Healthy eating and active living
With the shorter days and colder weather there is a tendency to stay indoors where it is warm, becoming less active and eating more high fat foods.
For healthy living this winter, make sure you:
- choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks that meet your energy needs
- enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five major food groups and aim to include 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetable in your diet each day
- limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol
- keep hydrated - drink plenty of water
- be active every day in as many ways you can
- reduce sitting time in front of the television or computer
- include physical exercise in your daily routine.
NSW Health’s Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service® provides information, advice and support on healthy eating, being physically active, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service® is a free service which can support you to eat healthier and achieve a healthy lifestyle. To talk to a Get Healthy Service Health Coach call 1300 806 258 or visit gethealthynsw.com.au for more information.
Any time of year is the right time of year to quit smoking. Smoking causes around 5,200 deaths and 44,000 hospitalisations in NSW per year. Quitting smoking will significantly improve your health and reduce your risk of disease and premature death.
More than half of all smokers intend to quit smoking within the next six months and over 80% of smokers have tried at some time in the past to quit smoking. If you’re thinking of quitting smoking call the Quitline on 13 7848 (13 QUIT) or access the Quitline via http://www.icanquit.com.au/. The Quitline is a confidential telephone information and advice service, available throughout Australia. For the cost of a local call (except mobiles), professional telephone advisors provide encouragement and support to help smokers quit. They are able to assist smokers at whatever stage they may be at in the quitting process.
Cover your cough
When coughing or sneezing, use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth, make sure you dispose of the tissue afterwards in the nearest waste receptacle; and wash your hands.
See the Cough Etiquette Guide.
Wash your hands
Hand washing is the single most effective way to reduce the spread of germs that cause respiratory disease such as colds and flu. After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, wash your hands with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand cleansers as an effective alternative if you do not have access to soap and water.
See the Hand Washing Guide.