Osteoarthritis is degenerative arthritis where the core components of joints (cartilage, bone, ligaments and muscles) all worsen over time.
Feel helpless? Don’t! Exercise programs can help reduce pain and increase your mobility.*
Healthy Weight for Life Osteoarthritis program on selected Peoplecare Hospital covers
Peoplecare covers the full cost of a proven 18-week osteoarthritis program called Healthy Weight for Life. Healthy Weight for Life is included (that’s free with no extra cost to participate!) on the following covers: Silver Hospital, Silver Plus Hospital, Gold Hospital and our closed covers Mid Hospital (Basic Plus) and Premium Hospital (Gold).
For a limited time (until 1 April 2022) Peoplecare members on Bronze Hospital and our closed Basic Hospital (Basic Plus) can join this program.
The waiting period to receive these programs is 2 months of continuous cover. Your premiums need to be up to date before you can claim these programs. Despite the name, it’s not just about weight loss.
Healthy Weight for Life improves:
- joints & your mobility through muscle strengthening
- stiffness through gentle exercise
- pain management – a crucial skillset to help you sustain a better quality of life
Phases of the program
Get started with some meal replacement options such as KicStart Shakes and KicStart Soups for breakfast and lunch so that you can get on the right nutrition path without having to get handy in the kitchen for each meal. You can add some suggested sides such as berries and salads.
For dinner, you’ll need to head to the kitchen to prep some healthy, filling food from the meal plan – meat and three veg is an option, so most people should adapt nicely.
|Build up to 30 minutes per day of gentle daily activity like walking, swimming or cycling by the end of this phase.|
|Add planned lunch and snacks to your daily intake.||Increase time to at least 30 minutes per day and intensity (if possible) to continue weight loss.|
|All meals are planned. Supplement shakes and soups are no longer eaten.||Sustain exercise so that it can continue when the program finishes. Participants can use a steps tracker to keep on top of their 10,000 steps.|
Want to join?
You can join the program if you have a:
- diagnosis of osteoarthritis
- Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 28
- Your GP approves and completes an approval form
Osteoarthritis help on Peoplecare Extras covers^
Getting hands-on help? You can claim part of the cost of physio and exercise physiology(of course the benefit amount depends on your level of Extras cover).
But wait, there’s more. If your GP or other health professional declares you have a health condition, you might be able to claim certain other treatment costs. We can also pay benefits on all our extras covers for fitness programs and equipment if you have a condition requiring a health management plan. There’s a whole swag of goodies claimable in such cases, including exercise equipment, gym memberships, pool sessions etc.
For Mid, High or Premium Extras
You can also claim part of the cost on dietetics as well as complementary therapies such as remedial massage and acupuncture.
For more info on services that are eligible for benefits, view our Extras covers benefits.
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^Two-month waiting periods apply before joining these covers and claiming (unless you switch within 30 days from an Extras cover with these benefits where no waiting period would apply).