Campaspe News

Here’s to going without booze

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RESIDENTS in Campaspe have been urged to ditch the booze for a month to raise money for people living with cancer and experience health benefits of being alcohol-free.

Since 2008, a quarter of a million Australian­s have rallied around the popular ‘Dry July’ campaign, raising over $60 million to help provide essential services for people living with cancer.

In addition to helping others, giving up alcohol — even for a month — can deliver significan­t health benefits.

Healthier Campaspe project manager Jane Stephens said Dry July traditiona­lly had strong uptake in local communitie­s, but this year her team was hoping for even greater participat­ion.

“COVID-19 has caused a lot of stress,” Ms Stephens said.

“Communitie­s are saying they need a positive reset. Dry July is an opportunit­y for people to develop healthier behaviours, while helping and connecting with each other.”

Healthier Campaspe is a locally based partnershi­p, comprised of health and community services working together, to strengthen community health and wellbeing outcomes.

“We know the prospect of going without alcohol can be daunting, particular­ly as it can be a coping mechanism. But it’s not a healthy one,” Ms Stephens said.

“There are many short- to longterm health benefits when people reduce or give up alcohol. From improved sleep, energy and concentrat­ion, as well as the experience of anxiety and depression can actually decrease.

“Alcohol is also high in calories with no nutritiona­l value. It can be expensive. And who doesn’t want to save more money? This July, sign up with friends as a team to see how much you can raise together.”

Funds raised through Dry July are distribute­d through the Dry July foundation to its partner organisati­ons. They provide invaluable services for cancer patients, their families and carers.

To sign up, visit www.dryjuly.com

 ??  ?? ■ Judy Lee, Sandra Holmberg, Paula Grech and Katia Hyden at Rochester and Elmore District Health Service embrace the challenge of Dry July.
■ Judy Lee, Sandra Holmberg, Paula Grech and Katia Hyden at Rochester and Elmore District Health Service embrace the challenge of Dry July.

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