Health Pod – Online Resources

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Healthy Lifestyle

LiveLighter is a program developed to encourage Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles – to make changes to what they eat and drink, and to be more active.

Heartmoves is a gentle physical activity program suitable for anyone who hasn’t done any exercise in a while. You can exercise at your own pace in a friendly atmosphere at a number of centres throughout Canberra.

Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest free community based walking network. Australia’s largest free community based walking network.

The YMCA seeks to remove barriers to participation in programs and activities that will enable all people to meet their full potential. YMCA provides diverse programs to get you active; older adults, weight loss, low intensity wellbeing and flexibility classes. YMCA also tailors programs to groups with special needs such as cancer recovery, lung dysfunction and limited mobility.

The CANwalk Portal is designed to assist you in finding a walking activity or walking event in Canberra that suits your needs.

Good Habits for Life is all about taking some simple steps to healthier eating, being active and being connected to the people around us. Visit the site for tips, challenges and other ideas to help your family with a healthier lifestyle.

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Reducing Alcohol Consumption

Daybreak is an online program designed to help individuals reduce their harmful alcohol consumption through a range of evidence-based supports. The program is accessible via Android and iOS devices and combines elements of assessment and brief intervention, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioural therapy, peer support and clinical support to assist users to change their relationship with alcohol.

Drinkwise Australia is an independent non-profit organisation with the primary focus of bringing about a healthier and safer drinking culture in Australia.

Counselling Online is a program funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Health and is operated by Turning Point in Victoria. It is a free 24 hour drug and alcohol counselling service

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Quitting Smoking

The QuitNow website is an Australian Government initiative for providing a range of resources about smoking and methods to help smokers to quit.

Cancer Council ACT (CCACT) promotes a healthier ACT community through providing information, education and support to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer. CCACT offers a range of services to support people wishing to quit smoking such as individual counselling and group support.

Other Useful Resources

Australian Government’s consumer information about chronic disease.

The Australian Type 2 diabetes risk assessment tool (AUSDRISK).

Facts and figures about physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

A range of free health services funded by federal, state and territory governments.

The organisations listed above are not involved in sponsoring or financially supporting this research project. The web links are provided purely to inform you about opportunities to improve your health and wellbeing.


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Eat a balanced, healthy diet. Reduce the amount of fat in your diet, especially saturated and trans fats. Eat more fruit, vegetables and high-fibre foods. Cut back on salt.

Limit takeaway and processed foods. Convenience meals are usually high in salt, fat and kilojoules. It’s best to cook for yourself using fresh ingredients whenever possible.


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Take a walk. Choose the long route to the station or stop, park further away or jump off the bus or tram a few stops early.

Count your steps. Wear a pedometer and challenge yourself to taking more steps every day. Join or start a lunchtime walking group at work. Take the stairs instead of the escalator or lift.

Cycle to work or walk your kids to school.


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Re-think your social activities. Think of ways to socialise with friends and family away from the local bar and try replacing alcohol in your fridge with non-alcoholic drinks. Try smaller measures. Rather than sticking to pints, try sipping halves, go for a bottled beer or if you are drinking wine, opt for a small glass.

Quit smoking. There is no safe level of smoking.

See your doctor for regular check-ups. As you get older, it’s a good idea to regularly check your blood glucose, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.


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