Now’s the right time for locals to measure up

Nutritionist Rebecca Fleming and dietician Megan Hardy are excited about the program.Picture: Matthew Poon
Nutritionist Rebecca Fleming and dietician Megan Hardy are excited about the program.Picture: Matthew Poon

Spanning South Perth, Victoria Park, Belmont, Canning, Serpentine Jarrahdale, Gosnells and Armadale councils, the organisation helps GPs, physio and occupational therapists better coordinate their efforts and connect with the public.

The new nine-month Active Measures program combines group and personal exercise training by exercise physiologists with one-on-one dietician consults.

It measures effects on blood sugar and pressure, cholesterol and weight and shares them with referring doctors.

Nutritionist Rebecca Fleming said the initiative was very flexible; those taking part can choose day or evening sessions in several locations.

GPs could refer patients, but people could also ask their doctors to refer them or self-refer.

Ms Fleming said people signing up included teenagers, people in their early 20s, workers and retirees.

‘Some of them are genuinely looking for change ‘