Carer Julieanne Reibelt, The Centre for Healthy Living psychologist Jan Dugan and counsellor Jo Yulie and participant Michael Carney reflect on The Healthy Living Program.
Carer Julieanne Reibelt, The Centre for Healthy Living psychologist Jan Dugan and counsellor Jo Yulie and participant Michael Carney reflect on The Healthy Living Program.

Program helps ill and their carers

IT was the chance of a lifetime for carer Julieanne Reibelt to begin a new and refreshing chapter of her life with her father who suffers from chronic illness.

Ms Reibelt was part of The Healthy Living Program with her father Michael Carney, who she has cared for since he was seriously injured in a workplace accident.

“He (Mr Carney) is a completely different person now,” Ms Reibelt said.

The 12-week program has recently ended and The Centre for Healthy Living is preparing for the next Commonwealth Government-funded course.

It begins with an orientation day on February 28 and there are four places left.

“It is a massive change in your life and it is a permanent change in your life,” Mr Carney said.

“It has brought me from thoughts of suicide to wanting to live now and make something of my life.”

The Centre for Healthy Living psychologist Jan Dugan said the program was not just for physical health but crossed over into healing mental health.

Once a week participants and their carers begin with a hands-on kitchen lesson on how to prepare and cook nutritious low-fat meals, followed by a yoga class and lastly a group meeting which looks more deeply at the principles of good physical and mental health.

For the second program there will be the introduction of a personal trainer to give people an individual fitness program.

Mrs Dugan said the first program was a great success and all the people involved learned a tremendous amount from each other.

“It’s a program that tackles the mind and the body as one thing, giving people strategies and alternatives,” she said.

To be a part of the next fully-funded program for five hours on a Wednesday, talk to your doctor for a referral and for more information contact Jo Yulie at The Centre For Healthy Living on 4661 3340.



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