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Journeys : April May 2009
Make your heart happy and healthy H ealthy eating, being active, losing excess weight, giving up smoking, keeping blood pressure low – they’re all aspects of a healthy lifestyle that are good for our heart as well as our general health. Most of us know what we need to do to keep healthy, but it’s not always easy to make a plan and stick to it. Remember that your GP and pharmacist can not only help you understand the risk factors in your lifestyle, but assist you to make positive changes and set realistic goals. Taking a step-by-step approach with the support of a health professional is the best way to go. There are many things you can do to gain knowledge and make wise choices for your future health. For example, simply being aware of the sodium content in packaged food and choosing low-salt brands can result in a lowered blood pressure. Making healthy choices part of our daily lives is clearly a challenge – 90 per cent of Australian adults have a least one of the modifiable risk factors for heart and blood vessel disease and 25 per cent of us have three or more modifiable risk factors. We are getting fatter, we are less active and our blood cholesterol isn’t dropping. Despite many treatment options, heart disease is still the number one killer in Australia, responsible for 38 per cent of all deaths. You can’t change a family history of heart disease but you can do some great things for your heart. It’s never too late to change your lifestyle without taking the fun out of it – and you’ll probably have more energy to enjoy life. You can do it – and you can start today! • Reduce salt in your diet • Reduce fat in your diet • Eat two serves of fresh fruit and three serves of vegetables daily • Lose excess weight • Limit your alcohol intake • Exercise for 30 minutes a day • Reduce stress in your life • Become a non-smoker If you don’t lead an active lifestyle, you should have a check-up with your GP to discuss your plan or talk with your pharmacist. Many pharmacies have practical support programs for weight loss and to help you quit smoking. For more information Heart Foundation of Australia 1300 362 787 www.heartfoundation.com.au Building a Healthy Active Australia www.healthyactive.gov.au Pharmacy Self Care Support Pharmacists are medicine experts so ask a pharmacist for advice and a Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) leaflet, so you can understand your medication. Pick up a self care card on non-smoking at your nearest Self Care Pharmacy – visit www.psa.org.au. April / May 09 7 Message from the Patron, His Excellency the Honourable Peter Underwood AO Governor of Tasmania It has been an honour to accept patronage of the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania. Now in its 86th year, the Club’s reputation as a wholly Tasmanian-owned organisation that is focused on the needs of Tasmanians has led to it being wholeheartedly embraced by motorists. Of course, all Tasmanians, not only Club members, benefit from the activities of the RACT. The Club acts as an advocate on areas including road safety, petrol pricing and road funding for all Tasmanian motorists and plays a valuable role in bringing these issues to the forefront of public attention. The RACT’s longevity is in part due to its ability to adapt to the changing needs of its members. The redevelopment of the Club’s Hobart headquarters will benefit both members and staff and ensure that the Club is in a position to maintain and expand member services and business operations into the future. The redevelopment will take place on the existing site and provide four storeys of office accommodation, allowing all facets of the RACT’s operations to occupy the one building with room for expansion in the future. Club members will enjoy enhanced customer service facilities with the less-agile members provided for with lift access from an underground car park. Staff will also benefit from an improved work area and facilities. The balance of office space will be commercially let, providing an income stream for the Club. Importantly, in these difficult economic times, I am advised that the project will employ Tasmanian contractors, adhere to a high-energy efficiency rating and will be conducted so as to minimise any disruption to the normal operations of the Club. I congratulate the RACT on this initiative and wish it well with the project.
June July 2009
June July 2008