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).
 
 

Why is Australian male health so in need of attention? Why work on men’s health?

Why is Australian male health so in need of attention? Why work on men’s health?

Health Weeks

05-06-2020

Good question!

Because the health status of males in most countries, including Australia, is generally poorer than that of females.

More males die at every stages through the life course, more males have accidents, more males take their own lives and more males suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than females at the same age.

Meanwhile, men are less frequent visitors to general practitioners, and the perception is that they don’t care about health or that health services are not well-prepared to interact with men effectively.

But that’s not what Men’s Health Week is about!

Men’s Health Week was started in the United States by the US Congress in 1994 to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. 

In Australia, there were small and localised Men’s Health Week events in Victoria and then in New South Wales from about 2000 onwards.

In 2002, the 2nd World Congress Of Men’s Health was held in Vienna and brought together six leading men’s health organisations including MHIRC to run international events in June each year, just before the United States and United Kingdom Father’s Day. Read More >

Can you help The Nappy Collective?

Can you help The Nappy Collective?

Health Weeks

20-05-2020

Around 1 in 10 Australian mums will struggle to afford the nappies they need for their babies.

The Nappy Collective aims to deliver 1 million nappies to families in need this year.

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 situation, they are unable to collect nappy donations so they are asking for you to consider giving the gift of virtual nappies.

For as little as $20, you can provide 1 weeks’ worth of nappies to a family in need.

Please head to their social media pages or their website to learn more, and to make a donation.

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Ovarian cancer doesn’t go into lockdown

Ovarian cancer doesn’t go into lockdown

Health Weeks

08-05-2020

Every 8 hours, one woman dies from this silent killer and right now those with ovarian cancer are at an increased risk.

We’re in uncertain times—and now, more than ever, we need support to fund our critical research.

Even $20 gets us closer to saving the lives of women with ovarian cancer.

Now, more than ever, we need your help
 
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Now, more than ever, we need your help