You’ve heard it all before: eat your fruit and veg, avoid starchy foods, drink lots of water, exercise regularly. But why the hype? Why is it important to lead a healthy lifestyle and eat healthily really?
Well for one thing, being healthy will reduce your risk of heart attack. That should be reason enough but it also means you will feel better in general, have more energy and stand a lower chance of getting sick.
Did you know that being overweight or obese are, combined, the fifth leading risk for global deaths? At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.
44 per cent of the diabetes burden, 23 per cent of the ischaemic heart disease burden and between seven and 41 per cent of certain cancer burdens that are attributable to overweight and obesity. (Source: The World Health Organisation).
The good news is that obesity is preventable.
Becoming more active is key to combatting obesity and to keeping healthy in general. Encourage your children to take up extracurricular activities that involve exercise: go swimming in summer, take up a sport or go to a dance class. Make family outings healthy too: why not organise a trip to the beach or the park. And here’s another idea: start going on a family walk after dinner instead of flopping in front of television. The key is also in your diet and eating habits: cut out junk and sugary food and avoid eating in front of the TV.
Below is some useful advice about how you should eat and how to lead a healthy lifestyle. You will also find helpful guidance about what to do in the eventuality that something goes wrong and you need a doctor or an ambulance.
The Health Department offers counseling groups and one-to-one services in general and on the areas listed below in particular:
Smoking cessation and passive smoking
Nutrition and physical activity
Sexual health including sexually transmitted infections
To find out more about these sessions and how to sign up, click here