Helping U 2 Quit is a free, evidence-based program providing quit smoking support groups run by qualified facilitators, over 3-6 weeks. The program is a community health initiative being delivered by CHEGS Inc, in partnership with Northern NSW Local Health District Health Promotion.
The program will help people who smoke to develop their own skills and knowledge about smoking, how to quit, and how to stay a non-smoker in a supportive environment. This is important because:
- Tobacco smoking still causes more disease than any other risky behaviour with it damaging almost every organ of the body
- At least 50% of all smokers die prematurely
- If people can quit smoking by the time they are 30 years of age, they can avoid 97% of the risks associated with their smoking; and if they quit by 40, then they avoid 90% of the risk
- Attending a support group is proven to increase the chances of people successfully quitting smoking
You can express your interest in participating in a support group by phoning Gavin Dart on (02) 6620 2553, texting 0437 892 537 or emailing email@example.com. Health professionals can refer patients by completing and returning a referral form.
CHEGS is currently running 45 Exercise, Stretch & Strengthen and Tai Chi classes in 15 centres in the Northern Rivers area. The classes are categorised as:
Incorporates warm-up, aerobic movements, strength and resistance training using free weights, (dumbbells, resistance bands etc), floor exercises followed by stretching and relaxation.
Consists of a warm-up phase followed by walking and movement patterns for 20-30 minutes. The final segment is performed either on the floor on a mat or on a chair and consists of conditioning work and some slow stretching and relaxation. There is also an emphasis on strength and flexibility.
A progression of the Phase 2 outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program, and includes exercise components of flexibility, strength and cardiovascular fitness. The classes are suitable for people with cardiovascular disease or risk factors. We aim to teach the correct execution of exercise with special emphasis on breathing techniques and posture. The program will assist participants to improve cardiac health.
After a 5-8 minute warm-up, the class consists of low impact moves of varying intensities using all the major muscle groups for at least 30 minutes. The remainder of the class is performed on a mat or chair and incorporates a variety of conditioning exercises concluding with 5-8 minutes of stretching.
Includes easy warm-up, whole body strength and stretching exercises, balance and relaxation. A great way to improve muscle strength, balance and joint range of movement.
Qigong exercises are a large component of all our classes.
Qigong can be referred to as a mindful or meditation practice. The three main principles of Qigong practice are the concentration of body movements, the breath and the mind. Qigong has both a dynamic (Yang) and stillness (Yin) component.("The Art of Life", Simon Blow 2010)
Classes are ranked :
Beginner - the group has not yet completed a Tai Chi form and new people are welcome to join.
Intermediate 1 - the group has completed a modified Tai Chi form
Intermediate 2 - the group has completed Dr. Paul Lam's modified Sun and Yang styles
Advanced - the group is competent in the modified forms and has completed a full form
This is a free, exciting and friendly community based, seven week falls prevention program. It gives information on how to prevent falling, what causes falls in older people, and what changes they can make to reduce their risk of falling and remain active and independent. The program is currently run in Yamba, Maclean, Iluka, Evans Head, Casino, Lismore, Alstonville, Ballina, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Kyogle, Pottsville, Murwillumbah, Banora Point and Tweed Heads.