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Journeys : Apr May 2012
Social media has transformed the way we interact with businesses – and with each other. News travels faster than it ever has, and people across all age groups are using Twitter, Facebook and other more recent social communities like Instagram and Pinterest to share their favourite things with other people online, or make their opinions known on a wide range of topics, almost instantly. And Tasmanians are not shy about it, either Research last year by Tasmanian social media experts Font PR revealed that more than half of Tasmanians surveyed across the three major regions are using at least one type of social media. According to the Font Public Relations Social Media Index 2011, the top four key reasons Tasmanians use social media are to stay connected with friends and family (75%); share videos, pictures and other files (39%); keep up-to-date with current affairs or topics of interest (36%); and instant messaging or broadcasting current status came in equal fourth with organising social life (both at 30%). RACT is a growing part of the social media mix in Tasmania, too R ACT is using its social media channels to provide information about news and issues that are of interest or concern to Tasmanians; as well as an oppor tunity for our members themselves to join in the conversations and share, post, retweet and interact. And because our social media accounts are monitored by our local Tasmanian staff (not robots or offshore processing centres) it’s a great way to get a message through to R ACT. We’re listening – so you can expect some two-way interaction! So – join the conversations w ith RACT in the social media world. If you already have a Facebook account, just search for our R ACT page and click ‘Like’ to receive R ACT updates in your newsfeed. If you have a Twitter account, you can follow @RACTOfficial and @R ACTFuelWatch. Or you can subscribe to our YouTube channel. Get more of the local social media view here w ww.fontpr.com.au/ font_social Thinking about takeaways tonight? A nationwide study by Menzies Research Institute Tasmania has found that women who eat takeaway food at least twice a week are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who eat takeaway food once a week or less. The study found a similar pattern for men but the effect was weaker. Menzies’ Dr Kylie Smith says the study demonstrates the importance of a healthy diet and limiting takeaway food. “ We suggest people limit the amount of takeaway food that they eat to once a week or less or choose healthier options,” Dr Smith said. “Takeaway food tends to be high in kilojoules, saturated fat and salt and low in other nutrients. However, takeaway foods that include lots of vegetables, fruit, wholegrain breads and cereals and moderate amounts of lean meat are good options.” The good news is that by maintaining a healthy body weight, or losing weight and keeping it off, you can help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. More: w ww.diabetes.com.au New name for youth road safety organisation T here has been a long-established partnership between Rotar y and RYDA Australia, providing the award-winning road safety education program – Rotary Youth Driver Awareness. Thousands of Tasmanian students have gained benefit from the one-day experience, which is delivered at venues across Tasmania. R ACT is a keen supporter of this important and effective initiative. The RYDA Program will continue to be delivered to our students and co-ordinated by local Rotar y Clubs. However, RYDA Australia is now rebranded as Road Safety Education Limited. Speaking at the launch of the new name, Road Safety Education Limited CEO Terry Birss said that the name change better ref lects the mission of the organisation in helping reduce youth road trauma. “Road Safety Education Limited, in association with our community par tner Rotar y, w ill continue to provide our core road safety education initiative to young people. Across Australia more than 40,000 students now attend the RYDA program annually and we w ill soon celebrate attendance from our 250,000th student,” Mr Birss said. “ Research shows that communities are seeking consistent sequential road safety education in schools, not just a one-day program. To meet this need, our company is developing a suite of programs consistent with the principles of the national Health Promoting Schools framework,” he says. “This will result in better educational outcomes for students as we work together to build a road-safe community.” With support from the Tasmanian Department of Education, Road Safety Education Limited w ill develop new programs from Years 10-12, including a parents’ program. For more infor mation, go to w w w.rse.org.au Calling all past and present Naval, Army and Air Force Reserves Your partner is eligible for a unique Reserve Forces Partner medallion. All you need to do is register at http://www.rfd.org. au/site/register_ser vice.asp Awards will be issued on 1 July 2012 at the Reserve Forces Day in Tasmania, where we encourage all past and present reser vists to join in celebrating this special day. Further information from Peter Bignold via email email@example.com In our community April / May 2012 7
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