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The Muswellbrook CREATE Change Coalition has introduced the Healthy & Well initiative with goals of increasing wellbeing in the Muswellbrook Shire.

Local health, social and community services, Muswellbrook Shire Council, government, and the University of Newcastle have banded together for the Muswellbrook Healthy & Well community initiative, supporting the health and wellbeing of people living and working in the Muswellbrook Shire. 

As part of the Healthy Town Challenge, a joint initiative of the NSW Office of Preventative Health and the Heart Foundation NSW, Muswellbrook was 1 of 5 towns to be chosen to participate alongside Denman. 

The challenge started back in February and will continue until September this year, developed to facilitate healthy living activities and improve the health of regional and rural communities. 

This has included the implantation of Act-Belong-Commit, a unique, evidence-based mental health promotion campaign. The program is about promoting individual and community wellbeing by increasing and strengthening connections between community members and will be coordinated by Carly Hughes. 

“I’m passionate about health and wellbeing. After returning to Australia after volunteering overseas for 12 months I feel privileged to be in this role and working with such a supportive and passionate community.”

As part of the initiative towns are encouraged to set healthy lifestyle goals through the participation of different activities, and Muswellbrook have sure hit the ground running with 3 events already set for March. The community will have the chance to join in on a 10,000 steps challenge, participate in a Healthy Tums and Gums program and have a yarn about healthy eating at the ‘Let’s Talk Tucker’ event, with more to come throughout the year. 

“On the 1stof March we launched the 3rd 10,000 steps community challenge and the participants enthusiasm and support of one another continues to excite me,” said Carly.

“The Disability Service also started a Healthy Lifestyle Challenge on the 3rdof March with a different activity to be tackled every day during the month to help support healthy lifestyles. We just finished a Learn to Love Cooking program with 7 participants learning new skills in the kitchen and enjoying a shared meal together.”

These are only some of the fantastic programs and events Muswellbrook Healthy & Well have coordinated so far alongside the passionate, young volunteers who give up their time to support young people in the program and help grow the Act-Belong-Commit message through the Youth Connectors program. 

“Muswellbrook Healthy & Well wouldn’t be where it is today without the support of the community and the partnerships we continue to grow, as well as our sponsors Bengalla Mining Company and Ridgelands,” Carly concluded.

For more information about how to get involved visit http://muswellbrookhealthyandwell.org.au

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