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"Actions needed to address Australia's health priorities"

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Student: Phillip butcher Teacher: Mr Kovacs Year 12 PDHPE Assessment #2 part 1 "Actions needed to address Australia's health priorities" The overall aim of the CVD health promotion strategy within australia was to extend and improve health promotion practice amongst participating organisations. And it was achieved through the collaboration around health promotion training and planning, and the complementary strategies addressing Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) were developed across all seven states. [Preventing cardiovascular disease A number of important CVD risk factors have been identified. These include Socio environmental risk factors (such as poor material circumstances) (Raphael 2003), psychosocial risk factors (such as depression and lack of social support) (Bunker et al. 2003), behavioural risk factors (such as smoking, physical inactivity and dietary fat intake) (AIHW 2001) and physiological risk factors (such as high cholesterol, hypertension and obesity)(AIHW 2001). A recent evidence based review by the Joint World Health Organisation/Food and Agriculture Organisation Expert Consultation on Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Disease concluded that dietary risk factors for CVD include a high intake of saturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids, sodium, and alcohol (in excess). Protective dietary components include fish and fish oils, potassium, fruits and vegetables, low to moderate alcohol intake, and dietary fibre and wholegrain cereals (World Health Organisation 2003). ...read more.

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This aims to reduce the numbers of obese children and decrease the likelihood of children developing bad eating habits and in turn Cardiovascular disease. Eat Well NSW: The aim of Eat Well NSW is to provide better health for all people in NSW through effective and focused public health action to promote healthy eating and good nutrition. This aims to create healthier lifestyles for individuals and reduce the rate of obesity and cardiovascular disease in Australia. The public health nutrition priorities identified for action in NSW in 2003-2007 are: - promoting healthy weight - promoting increased consumption of vegetables - and fruit - promoting breastfeeding - achieving improved food security - Achieving effective and sustainable action in public health nutrition. Strengthening community action o Free cholesterol and blood pressure check ups at local shopping centers and in workplaces o Jump rope for heat to raise funds for CVD research and activities o Community exercise groups o Collaboration between schools, health services and parents. Heart Support Australia- http://www.heartnet.org.au : Provides, in collaboration with medical practitioners, allied health professionals and community organizations, support, education and an organized approach to enhance the quality of life for Australian families affected by Cardiovascular disease and heart conditions. ...read more.

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Healthy School Communities: As part of the Australian Government's Building a Healthy, Active Australia, grants are available to fun programs to help schools, families and children put into practice messages about healthy eating. This education will include the importance of Good nutrition and its contribution to good health and academic achievement. A healthy diet and physical activity are essential to maintaining a healthy body weight for children and reducing the chances of developing heart disease and diabetes later in life. Eat Smart, Play Smart: The Heart Foundation have created this initiative to encourage the development of healthy eating and physical activity habits in children and to reinforce these habits in adolescents. It aims to stop children from adopting behaviors and risk factors that may lead to heart disease such obesity, physically inactivity and high blood cholesterol. Active Australia: Active Australia is a collaborative strategy between government departments and the private sector in relation to physical activity. Its main function is to provide a national participation framework for all sport, recreation and everyday physical activities across Australia. Active Australia aims to encourage people of all ages, gender, skill levels and ability to participate in physical activity. This will help to reduce the number of inactive Australians and subsequently reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. ...read more.

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