November is lung cancer awareness month07-11-2020
Smoking is a key risk factor for lung cancer. According to Cancer Council Victoria:
– About 90% of lung cancer cases in males and 65% of cases in females in Australia are thought to be due to smoking.
What is Walktober?24-09-2020
Walktober is an annual health awareness and fundraising event that challenges people to move for 31 minutes of every day for 31 days in October. At the same time, we raise funds to enable Bluearth and its programs to have a presence in more schools across Australia.
Why we need to move more
Physical inactivity is a leading cause of disease and disability.
An office worker will typically spend 80,000 hours of their life sitting. Over time, sitting for more than 6 hours a day reduces life expectancy by 40% for women and 20% for men.
Sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality, double the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity, and increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety.
Two thirds of Australians are overweight or obese; Australia has the highest rate of obesity in the world.*
Moving more is good for us; improving sleep and lung capacity, increasing blood flow to the brain for improved mental alertness and productivity, reducing cholesterol and blood pressure and improving heart muscle function and blood flow.
Helping kids to learn the joy of movement in their early years, is a key piece of their development that can influence their health and wellbeing through to later years.
* Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019
ASTHMA WEEK 1-7 SEPTEMBER05-09-2020
Spring is the season where the weather warms, flowers begin to bloom and there’s an overall sense of new beginning in the air. Yet we all know that 2020 has and continues to be, a big year for people with asthma. So, as we spring into the season, take time this Asthma Week to take a breather.
This Asthma Week is about YOU – putting your health and wellbeing at the forefront, even for just a few minutes each day.
To help you in this journey, each day over Asthma Week we will share with you some ideas and activities that might help you take a break and help to get your asthma well controlled. We’ve created a Take a Breather Checklist that you can download and, keep handy!
National Science Week21-08-2020
learn a little bit about the science of genetics and genetic conditions.
It’s World Breastfeeding Week05-08-2020
Heads up on Diabetes for National Diabetes Week13-07-2020
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month24-06-2020
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – a Bowel Cancer Australia initiative raising awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer and funds for the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer claims the lives of 103 Australians every week (5,336 people a year) – but it’s one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.
While the risk of bowel cancer increases significantly with age, the disease doesn’t discriminate, affecting men and women, young and old.