Tips & Tools
If you’re checking out the program, chances are you are already thinking a healthier lifestyle is the way to go. Great idea! Here are some tips you could even action today.
4 little changes…
- If you find it hard to build physical activity into your life, begin by moving more whenever and wherever you can: push your trolley two laps of the supermarket perimeter every time you get your groceries or do a few leg raises and sit-to-stand exercises during the television commercials.
- Eat more fruit and vegies by having a mid-morning snack of a piece of fruit like a medium size apple each day, and eating at least one kind of vegetable with your main meal. Queenslanders generally don’t eat enough fruit and vegies.
- If you’re a meat eater, swap sausages for a leaner cut of meat. One thick, cooked sausage alone has about 20 grams of fat – the equivalent of four teaspoons of fat.
- Swap full cream milk for low-fat or skim milk and save yourself up to 290KJ every serve.
True or false: test your food facts
Low fat yoghurt has added sugar – True or false?
Shaved ham is a processed food so is a “sometimes” food – True or false?
A can of soft drink often contains eight teaspoons of sugar – True or false?
A glass of orange juice can contain the juice of 4 oranges but not the fibre – True or false?
Toasted muesli contains about twice the amount of saturated fat compared with natural muesli – True or false?
Basmati rice has a lower glycemic index (GI) than Jasmine rice – True or false?
Answers: All true!
Tips for a top sleep
A good sleep is critical to good health. In fact, sleep apnoea is known to contribute to other health issues, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Adults should aim for between seven and nine hours of sleep a day
- Get your body used to a routine - go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning
- Exercise daily to sleep well
- Avoid napping or indulging in regular sleep-ins as it can disrupt your sleep patterns.