Australians are living longer than ever before. To choose health is to take positive steps to maximise your chances of living an illness free life. For a long time health systems around the world have focused on treating sick people, but as we all know, prevention is much better than cure.
With the right information, every one of us can take steps to reduce our chances of developing chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and type two diabetes.
General Practices have a key role to play in supporting patients choosing to make positive lifestyle changes.
Key Lifestyle Risk Factors:
Lifescripts Resources - The Lifescripts initiative provides general practice with tools and skills to help patients address the main lifestyle risk factors for chronic disease: smoking; poor nutrition; alcohol misuse; physical inactivity; and unhealthy weight.
The initiative assists with the provision of tailored advice to patients on modifying their lifestyle.
For further information visit the Department of Health and Ageing website.
Good For Life Good For Kids in General Practice - How do you mainstream healthy eating and physical activity for children in an environment where exposure to junk food is growing and where incentives and opportunities to be physically active are shrinking? That is the challenge being taken on by the Good for Kids/Good for Life program.
Good for Kids is led by Hunter New England Population Health in partnership with GP Access. Actions being undertaken as part of the program aim to emphasize the importance of reinforcing the key messages so that it is easy for families and their children to build healthy eating and physical activity into their lives. For more information on this initiative, visit the Good for Kids website.