Skin Cancer Week

Skin Cancer Week

Health Weeks

17-11-2020

During Skin Cancer Awareness Week @cancercouncilaustralia
reminds us to use a combination of sun protection measures on days when the maximum UV level is higher than 3:
– Slip on sun-protective clothing.
– Slop on SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors (reapply every 2 hours).
– Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
– Seek shade.
– Slide on wrap-around sunglasses (that meet Australian Standard AS/NZS 1067).
 
 
 
 
 
 

November is lung cancer awareness month

November is lung cancer awareness month

Health Weeks

07-11-2020

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.

– The earlier you start smoking, the longer you smoke and the more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of developing lung cancer.
– Other risk factors include passive smoking, exposure to asbestos and other elements, family history and more.
Learn more about lung cancer during lung cancer awareness month here
 
Discover the support available to help you quit smoking here
 
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What is Walktober?

What is Walktober?

Health Weeks

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.

You can read more here

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019

ASTHMA WEEK 1-7 SEPTEMBER

ASTHMA WEEK 1-7 SEPTEMBER

Health Weeks

05-09-2020

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!

It’s World Breastfeeding Week

It’s World Breastfeeding Week

Health Weeks

05-08-2020

It’s World Breastfeeding Week, and this year’s theme is ‘support breastfeeding for a healthier planet’. The WHO and UNICEF are calling on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support.
Here in Victoria breastfeeding mothers can seek support from their maternal and child health nurse, GP or midwife, maternity hospital breastfeeding ‘day stay’ units, lactation consultants, early parenting centres and the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
Help is available by phone 24/7 through:
• Breastfeeding Helpline (1800 686 268)
• Maternal and Child Health Line (13 22 29).
Learn more about breastfeeding and available supports:
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World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day

Health Weeks

29-07-2020

Today is World Hepatitis Day!
Hepatitis Australia says that while the world is focused on a new virus, it is important not to forget what is happening for those at risk of, or living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
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June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Health Weeks

24-06-2020

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
 

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.

 
296 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this week (15,352 people a year).