Healthy Life is Australia’s home of ‘feel good’. The mission of the Duke Healthy Lifestyle Program is to empower children and adolescents to achieve a healthier lifestyle through family-based education, clinical care and behavioral change; to develop innovative solutions and disseminate knowledge regarding the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity; and to partner with communities to promote wellness in the environments where children live, learn and play.
Heavy drinking during pregnancy can lead to foetal alcohol syndrome in babies – which can cause a life-long learning disability as well as physical problems. Smoking can also affect their development. Research also suggests a pregnant woman’s diet can increase her child’s risk of obesity by changing the unborn baby’s DNA.
Have food on hand that is healthy, quick, and easy to eat, such as fresh fruit, yogurt, whole grain bread, crackers, or bagels for times when you are in a hurry or don’t feel like preparing a meal. Try to schedule regular grocery shopping trips so you don’t have to eat fast food or junk food just because you are hungry.
The SANE Healthy Living DVD Kit is available for purchase. It features people who’ve experienced mental illness talking about what has helped them live a healthier life. It also explains the benefits of being physically healthy, giving tips on how to overcome obstacles and find support. Join Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella as she makes it easy to see how eating well can make a big difference to your health.
Visit the Australian Government’s healthdirect website for more information about eating healthily , or browse the eatforhealth website. Be sure to tell the doctor, too, about any family history of medical conditions (such as diabetes or heart disease), and any medications you are taking, whether prescribed or not.