24 January 2020

Members of the Chinese community who are overweight or obese will benefit from a new health coaching service provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Meredith Claremont, Executive Director of the Centre for Population Health said the Get Healthy Service Chinese Coaching program is now available to NSW residents who are 16 years and over.

“It’s great to see an effective telephone coaching program being tailored for the Chinese community. This is a great way to start the Chinese New Year,” Ms Claremont said.

“Mandarin and Cantonese speaking bilingual coaches support participants to reach their goals in healthy eating, being physically active, reducing alcohol and achieving a healthy weight.”

The Chinese coaching program has already received positive feedback from the Chinese community.


“I’m very happy the Government is offering a health service to keep people physically healthy and to prevent serious illnesses. This has significant meaning for the whole community, families and for the individual” – Chen, 47 years.


“My health coach explained in lots of detail how to eat healthily, be physically active, think positively, set goals and how to achieve these goals” – Michael, 55 years.


“I have pre-diabetes. Through this Service, my knowledge about diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight has deepened. I’ve maintained healthy habits and now my blood sugar is more stable, pre-diabetes has not become worse, I am very happy” – Michelle, 76 years.

The program has a website, phone services, text messages, emails and culturally adapted resources in English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

In 2019-20, the NSW Ministry of Health allocated $36.6 million to programs to tackle obesity, with $24.7 million of this for the prevention of childhood obesity.

For more information on the Get Healthy Service Chinese Coaching program visit Get Healthy NSW or call 1300 806 258, Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm.