Your body is more than a temple – It’s a Healthcare System

Your body is more than a temple – It’s a Healthcare System

Ask the average Australian if they’re healthy and most will answer yes. But in the past 15 years, our intake of fruit and vegetables has declined. In fact, says the Heart Foundation, we have a 92.9% inadequate intake of veg. [1] 

These statistics skim the surface but what they indicate is that we’re not particularly involved in, or engaged with, our health.

In 2016-17 there were 11 million hospital admissions in Australia. That’s 31 million days of patient care. [2]  We seem comfortable assuming ‘we’ll be right’ and then when we do end up in hospital we’re happy to leave it to the heavily pressured doctors and surgeons to fix us.

Can we really consider ourselves healthy when (a roughly equivalent) half of the population is in hospital at some point during the year?

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Supporting chronic illness through food and lifestyle choices

Supporting chronic illness through food and lifestyle choices

“Chronic disease” refers to a disease state that is ongoing or long term (at least 3 months as defined by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics) and refers to diseases that generally cannot be cured or prevented by medication or vaccine. This predominantly includes conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, asthma, chronic pulmonary disease, depression and chronic pain conditions.

In studies conducted by the Australian Government the main contributing factors to chronic disease are Tobacco and alcohol use, Physical inactivity and Poor nutrition.

All of which are lifestyle related issues that can be turned around with the implementation of behavioural change, good food choices and lifestyle modifications.

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Health Goals for the New Year

Health Goals for the New Year

Do you have plans to be much healthier in 2018? You’re not alone. According to statisticbrain.com, the majority of resolutions made in the New Year are related to losing weight and healthier eating, but a whopping 80% of them will fail by February, so unfortunately the odds are not stacked in your favour.

 

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