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Free health program to support cancer patients

A free health program to support cancer patients to be active and complement their
treatment is now available to people on the Central Coast.

The Get Healthy Service Cancer Support Program offers participants telephone coaching for
six months from their own personal health coach.

Coaches work with people on a one-on-one basis, providing practical tools and support,
helping them set personal goals, make a plan – starting with small steps – and overcome

Evidence shows that for people with cancer being active can boost energy, reduce fatigue
and help reduce the side effects of treatment. It can also improve mental wellbeing and
reduce the risk of developing other health issues like diabetes and heart disease.

The new Cancer Support Program has been developed by NSW Health in association with
the Cancer Institute NSW and is one of eight Get Healthy programs offered for free.

The programs are facilitated locally by Central Coast Local Health District.

“Being active during your cancer treatment can make a big difference to your quality of life,”
Health Promotion Officer Samantha Hingerty said.

“The Get Healthy Service helps cancer patients through their cancer journey with
personalised support that complements their treatment.

“Calls can be booked at times that suit you, and support can extend to areas such as eating
healthily, reducing alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy weight.”

The Get Healthy Service also offers dedicated programs to support expectant mothers to be
healthy during pregnancy, type 2 diabetes prevention and alcohol reduction.

The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service is a free service available to anyone 16
or over. Speak to your doctor or treating team for a referral, or for more information and to
register, call 1300 806 258 or visit

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