This weekend’s World Health Day a wake-up call for all

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A Letter to the Editor from Lifecoach Sally Thibault:

This Saturday, 7 April, the world will globally mark World Health Day - an initiative led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that focuses on global and local conversations to achieve health for all.

The theme in 2018 is ‘Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere’. And the message is crucial, with current stats showing at least half of the world’s people are currently unable to obtain essential health services.

The WHO says universal health coverage is about ensuring all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

This World Health Day it’s crucial that we all play a part in the conversation about universal health care around our world - with governments, community organisations, and with each other.

It’s also a great marker to stop, take stock, and ensure we are personally living our healthiest lives - to reduce the burden of preventable disease, and to help others live healthy lives.

Many of us get enthusiastic about making healthy, sustainable choices - but busy lives often get in the way of our long term goals. We can get overwhelmed, confused and prone to procrastinating.

The latest figures* show in 2011, 44 per cent of deaths in Australia and 31 per cent of the burden of disease and injury was associated with behavioural, metabolic and environmental risk factors. 

We have a significant part to play in reducing our risk, and the burden of preventable disease on our country.

This World Health Day - think about one or two changes you can personally make for your overall health.

Do you need to eat a better diet? Healthy eating is still a challenge for many Queenslanders. Aim to follow the Australian Dietary Guidelines for inspiration and ease. Try to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.

What about getting active? Sedentary lifestyles are common in our state - for adults and children. Try to get out and get moving - even if it’s for 20 minutes a day - we can all start somewhere!

You could also take a step and commit to two alcohol-free days per week, while increasing your water intake at the same time.

There are many ways we can all get healthier, and help contribute to a healthy world, this World Health Day.

More information about World Health Day is available at www.who.int.

More information about Sally Thibault is available at sallythibault.com.au.

Sally Thibault

Lifecoach, Author, Speaker

ENDS