Check heart health
IT WAS great to see from the Queensland Chief Health Officer’s The Health of Queenslanders 2018 report issued last week that we are living longer. But the question needs to be asked: How well are we living?
While it is good news to see premature death rates from cardiovascular disease have continued to decline, the fact is this leaves us with a larger, ageing population who are living longer lives with the burden of heart disease and other chronic conditions.
An ageing and unwell population is an increasing concern for us as a community. It places a burden not only on the person but also their family, carers and the health and hospital system.
One move to keep Queenslanders well and reduce the pressure on our health system would be an increased focus on preventative health, so people can reduce their risk of heart disease and age with wellness. We want to stop the heart attacks before they happen.
It is also good news from the report that we are smoking less and walking more – these actions will reduce your risk of a heart attack.
They will make a big difference to Queenslanders’ quality of life.
The report also tells us that two out of five older Queenslanders have high blood pressure and one in three have high cholesterol. This is a stark reminder to see a doctor and get your heart health checked. Left untreated, they are putting you in the express lane towards a heart attack.
Ultimately, we all want to not only live longer lives, but healthier, happier ones as well.
cLAST week we announced the plans for the upgrade of Rotary Park in Emerald, transforming the space into an inclusive playground for children and young people of all abilities in the region.
Our online and Facebook readers were excited about the new park with the post receiving 37 likes, two comments and eight shares.
Katrina Inonda: Yes! A new park!
Sarah Clemow: We will finely have a park walking distance from our house, yay!
Jess Paten: My grandad Barry Hetherington, a former member of the Rotary Club in Emerald believes this is such a great idea and something the town has needed for a while.
EMERALD Neighbourhood Centre’s Linking Alms appeal is calling out for community support to help struggling families around the region and our Facebook readers think it’s a great idea.
Latoya Nash: The Neighbourhood Centre is an amazing organisation. We’ll do a grocery collection within our paying it forward group to help them out this year.
COOLING OFF: Kacey Parsons sent in this great photo this week of her dog Milo enjoying a swim to beat the heat at Theresa Creek, Clermont. I think we should all follow Milo and jump in the water this weekend. If you have a photo you have taken and would like to share, keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more information.