Health goes global

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

WHEN we think about health, the first things that come to mind are usu­ally diet and ex­er­cise.

How­ever, well­be­ing is about more than just your body and what goes into it.

This World Health Day, I urge you to take some time to think about the many ways we can sup­port one an­other to raise our health and hap­pi­ness.

Cel­e­brated ev­ery year on April 7, World Health Day is a global aware­ness ini­tia­tive driven by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion. This year the theme is de­pres­sion.

Whether you’ve got five min­utes to spare to­day or want to build last­ing habits – there are six sim­ple ways all of us can be­gin cul­ti­vat­ing mind-body bal­ance.

One, try med­i­ta­tion to calm your mind. When you med­i­tate, you learn to think more clearly, by let­ting go of the neg­a­tive self-talk that can in­ter­fere with your judge­ment.

Two, add more plant-based foods to your diet. Nour­ish your body by en­sur­ing you get at least two serves of fruit and five serves of fresh ve­g­ies ev­ery day.

Three, fuel your pas­sions. Try to spare some time to do what makes you happy. Some­times we get so busy that we for­get how in­vig­o­rat­ing it feels to cry in a rom-com, or watch the sun set and swim in the ocean.

Four, sit less, and al­ways stay ac­tive. In­ci­den­tal ex­er­cise mat­ters. Make a con­scious ef­fort to stand or move around at work, while you chat on the phone, or when you watch your favourite tele­vi­sion pro­gram.

Five, find some­one who needs your help – reg­is­ter to vol­un­teer. Re­search shows that vol­un­teer­ing not only ben­e­fits the com­mu­nity around you, but also boosts feel­ings of well­be­ing and pro­vides a greater sense of pur­pose in life.

Six, find out about your can­cer risks and de­velop a per­son­alised preven­tion plan. At least one-third of all can­cer cases can be pre­vented.

This World Health Day, I urge you all to take part in rec­om­mended can­cer screen­ing, quit smok­ing, main­tain a healthy diet, ex­er­cise reg­u­larly, as­pire to a healthy weight, stay SunS­mart and limit your al­co­hol in­take.

And for those of you who are go­ing through can­cer right now, reach out for the sup­port you need. For many of us, can­cer can be as hard on the mind as it is on the body.

In fact, our own re­search shows that about one in three can­cer pa­tients ex­pe­ri­ences on­go­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pacts such as anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion – al­though many won’t ac­cess the sup­port they need.

Please reach out to Can­cer Coun­cil on 13 11 20. — Can­cer Coun­cil Qld CEO Ms Chris McMil­lan

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