Consuming the optimal diet, being physically active, getting rejuvenating rest, being well hydrated, not smoking and avoiding toxic substances will help you live the best life, full of vigour and vitality.
Did you know?
50% of Australians have at least one chronic condition, nearly 25% have two or more. Cancer, coronary heart disease and mental illness contribute the most to the disease burden (AIHW 2018). A staggering 80% of our risk of developing a chronic disease is related to our diet, movement, weight and smoking (Katz 2014).
Diets high in whole-plant foods can improve your physical wellbeing,15 and your mental wellbeing.3
Exercise can improve your life, from helping you to control your weight to boosting your mood.
Insufficient sleep is affecting productivity, mood, mental health, energy levels, problems with memory, obesity and other physical health problems.19
Over 200 health conditions are linked to harmful alcohol use, ranging from liver diseases, road injuries and violence, to cancers, cardiovascular diseases, suicides, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
Tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) is responsible for the deaths of about six million people globally each year, including 600,000 from secondhand smoke.
What can we do about it
Increase physical activity.
Increase consumption of whole plant foods.
Get adequate sleep.
Minimise or avoid toxins.
Eat, drink, move, rest to live your best.
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9 Hall JN, Spencer M, Harper SB, Lynch JW. Global variability in Fruit and vegetable consumption. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2009; 36(5): 402-409.
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11 IARC Monographs – 112. 2018. Glyphosate. International Agency for Research on Cancer. Accessed 8/04/2019. https://monographs.iarc.fr/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/mono112-10.pdf
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14 Lindqvist PG, Epstein E, Nielsen K, Landin-Olsson M, Ingvar C, Olsson H. Avoidance of sun exposure as a risk factor for major causes of death: a competing risk analysis of the Melanoma in Southern Sweden cohort. Journal of internal Medicine. 2016; 280: 375-87. https://doi.org/10.1111/joim.12496
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17 NSF. National Sleep Foundation Recommends New Sleep Times. 2015. National Sleep Foundation: Arlington, Virginia. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times
18 NSF. 2017. How much sleep do we really need? National Sleep Foundation: Arlington, Virginia. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/excessive-sleepiness/support/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need
19 NSF. 2018. White Paper: How Much Sleep Do Adults Need? 2018. National Sleep Foundation: Arlington, Virginia. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/professionals/whitepapers-and-position-statements/white-paper-how-much-sleep-do-adults-need
20 Philips. Better Sleep, Better Health. A Global Look at Why We’re Still Falling Short on Sleep. 2018. Philips: Best, Netherlands. https://www.sleepapnea.com/worldsleepday/WorldSleepDaySurveyReport_2018.pdf
21 Physical activity Guidelines Advisory Committee report, 2008. To the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Part A: executive summary. Nutrition Reviews. 2009; 67: 114-20.
22 SMD. 2018. Healthy Sleep. Sleep Medicine Division: Harvard Medical School. Boston; 2018 http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/
23 SHF. 2017. Asleep on the job – Costs of inadequate sleep in Australia. Sleep Health Foundation. Sydney. https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/files/Asleep_on_the_job/Asleep_on_the_Job_SHF_report-WEB_small.pdf
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