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HPC facilitates a range of regular nutrition and healthy lifestyle programs, which are open to the entire community. We can also assist your organisation, school or community group to implement a customised strategy if these programs don't suit your needs. Please contact us if you would like to book into one of the following programs or to find out more information.

Lighten Up

Lighten Up to a Healthy Lifestyle is a group-based program that is a fun, interesting and easy way to motivate yourself towards better eating, physical activity and relaxation habits.

By changing unhealthy habits, there is a much greater chance of:

  • Reducing your risk of diabetes and heart disease
  • Reducing medications
  • Increasing mobility, energy levels, sleep, self-confidence and happiness
  • Boosting your immune system

Living Strong

Living Strong is a group based healthy lifestyle program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Living Strong is about helping people to make long term lifestyle changes, like choosing healthier food and drinks and being more physically active.

Fun not Fuss with Food

If you have a little person aged 2 - 10 years who is refusing to eat at meal times, then this is the workshop for you. The Fun not Fuss with Food Workshop only takes 2 hours and will give you some great strategies to manage problem eating and mealtime misbehaviour, so that meal times can become an enjoyable process again.

Nutrition Tour

Want to learn how to read nutrition panels on food items? Then come on a Nutrition Tour, it only takes 1 hour and is held in a supermarket. Our community nutritionist explains how to read food labels, explains food claims and gives you some great cost saving tips.

Food Cents

If you feel like you spend a fortune on groceries every week - then you need to attend a Food Cents Workshop. This workshop can save you up to $2000 per year on your grocery bill and add 10 years to your life. The workshop is held over half a day and includes budgeting resources and a delicious 3 course meal.

Catering Assistance

If you have got an event you are catering for and want the food to be healthy - we can help.  We will be happy to liaise with your caterer to ensure that healthy options are provided within your budget.

Heart Foundation Walking

Join a national network of FREE, community-based walking groups to get active and have fun. Heart Foundation walking groups are currently established in Bowen, Collinsville, Cannonvale, Proserpine and Ayr.

Quit Smoking

If you are wanting to Quit the smoking habit than join this structural accredited program which is designed to give you the tools to Quit smoking for good. The program is held over several weeks and is delivered by a trained professional.


HPC has in partnership with a range of different organisations been involved in a range of past and present projects.

Healthy Active Whitsunday Region

Is a Whitsunday Regional Council Healthy Communities Initiative funded by the Australian Government which aims at reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity by working in partnership to:

  • Increase awareness of the importance of physical activity and healthy eating
  • Increase participation in physical activity
  • Increase the consumption of fruit and vegetables
  • Increase the availability of accredited physical activity and nutrition programs

The project targets adults who are:

  • Retired
  • Unemployed or not in full time employment
  • At risk of weight related chronic disease
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

HPC is committed to supporting this project by delivering a range of physical activity, healthy lifestyle and nutrition programs for the project and working in partnership with council to strengthen policy, deliver social marketing and continue to build partnerships within the community in order to create an environment which supports and promotes healthy lifestyles.

For more information about the project please click here or contact Judy Adsett on 4761 3612.

Garden Tucker Program

The Garden Tucker Program was a pilot multi-strategy program which aimed at improving the healthy eating practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (A&TSI) within the region by getting the community involved in growing fruit and vegetables at home.  This was achieved by implementing the following strategies:

  • Development and distribution of a Garden Tucker Box, which is a styrofoam box filled with all the items required to grow a small amount of fruit and vegetables at home. These Garden Tucker Boxes were distributed at a launch event with Rohanee Cox in March 2009.
  • Development and distribution of Garden Tucker News, which is a monthly newsletter, where people share success stories about fruit and vegetable gardening and can access tips on healthy eating, cooking, budgeting and gardening.
  • Delivery of Garden Tucker Workshops, which were held on a regular basis and covered a range of topics such as:
    • How to build a no dig garden
    • How to cook quick, cheap, easy meals
    • Food Cents
    • How to compost

The project was guided by a working group which included representatives from Queensland Health, Tropical Population Health Nutrition Team, Girudala Community Co-Op, Bur-DEL Community Co-Op, Health Promotion Connections as well as community members. It was developed after an extensive needs assessment and community process.

In 2009, 121 families from Bowen, Collinsville, Ayr and Home Hill registered in the program. The program has been extremely successful and has inspired and motivated many families to grow, cook and eat more fruit and vegetables. An initial survey of the Garden Tucker Program found that:

  • 77% of participants reported that they were either very successful or successful in growing fruit and vegetables in the Garden Tucker Box.
  • 66% of participants reported that they have extended their fruit and vegetable garden outside the Garden Tucker Box.
  • 61% of participants reported that growing their own fruit and vegetable has changed their eating habits - they are generally eating, cooking and purchasing more fruit and vegetables.
  • 42% of project participants attended workshops.

For more information about the project please email

Garden Tucker Newsletters

Garden Tucker Tip Sheets

Garden Tucker Success Stories

Collinsville Be Active - Shape Up Shed

Collinsville Be Active was a partnership project which aimed to increase the opportunities for residents within the small mining community of Collinsville to participate in supervised physical activity programs.  This was achieved by:

  • Establishing a community group exercise facility which was entitled the Shape Up Shed
  • Training local people to become qualified fitness leaders
  • Establishing partnerships and collaborations to ensure the sustainability of the project

Collinsville Be Active was conducted over an 18 month period by HPC who employed a project officer, in partnership with Collinsville Scottville Fitness and Health Inc, which is a volunteer managed community organisation established to improve health and well-being in the Collinsville community.

At the time of handing over the continuation of the Shape Up Shed to Collinsville Scottville Fitness and Health, group exercise programs were offered 4 times per week by 3 certified fitness leaders. Collinsville Scottville Fitness and Health now have in place their own five year strategic plan to help reach the full potential of the Shape Up Shed and ensure its sustainability into the future.

Please click here for a Shape Up Shed Timetable.

Sporting Canteen Grants

In 2006 HPC established a small grants scheme which aimed to create supportive healthy environments by encouraging sporting groups to implement a healthy canteen policy and menu by participating in a club sponsorship program. The sponsorship program provided sporting clubs with $500 - $1500 of financial remuneration to spend on health and education initiatives which would enhance health and participation in the club. During the project period, three sporting canteen grants were provided. Click here to review a case study of the Bowen Athletics Club, who successfully adopted a Healthy Club Catering policy as a result of the grants scheme.