Healthy Life is Australia’s home of ‘feel good’. The latest data on healthy life expectancy (the number of years lived in self-assessed good health) (2013 to 2015) show that it is now 63.4 for males and 64.1 for females. Even moderate exercise—a quick, 30-minute walk each day, for example—can lower your risk of heart problems. Studies have revealed that longer telomeres have been linked to a longer lifespan, while shorter telomeres have been linked diseases such as heart disease and dementia. Longer telomeres can also be inherited by the next generation.
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.
After getting active, remember not to reward yourself with a treat that is high in energy. If you feel hungry after activity, choose foods or drinks that are lower in calories, but still filling. The SANE Guide to a Smokefree Life is an easy-to-use, practical resource that genuinely helps people quit. It has been developed in consultation with consumers, carers, pharmacists and psychiatrists, as well as quit smoking experts.
Once you’ve made the decision to quit, the first couple of weeks can be the hardest. You may feel tense, tired and irritable as your body adjusts. If you feel the urge to ‘light up’ try the simple four Ds – delay acting on the urge to reach for a cigarette, take a few deep breaths, drink water, and do something else until the craving passes.
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.