979 and is now used to assist people with chronic health conditions. It is not offered as an alternative to traditional medical and psychological treatments, but used to complement such approaches. …

4 years ago

Healthy life awards

Open. Weight Watchers is looking for the state’s best weight-loss story as part of the 2014 Healthy Life Awards. Entries are now open for the annual award, now in its 14th year, which celebrates men and women who have made healthy changes to their lives. The five awards include: Slimmer of the Year, Family of …

4 years ago
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This winter was made for walking

Steps. Close to 300 locals will forego the cosy winter ritual of nights on the couch for a healthy winter challenge. Twenty-seven groups of 10 have signed up for ’10,000 Steps’, which will see participants aim to walk the set amount of steps daily for a six-week period. Initiated by the Circular Head Council and …

4 years ago

Fitness on the foreshore

Tips. Those who frequent the East Esplanade walking track will have noticed new signage accompanying the four exercise stations lining the fitness trail. The signs were installed last month, thanks to a $7000 grant from the Australian Government’s Healthy Communities Initiative. The 11 pieces of outdoor equipment include a leg and shoulder press machine, hip …

4 years ago

Breaking barriers

Support. A free full-day workshop is coming to Smithton next week to provide advice to families with autistic children. Hosted by Positive Partnerships, presenters will deliver strategies to support school participation while giving families and carers the opportunity to discuss topics relevant to them. The program’s key local facilitator, Joanie Coker, will be involved in …

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