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The Healthy Weight For Life™ Heart Health program is run by Prima Health Solutions (PRIMA), and is designed to help eligible members of participating health funds†† manage a range of modifiable weight related risk factors, with the aim to improve your day-to-day living and reduce your overall cardiac risk.

 

Why take action today?

According to the World Health Organisation, a weight loss of up to 10%, for people carrying extra weight, improves blood glucose control, reduces both blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improves lung function and breathlessness, reduces the frequency of sleep apnoea, improves sleep quality, and reduces daytime drowsiness. And can also alleviate osteoarthritis, back and joint pain. (1)

 

Participating health funds - no cost to eligible members

HCF health insurance
   

ACA Health Benefits Fund
Doctors' Health Fund
Emergency Services Health
GMHBA
Health Care Insurance
Health Partners
health.com.au
HCF
HIF
Navy Health
Nurses & Midwives Health ††
Onemedifund
Peoplecare Health
Phoenix Health Fund
Police Health
Queensland Country Health Fund
RBHS
RT Health Fund
Teachers Health Fund ††
Transport Health
UniHealth Insurance††

 
   

Participating health funds may change from time to time. Health fund specific clinical, hospital policy, waiting periods and minimum age criteria may apply. Please contact the Healthy Weight for Life Team for further details.

 

How will the program help me?

The Healthy Weight for Life Heart Health program has been designed to assist you manage a range of modifiable weight related risk factors to help improve your day-to-day living and reduce your overall cardiac risk.

Consistent with the Australian government guidelines for intensive weight management (2), the program carefully integrates the following strategies to maximise your overall health, vitality and quality of life.

Weight loss and better nutrition – improves metabolism, energy levels and other health markers.
Regular physical activity – improves fitness and assists with weight loss and general wellbeing.
Education – helps build understanding of the issues and strategies.
Monitoring and engagement strategies – helps instil accountability and boosts motivation.

For more information, please review the Program Overview section or download a program brochure here.

 

Am I eligible?

A fully funded program is available free to members of paticipating health funds who meet the eligibility criteria below.

The general eligibility criteria  for a fully funded program are:

  • Body mass index (BMI) ≥28

AND

  • Being treated for, or have a history of:
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Angioplasty or stent
    • Heart attack or stroke
    • Coronary bypass surgery
    • Cardiac arrhythmia / angina
    • Obstructive sleep apnoea

AND

  • Have a hospital policy with a participating health fund that has been held for at least 12 months;
  • Have a willingness to provide progress data over the cours of the 18 week program;
  • Have not previously participated in a Healthy Weight for Life program funded by your health fund.
  • Have obtained approval from their medical practitioner to participate and maintain supervision for existing conditions.

Program eligibility criteria may change from time to time. Hospital policy, waiting periods and minimum age criteria may also apply, please contact the Healthy Weight for Life team for further details.

Additional eligibility criteria apply for Teachers Health Fund and UniHealth Insurance members. All applications need to be processed and approved by Teachers Healthcare Services. To find out more - call Teachers Healthcare Services on 1300 728 578.

 

How do I join?

Option 1

Click on the Enrol to Participate button and follow the prompts. You will be emailed a form that you should print and take along to your GP for discussion.

Option 2

Call the Healthy Weight For Life Team on 1800 226 180 (free call) and we will send you a complete reply paid registration pack.

 

References and footnotes

  1. WHO Consultation on Obesity (1999: Geneva, Switzerland) Obesity: preventing and managin the global epidemic: report of a WHO consultation. (WHO technical report series; 894).
    (Review document here)
  2. National Health and Medical Research Council (2013) Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children in Australia. Melbourne: National Health and Medical Research Council
    (Review document here)

†† Additional eligibility criteria apply for Teachers Health Fund, Nurses & Midwives Health and UniHealth Insurance members. All applications need to be processed and approved by Teachers Healthcare Services. To find out more - call Teachers Healthcare Services on 1300 728 578.

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Additional Help, Information, Support

For additional help, information or support please don't hesitate to contact the Healthy Weight For Life team at any time on

Phone: 1800 226 180 (free call)
Email:  hwflheart@hwfl.com.au
Web:   http://hearthealth.hwfl.com.au

Complaints or Concerns

If you have a complaint or concern about any aspect of the Healthy Weight for Life program please don't hesitate to contact Luke Lawler, Prima Health Solutions Pty Ltd Scientific Director directly, on

Phone: 1800 226 180 (free call)
Email: luke@primahealth.com.au

 

About Prima Health Solutions

PRIMA is a quality certified health care organisation (AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015) that is dedicated to the research, development and remote delivery of specialised obesity related chronic disease management and prevention products and programs.

The PRIMA products and services include KicStart™ VLCD, the Integrated Osteoarthritis Management™ program, the Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Healthy Weight for Life™.