COFFEE IN THE PARK: North Burnett mayor Rachel Chambers with the IWC's Jenni Toogood.
COFFEE IN THE PARK: North Burnett mayor Rachel Chambers with the IWC's Jenni Toogood. Contributed

Expansions for new year

THE Indigenous Wellbeing Centre's Coffee in the Park sessions are undergoing expansion in 2018 and IWC North Burnett Manager Jenni Toogood said sessions were popular from the beginning.

"We started the Coffee in the Park three-hour health and well-being sessions in October 2016, running them every two months in Eidsvold and Gayndah,” Ms Toogood said.

"They have proved so popular, with new faces coming along each time, and some great outcomes.

"So, in line with requests from the community, we are expanding these events into Mundubbera, Mt Perry and Biggenden.”

Coffee in the Park is much more than a chance for a social gathering, with the IWC incorporating a variety of activities.

"Coffee in the Park events are fun, useful and informative,” Ms Toogood said.

"Free activities for the children, lucky prize draws that support local businesses, a sausage sizzle and music. We also include culturally responsive activities and include games suitable for all ages.”

The sessions also include the Swap One Passport, which provides an easy way to record blood pressure, blood sugar and weight readings for each participant.

"We invite participants to swap one thing in their life to improve their health and well-being,” Ms Toogood said.

"For some it can be swapping water for soft drinks, or raw vegetables for biscuits, or it can involve making a change in the levels of daily or weekly exercise.”

Ms Toogood said results from the Swap One Passport have already proved promising.

"We had had some great outcomes already,” Ms Toogood said.

"Most importantly the changes have come about because the participant has chosen to swap an eating or exercise habit in their life.”


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