Esther Miller1, Amy Trengove2
1Port Pirie Regional Health Service, The Terrace & Alexander Street, Port Pirie SA 5540, firstname.lastname@example.org
2Clare District Hospital, Webb Street, Clare SA 5453, email@example.com
Move Nourish Enjoy (MNE) is an evidence-based group piloted July-Sept 2015 in the Mid North ‘Village’, SA. It was initiated due to the high demand for dietetic services for weight management. MNE enabled peer support and education through an intensive weekly program, aiming to improve non weight related health outcomes through behaviour change and self-management. It focussed on active living, pleasurable and healthful eating and positive self-image, using Rick Kausman’s non diet approach to weight management.
Nine participants were recruited. Pre and post evaluation measured activity and nutrition health behaviours, knowledge and attitudes, and quality of life. Participants attended for 2hrs per week for 8 weeks with 45minutes of low impact movement and a 60min workshop. Process evaluation occurred at the end of each session and on completion of the program.
The waiting list decreased by 30%. MNE achieved an average attendance of 78%. The group reported a total increase in nutritious foods and decrease in discretionary choices. All increased their physical activity with a total increase from 1100min to 1190min per week. Rate of perceived exertion decreased from a total of 24 (light to moderate) to 6 (nothing or very light). Participants experienced a 2% overall decrease in BMI (not the focus).
100% of participants enjoyed the program and felt confident in their new skills to continue their health and wellbeing journey. MNE improved health outcomes and contributed to a reduced dietetic waiting list therefore two more groups are scheduled for 2016.
Amy Trengove is a Rural Generalist Dietitian in Mid North South Australia passionate about primary health care and supporting clients so they can care for themselves. Born & raised on a rural property, Amy always knew she would return to the country following university. She has been and is a member of many rural focused organisations including the Flinders University Rural Health Society, National Rural Health Students Network, National Rural Health Alliance, Future Health Leaders and SARRAH. She was a semi-finalist in the 2013 & 2014 SA Young Achiever of the Year Awards for her work with these organisations.