GET A HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE

ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL

  • Understand how Healthy Weight for Life can support you
  • Find the right program to help you on your way to better health
  • Be supported with trusted advice and care that’s uncommon

WHY CHOOSE A HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE?

Carrying extra weight can really take a toll on our bodies – both physically and mentally. If you’re reading this, it’s because you know a change will be good for your body and mind, and you’re open to exploring that first step towards better overall health and wellbeing.

Help is on hand from our partner Prima Health Solutions with its evidence-based Healthy Weight for Life program, as free support for HCF members who have held hospital cover for 12 months (excluding Accident Only Basic Cover) and meet the program's eligibility criteria.

By getting in touch with the Healthy Weight for Life team about improving your health, you can get back to doing more of the things you enjoy.

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Each Healthy Weight for Life program runs for 18 weeks and you’ll be guided through:

  • nutrition tailored to you
  • plans to get you moving more
  • online self-monitoring to track how you’re doing
  • advice from experts just a phone call away
  • community support through email, message board, post and SMS

FEEL THE BENEFITS OF HEALTHY HABITS

FIND THE RIGHT SUPPORT FOR YOU

BETTER HEALTH TO HELP YOU LIVE WELL

Supporting members without a chronic condition who want to eat healthier, be more active and feel happier about their health, these programs from Healthy Weight for Life focus on preventing health risk factors from becoming bigger concerns.

With our help, you can achieve positive habits, gradual weight loss goals and prevent chronic health conditions by managing the factors that influence your food and drink choices.

There are two prevention programs open to members:

  • with a BMI of above 26
  • who have no chronic conditions but lifestyle risk factors, like smoking
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BETTER HEALTH TO MANAGE CHRONIC CONDITIONS

Supporting members with a chronic condition who want help living with type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis (knee or hip), cardiovascular disease or joint pain (requiring surgery).

With our help, you could improve blood glucose control, reduce both blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improve lung function and breathlessness, reduce the frequency of sleep apnoea, improve sleep quality, and reduce daytime drowsiness. You could also benefit from significantly increased mobility and better joint pain management, which may help you delay or avoid surgery.

The program is open to members:

  • with a BMI of above 28 and type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis (knee or hip) or joint pain (requiring surgery)
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GET ADVICE ON YOUR NEXT STEPS

We’re with you every step of the way on your wellbeing journey - whenever you’re ready to start.

  • Go to Healthy Weight for Life and choose the program for you
  • Register your interest with Healthy Weight for Life and find out if you're eligible to participate. You’ll then receive an email with a form for your GP and the Healthy Weight for Life team will contact you in a few days to chat through the program and answer any questions you may have.

You can reach out to the team at any time. Call them on 1800 226 180 or email info@primahealth.com.au.

HEAR FROM OUR MEMBERS

"I was extremely satisfied with the program because it was firstly approved of by my doctor, supported by my health fund and easy to follow with ready help on the phone if I had any questions. I never felt I was on my own. I had every confidence in the program and it worked."

Helen, HCF Member

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FAQS: HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE

ARE THESE PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY MEDICAL EVIDENCE?

The Healthy Weight for Life programs are supported by medical evidence and results have been published in international medical journals. The programs are designed to kickstart your weight loss, improve your nutrition, activity and strength and give you the tools to achieve and maintain healthy routines. They’re not about vigorous exercise, going hungry or attending meetings.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M ELIGIBLE?

If you’re overweight and living with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and joint pain requiring surgery – or are carrying extra weight and are at risk of developing a chronic condition – you may be able to access one of our free Healthy Weight for Life programs.

You may qualify for the Healthy Weight for Life chronic disease management program if you:

  • have type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis or joint pain requiring surgery
  • have a BMI of 28 and over
  • have GP approval
  • are aged 18 and over
  • have held hospital cover for 12 months that covers the chronic disease that is being managed (e.g. heart conditions or joint replacement surgery)
  • are willing to provide your progress data throughout the program (including weight, waist circumference and regular blood glucose readings where relevant)
  • have no allergies or intolerances to KicStart meal replacements
  • are not pregnant or breastfeeding, or intending to become pregnant during the 18-week program
  • have not participated in any Healthy Weight for Life program with us before.

You may qualify for either of the Healthy Weight for Life prevention programs, if you:

  • have no chronic conditions, but have multiple lifestyle risk factors (e.g. smoking, physical inactivity, poor nutrition)
  • have a BMI range of above 26
  • have GP approval
  • are aged 18 and over
  • have held hospital cover for 12 months that covers the chronic disease that is being managed (e.g. heart conditions
  • are willing to provide your progress data throughout the program (including weight, waist circumference and regular blood glucose readings where relevant)
  • have not participated in any Healthy Weight for Life program with us before.

DOES THIS AFFECT MY HEALTH COVER COSTS?

Taking part is absolutely your choice and if you’re eligible, it won’t affect your premium or health cover in any way at all.

HOW SHOULD MY DOCTOR SUPPORT ME WITH THE PROGRAM?

These programs support the care and advice provided by your own healthcare team so you will need their medical clearance to participate. The specific GP Approval Form for this purpose will be emailed to you upon enrolment. If you take regular medications, you may need to attend regular check-ups so your healthcare team can stay up to date with your progress and adjust dosages if needed.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE PROGRAMS?

The program is run by Prima Health Solutions Pty Ltd (Prima) for and on behalf of HCF. You will be requested to register through the Prima website to enrol in the program, which will collect some personal information (including health and other sensitive information) about you.

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HOW IS MY PRIVACY AND HEALTH DATA PROTECTED?

The personal information that you provide to Prima is used and disclosed only for the purpose of confirming your eligibility and delivering and evaluating the program. If you do not provide this information, Prima may not be able to provide you with the services which form the program.

As part of the enrolment process HCF will disclose to Prima your member number and customer number in order to confirm the validity of your membership with us.

Prima will not disclose your personal information to HCF other than your name, address, date of participation with Healthy Weight for Life, member number and customer number in order to allow HCF to evaluate the service. With your permission Prima may disclose your personal information to your regular doctor or other healthcare provider.

For more information, go to: HCF Privacy Policy or PRIMA Privacy Policy.