The Healthy Lifestyles program seeks to address weight-related health problems for children by offering caring providers, family-centered treatment programs, highly trained educators and researchers, and strong community partnerships. We all need some fat in our diet, but it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat we’re eating. There are two main types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.
Drinking too much alcohol can also have devastating effects on our health – not only can it leave us with a hangover the next day, but drinking more than the recommended intake on a regular basis can also cause long-term damage to the body’s internal organs. Chronic misuse is one of the major causes of liver disease.
Since 2000 to 2002, life expectancy, years spent in good health and the years spent in poor health from age 65 have also increased. The proportion of life spent in poor health has also increased slightly. There are lots of ways to get the support you need to help stay healthy. An important step is ï¬nding a good GP (general practitioner) you are comfortable discussing your health with. Seeing the same GP each time means you can work together to manage your health and organise check-ups as needed.
The Better Health Channel is a trusted source of health and medical information. Every piece of information is developed with leading health professionals in Australia, so Victorians can be assured they are getting the most accurate and latest in health knowledge. There’s plenty of information on healthy eating and exercise that will help you on your journey to good health. There’s also a resource called My Health Life where you can record, monitor and manage your health and wellbeing.
Getting healthy isn’t about feeling guilty. If you do have slip-ups, don’t waste time telling yourself that you’re hopeless. Guilt won’t help you get healthy. Concentrate instead on the progress you’ve already made, and on getting back into your new habit. Even cutting back a little can help; each additional hour you watch increases your overall risk of dying by 11% and dying from heart disease by 18%.