Health professionals, policy makers and individuals can potentially improve the chances of having a healthier life by addressing the complex interactions between genetics, development, and life events and lifestyles. We all need some fat in our diet, but it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat we’re eating. There are two main types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.
The Better Health Channel is a trusted source of health and medical information. Every piece of information is developed with leading health professionals in Australia, so Victorians can be assured they are getting the most accurate and latest in health knowledge. There’s plenty of information on healthy eating and exercise that will help you on your journey to good health. There’s also a resource called My Health Life where you can record, monitor and manage your health and wellbeing.
Being healthy can change the way you feel about your whole life. The very point of it is to make you feel good, not to â€˜punish your body’. That’s why making sure you reward yourself for developing healthier habits is important. Source: Office for National Statistics life expectancy data for single years. Data for 2016 are provisional and produced by Public Health England.
Sleep – Sleep deprivation increases appetite (and often body weight) and decreases brain function. So proper sleep helps your energy, weight maintenance and your ability to think and concentrate. We spend our lives sitting – at our desks, in front of the TV, in a meeting or on the phone. New research is emerging highlighting the potential risk to health from all our sitting behaviour. So break your sitting time by standing for five minutes and reap the health benefits.
If at all possible, avoid late evening or overnight shift work. If you must work a late shift, try to work the same hours every night, so you are asleep at the same time and for the same amount of time each day. Thirty minutes of modest exercise ( walking is OK) at least three to five days a week is recommended, but the greatest health benefits come from exercising most days of the week.