Visit Parramasala this weekend & Get Healthy!

23 Oct 2015

Come along this weekend to Prince Alfred Park Parramatta and visit Parramasala, a free, public celebration of the diverse and rich culture which contributes to Sydney’s social fabric. Held over 3 days, 23, 24th, 25th October, the festival includes food stalls, dance, parade, music, film, heritage and more. Now in its 6th year, Parramasala attracts over 30 000 people of which 70% are born outside Australia.

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Western Sydney is home to Australia’s most culturally diverse population, including the fast growing Indian and South Asian communities and is an ideal location to host an event which brings people together so many cultures in a positive, inclusive and friendly atmosphere.

This year, WSLHD is partnering with Parramasala to promote the Get Healthy Service – a free telephone based service supporting adults to make sustained improvements in healthy eating, physical activity and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Get Healthy Indian recipe cards will be distributed and staff will be available at the Get Healthy stand to sign people up to the free Get Healthy Service and/or answer any questions.

Specific Get Healthy initiatives at Parramasala include: 

  • FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER - United Voices for Women’s Wellbeing Parade – meet at Parramatta Town Hall 5:45. Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Join us in promoting the well - being and empowerment of women.
  • SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER – Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service Launch at Parramasala
    • Parramasala Chairman Dr. Harinath and Deputy Director for Centre of Population Health Christine Newman, Main Stage , 11:00 am – 11:15am
  • SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER – Parramasala subcontinent Get Healthy success story interview – Andi Andronicus , Healthy Eating and Active Living Program Coordinator, WSLHD interviews Parminder Singh, Main Stage , 12:50 – 1:00pm   
    • Get Healthy Information and Coaching Stall – on all three days. Participants can access information and register for the service. Oct 23 – Oct 25th
      • Participants engaging in the Colour Fun event ( Kolam/Rangoli) , Rotunda, Prince Alfred Park – Oct 24th and Oct 25th 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m . can speak to Get Healthy volunteers, access information and register for the service

      The Get Healthy team would love to see you and your family and friends at the event. Be sure to visit their stall.

      For further information: www.parramasala.com or contact Dipti Zachariah at the Centre for Population Health on Dipti.Zachariah@health.nsw.gov.au