Women’s Health Week (September 3-7) is the perfect time for women in Bathurst to consider implementing positive changes to lead a healthier and better lifestyle.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Nursing and Health and Enrolled Nurse, Debbie Greenhalgh, said statistics released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in relation to the health of Australia’s females revealed some alarming insights that need to be taken seriously.
“Nearly half of Australia’s population is female and unfortunately this demographic is facing more health struggles than ever before,” Ms Greenhalgh said.
“Lack of physical activity, obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, mental health and a number of chronic diseases are all significantly impacting how women lead their lives in the short and long term.”
The data released by the institute revealed that less than 46 per cent of women aged 18-64 exercised sufficiently, six in 10 Australian women (or 56 per cent) were overweight or obese, more than 12 per cent of women aged over 18 smoked and three in 10 women consumed excessive alcohol.
“While these statistics are quite alarming, the good news is just by making small changes all women can reverse this trend,” Ms Greenhalgh said.
“Women’s Health Week serves as a timely reminder to start investing in your health and wellbeing and by following a few simple steps, you can create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
1. Exercise more often - Ideal target is 150 minutes per week
2. Eat healthier - A healthy diet can improve your mood, boost energy levels and assist with weight loss
3. Avoid fad diets - Moderation is key
4. Stop smoking! - It’s an expensive habit and can cause fatal diseases
5. Alcohol consumption - Make sure you enjoy alcohol in moderation
6. See your doctor every year - an annual assessment of your overall health is important
7. Stress - Find a stress-reduction method that works for you. Eg. Meditation, yoga, exercise, socialise
8. Sleep - Try and get at least seven hours of sleep per night
9. Drink more water - Water is essential for our bodies to function
10. Be positive! - A positive, can-do attitutude can work wonders.
Ms Greenhalgh said the community can learn more about nursing and health by studying at TAFE NSW.
“We have a range of courses from certificates to diplomas in health, nursing, individual support and aged care to help you get the skills you need for the job you want,” she said.
For information visit tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.