Pittwater Life February 2017 Issue

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Women’s Health Special

YOUR HEALTH’S IN

YOUR

HANDS

Over the following pages, you’ll find general information on health issues that women should be

aware of with simple messages that can reduce the risks of chronic diseases and tips from local

experts to help you manage your health and keep you in good shape. Compiled by Lisa Offord

HEALTHY HABITS

Many of the chronic diseases that

affect women – heart disease,

cancer and diabetes – can be avoided or

managed by leading a healthy lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle is all about choices,

finding the right balance between what

you put into your body, how you use your

body and… enjoying it.

The three main ingredients required to

lead a healthy lifestyle include:

n Eating a wide variety of nutritious foods

n Being physically active, and

n Maintaining a healthy weight

Cut out smoking and go easy on

alcohol (no more than two standard

drinks per day and two alcohol free days

per week) and you’re heading in the right

direction.

Also, being aware of your body and

your family history and visiting your GP

regularly will help you stay on the right

track and detect any health problems

early.

Don’t be concerned that you may have

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neglected your health over the years – the

experts say it is never too late to make

lifestyle changes that can reduce the risks

of many health problems.

What’s a standard drink?

A standard drink is one that contains 10g

of alcohol. That is 100ml of wine, 285ml

full-strength beer, 60ml port or sherry,

30ml spirits.

Healthy eating

A balanced diet is the key to good

nutrition and good health. Quite simply,

there are certain foods that can be eaten

all the time (in certain amounts) that

help maintain your health and energy

and there are other foods you should

limit. Following a healthy balanced diet

however, isn’t always that easy, especially

when bombarded with mixed messages

about food and what you should and

shouldn’t be eating.

Your best source of information on

FEBRUARY 2017

healthy eating are The Australian Dietary

Guidelines which have been developed by

food and nutrition experts on behalf of

the National Health and Medical Research

Council.

Many of us don’t eat as well as the

experts recommend but even making

small changes to your diet can reduce

your risks of chronic diseases and other

health problems.

Physical activity

Beginning or resuming regular physical

activity will benefit your health,

regardless of your age.

Moderate activity (energetic but not

enough to make you breathless, such

as brisk walking or social tennis, for

example) for as little as 30 minutes on

most, preferably all, days is great for your

wellbeing and can help reduce the risks

of many health problems such as heart

disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers,

anxiety, depression, musculoskeletal

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