YOUNG ACTIVATOR - PAUL JONES
Hilltops Council is located on the South West Slopes of New South Wales and supports a population of approximately 20,000 people across the vibrant towns of Boorowa, Harden and Young and surrounding villages. The Council covers an area of approximately 7000km2 and is located less than four hours from Sydney and an hour from Canberra. Council employ a team of over 270 people and are an employee of choice in the region.
Each year, Hilltops festivals and events see thousands of visitors flood to our towns celebrating the history of the gold rush, wool industry and cherry harvest.
Narelle Hunter - PA2health
PA2health is a digital innovation, developed by 5 co-founders, who passionately care about the health and well-being of Regional Australians. Each member of the PA2health team, are experts in their own field, with a wealth of experience in fitness, nutrition and mindfulness. We also have Alice Williams, our resident psychologist, who is carefully collecting evidence based data, together with Ed Stevens our tech expert, Judy Davie, an incredible Food Coach and Narelle Hunter, local Mindfulness expert. We aim to be able to prove that mental and physical health can be enhanced, with an electronic intervention, delivering information that is high quality, personal and fun. We are not aiming to replace face to face services but compliment vital local healthcare.
The 4-week challenge is delivered via a Chatbot, on Facebook messenger. Healthy eating, exercise and mindful stress management strategies are offered as weekly challenges. Motivational tips are also sent, at times when participants have indicated vulnerability. The aim is to create opportunity for healthy self-care. PA2health offers an ongoing strategy for cementing healthy habits.
Our vision is to “Empower regional Australians to take charge of their health.”