A quarter of all Australian adults are obese and nearly two-thirds of us are overweight. The latest evidence shows that more and more often, we are replacing healthy foods with those that are high in energy but have little nutritional value. If current trends continue, it is estimated that by 2025 three-quarters of Australian women aged 20 years and older will be overweight or obese.
During the past 15 years, a lifestyle-disease epidemic has been sweeping across Australia. The number of people with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and asthma is rising at an alarming rate. What is most concerning about this is that in many cases, these diseases could be avoided if we made healthier lifestyle choices on a day-to-day basis.
As we progress through life, our physical and mental health needs change.
While many of us see the value in safeguarding our physical wellbeing – and take steps to maintain a healthy weight, have regular health and skin check-ups, keep an eye on our blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and deal with illness or injury.
Two hundred women die of heart disease in Australia every week. That works out to be about 10,400 women each year and makes heart disease the leading cause of death for Australian women. Interestingly, only about one-third of us know this, despite the fact that nine in ten of us have at least one risk factor for the disease.
This first edition of Health Journey for 2012 focuses on nutrition and healthy eating. Often by this time of year our New Year's resolutions to eat better and exercise more have gone astray. We hope the articles on Japanese food, reading food labels and wholegrains help people to get back on track.
The rapid growth of social media has left many organisations struggling to keep up with what is on offer and determine how relevant these tools are for their circumstances. This is particularly the case for nonprofit organisations who often have limited information technology expertise and are typically underresourced.
Schoolyard aggression was recently the topic of widespread debate following a clip of a victim retaliating violently towards a bully going viral on YouTube and facebook.
On 8 March this year we celebrate 100 years of International Women's Day. The first International Women's Day in 1911 saw women demanding the right to vote, to hold public office, to work, to access vocational training and to not be discriminated against while at work.
In an ideal world each person would have access to all the information and support they need to be able to make informed, healthy choices about their lives. Women's Health Queensland Wide Inc (Women's Health) is currently undertaking a number of projects to help us work towards this ideal for Queensland women.
In the lead up to the recent federal election Women's Health Queensland Wide Inc (Women's Health) was concerned by use of the term "primary health care" by politicians when they were actually referring to primary medical care.