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WA footy fans tackling obesity

More than 100 overweight male AFL fans have committed to getting fit as part of a new WA-first project run by qualified coaches using their favourite WA team’s training facilities.

The Aussie-FIT project, funded by Healthway, is being run in partnership with the Fremantle Football Club, Curtin University, West Coast Eagles Football Club, Edith Cowan University, Glasgow University and The University of Newcastle.

The program involves a 90-minute fitness and educational session once a week, either at a club training facility, or at associated club facilities in Cockburn and Leederville.

The project aims to help the fans reduce their weight and waistline, increase their knowledge of healthy eating and different types of physical activity and learn how to sustain their new lifestyle.

The unique footy club experience builds on the highly successful Football Fans in Training program (FFIT), which now operates in more than 30 premier league soccer clubs in Scotland. The program was further developed and rolled out across Europe, as well as for other sports in other countries, such as rugby in New Zealand and ice hockey in Canada.

To find out more about this project or register your interest in taking part in future programs visit here:

To calculate your BMI, visit here:

New study: Daily use of e-cigarettes doubles the risk of heart attack

The Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) issued a media statement today highlighting a new American study, which found that daily use of e-cigarettes doubles the risk of heart attack.

This study, published on 22 August 2018 in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, adds to the growing evidence that e-cigarettes are harmful to health.

In the last financial year (2017/18), Healthway invested in research to better understand e-cigarette initiation, maintenance and cessation in Western Australian adults, and provide evidence to inform policy in this area.

Read the full ACOSH media statement online.

ACOSH is supported by Healthway, and are an independent coalition, working with the community, organisations and governments in the fight against tobacco.  

History made with first ever Fever grand final!

The West Coast Fever will host their first ever Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final this Sunday August 26, at RAC Perth Arena.

Healthway has supported the West Coast Fever since the team’s inception in 2009 and is proud to be part of their success both on and off the court.

The partnership with the West Coast Fever promotes positive health messages and create strong female role models within the community. As ambassadors, the players promote the Alcohol.Think Again message, delivering activities that reach children, young people and their families with the aim to encourage conversations around reducing harm from alcohol.

Health messages and education play a vital role in shaping community awareness, attitudes and behaviours that help to create a healthier Western Australia.

Get behind the West Coast Fever as they prepare for their biggest day in the state’s netball history. Tickets are now on sale!

Little Athletics WA launches its inaugural North West Championships

Little Athletics WA, in partnership with Healthway, is increasing the opportunities for young people in the north west of Western Australia to participate in the sport.

The North West Championships event will see young people from Karratha, Broome, Port Hedland, Ashburton and Newman take part. In addition to this, participants from Exmouth and Kununurra who have recently launched 10-week Little Athletics Come and Try programs will have the opportunity to join in.

The three-day event from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 August will see Little Athletics WA delivering free community coaching courses to parents and volunteers, a multi event community activity for none registered athletes and the two-day championship event.

It is expected to engage over 200 young people and promote the healthy eating message Go for 2&5. Find out more.

Common board members for Healthway and Lotterywest

Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook today announced a further aligning of Healthway and Lotterywest.

  • Lotterywest and Healthway to share common board members
  • Amalgamation to build on synergies and deliver benefits to the community
  • Incoming board members to provide expert stewardship across both organisations
  • Outgoing board members thanked by the Minister

The Healthway Board will be advised by a panel of experts in public health to ensure the work of Healthway aligns with contemporary health promotion policies. The Health Promotion Advisory Group will be led Professor Mike Daube.

The full media statement is available to read online.

Tackling childhood obesity one superhero at a time

Gymnastics WA’s Gymsquad and Foodbank WA’s Superhero Foods characters have joined forces to launch a new educational initiative to make everyday foods like fruit and vegetables the superheroes in children’s diets.

Healthway Chief Executive Officer Susan Hunt PSM said the innovative project supported by Healthway sees Gymnastics WA and Foodbank WA working together to teach children the benefits of healthy lifestyles and provides fun resources and recipes to encourage and engage children and their families in healthy eating.

“While 44% of children aged 5-15 years reach the recommended levels of physical activity, only 5.3% of Western Australian children are meeting the recommended daily serve of fruit and vegetables,” Ms Hunt said.

“Childhood obesity continues to be a major public health issue, so these sorts of projects are vital.”

Overweight and obese children are also more likely to become obese adults and develop chronic conditions at younger ages, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Currently, the State Government, through Healthway, provides Gymnastics WA $260,000 over two years to promote the Go for 2&5 healthy eating message throughout its clubs. During 2016 and 2017, Healthway provided Foodbank more than $200,000 to deliver a range of educational resources.

Gymnastics WA Executive Director Ruth Gibbons said it was important for the club to work with Healthway and Foodbank WA to take a more holistic and proactive approach towards health by also making a difference to the eating habits of our children.

“I look forward to children making fruit and vegetables the supehero part of their diet,” Ms Gibbons said.

Foodbank WA Chief Executive Officer Greg Hebble said eating more fruit and vegetables is one of the most important dietary changes needed to improve health and reduce the risk of disease in children

“The recipe cards creatively engage children in increasing knowledge, attitude and skills towards healthy food and cooking,” Mr Hebble said.

To view the recipe cards visit and for further Superhero Foods recipes and resources visit


Healthway and LiveLighter seminar

On Monday, 30 April, Healthway and LiveLighter hosted a seminar on Food Environments – Local, National and Global Perspectives.

This special session featured three expert speakers, Kirsten Corben from VicHealth, Dr Kathy Chapman Public Health Consultant, and Professor Rob Moodie from the University of Melbourne.

Kirsten Corben presented on strategies to decrease the availability of sugary drinks in healthcare and community settings.

Dr Kathy Chapman presented on children’s exposure to junk food marketing and actions that can be taken at the local level.

Professor Rob Moodie presented on how supranational corporations are affecting our health.

Watch the two hour session here.

UPDATE: Lotterywest and Healthway merger

I would like to take this opportunity to update our partners about the Lotterywest and Healthway merger.

I am excited about this opportunity as this amalgamation is focused on delivering benefits for the community; building on synergies between the organisations; and supporting great projects which help build a better Western Australia.

I hope that you can appreciate that amalgamating two organisations takes time, and we will soon have a clearer idea about how we will progress together. The plan is for integration of the two business systems to be in place by 30 June 2018.

During this transition phase Healthway and Lotterywest will continue to operate business as usual. At this stage the only difference will be that we plan to move Healthway staff to the Lotterywest head office in Subiaco over the next few months.

Both Healthway and Lotterywest are focused on continuing to enhance the lives of community members for a healthier and better Western Australia. So please continue to submit your applications for project funding and sponsorships to Healthway and Lotterywest.

To keep up-to-date with news on the amalgamation, sign up to Healthway’s eNewsletter. Any updates will also be posted on Healthway’s website. These updates will be communicated to our stakeholders as soon as we can.

Susan Hunt PSM
Chief Executive Officer
Lotterywest and Healthway