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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.