Chronic disease rates in Australia have increased dramatically over the last few years and statistics show that the inner east community is more overweight and experiencing more chronic disease than ever before. The most common chronic disease is cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is also Australia's leading cause of death.
There are many things you can do to prevent or manage chronic illnesses such as CVD. Simply making minor lifestyle changes can have a big impact on your health and wellbeing. In fact regular physical activity is the most important factor in promoting better health and preventing chronic disease after quitting smoking.
The first step towards managing your health is arranging for your GP to give you a thorough health check. This will help identify risk factors and if there are any particular issues that need addressing through medicines or other treatments.
The next step is to find ways to increase the amount you move each day. You don't need to go to the gym and you don't need to do 30 minutes of continuous activity. But by making a conscious decision to move frequently throughout the day, you'll be making a conscious decision to improve your health and reduce your risk of chronic disease.
Check out the links on the right for a range of useful resources to help you become more active.
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