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What is HAPI Ipswich?
The HAPI Ipswich project aims to increase participation in physical activity and improve healthy eating amongst people predominantly not in the paid workforce in Ipswich.
Through breaking down existing barriers that prevent people carrying out a healthier lifestyle we aim to decrease the risk of chronic disease and increase people getting active with their family and friends. Through the HAPI Ipswich program there will be a range of incentives that participants can obtain through attendance at sessions.
The HAPI Ipswich project is an Ipswich City Council initiative working in conjunction with 4 major partners; Jamie's Ministry of Food, AustCycle, Heart Foundation Heart Moves and Ipswich Hospital Foundation. More Information on the work being conducted with the four partners is outlined in more detail in the programs tab.
Why is Ipswich City Council implementing HAPI Ipswich?
While the high rates of overweight and obesity in Australia and Queensland are alarming, even higher rates of overweight and obesity exist within Ipswich. Rates of overweight and obesity within district are approximately 10% higher than the state, with 62.4% of adults overweight or obese in 2009.
The city of Ipswich consists of higher than average proportion of disadvantaged groups at risk of developing chronic disease including older adults, people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) origin, migrants with poor English proficiency and people with disabilities. As these groups have a higher incidence of chronic disease including obesity they will therefore be a specific audience that HAPI Ipswich will attempt to assist.
How did HAPI Ipswich come about?
Ipswich City Council was recently successful in obtaining the second phase of the Healthy Communities Initiative funding. Through the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health the Australian Government has been granting funding over 3 phases. This funding has enabled Council to establish a project named Healthy Active People In (HAPI) Ipswich.
The HAPI Ipswich Project will build on existing programs and allow a framework to be established for new programs to ensure that when they are established they are sustainable.
Is HAPI Ipswich for me?
Am I Eligible?
Does your work status fall into any of the following categories?
- Recently or long term unemployed
- Part-time or casual employee
- Home duties
- Older Australian (Retirees or Pensioners)
If your answer was yes, you are over 18 years of age and you live within Ipswich City Council, then you are eligible for the HAPI Ipswich Project! If you are unsure whether you are eligible please contact the HAPI Ipswich Team.
What is in it for me?
Apart from leading a healthier lifestyle and the obvious health benefits related to that, there will be a range of incentives available from council when participants are sustaining attendance at sessions.
When your application is processed and you are successful in joining the HAPI Ipswich Project you will receive a Passport. In this Passport you will be able to: record the your thoughts about the sessions you attended to assist you in completing evaluations forms in the future, access vouchers that will enable you to attend classes with no expense to yourself and record the type of session you attend i.e. whether it was Zumba or Walking.
Every time you attend a session in the HAPI Ipswich Project you will receive a sticker to place in your passport in recognition of your attendance. Once you have collected a number of stickers you can collect a the incentive that correlates to that number, this may include but is not limited to the following: Grip jar opener, Water bottle, Jump rope, Resistance band, Cooler bag and Sweat towel (These items are subject to change without notice). For Collection please contact the HAPI Ipswich Team.
Apply to become a participant in the HAPI Ipswich project using this form. The HAPI Ipswich project aims to increase participation in physical activity and improve healthy eating amongst people predominantly not in the paid workforce in Ipswich. Participants must meet criteria to be eligible for subsidies however the project is not selective in whom can attend the sessions advertised at a cost.
If your interested in the HAPI Ipswich project Apply Online
or apply by downloading the following form and sending to the HAPI Ipswich Team
Hapi Application Form (PDF, 235 kb)
Organisations interested in HAPI Ipswich can Apply here.
If you wish to provide your feedback, please click here.
The HAPI Ipswich Project
Ipswich City Council
P.O. Box 191
Ipswich, QLD 4305
Phone: (07) 3810 6666
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