NSW Health is encouraging people to set realistic New Year’s resolutions
and start 2020 with small, healthy lifestyle changes that are more likely to
Dr Chris Rissel, NSW Office of
Preventive Health Director said small steps are the key to making big lifestyle
changes that are more sustainable.
habits can be hard. People can have great intentions and then break their New
Year’s resolutions within just a few weeks because they have unrealistic
expectations about how quickly they can make significant changes,” Dr Rissel
life is more like a long walk than a short sprint. The NSW Get Healthy website and free
telephone coaching service is a great place to
start if you want to improve your health. It provides people with a
personal health coach for six months to
guide them to achieve their health goals.
Figures show more than 55 per cent of people over 16 living in NSW are
overweight or obese because of overeating and underexercising.
Dr Rissel said
exercise doesn’t need to be intense to be good for you and activities like
walking to the shops or bus/train stop, gardening or even housework can improve
“Walking is a
simple way to get active and reduce your risk of chronic disease. Moving your
body in any way is better than doing nothing, even chores like mopping the
floor or mowing the lawn all help to burn kilojoules – if temperatures aren’t
too high and there’s no smoke haze try to aim for 30 minutes a day on most days
of the week,” he said.
With about 60,200 hospitalisations and 6,850 deaths attributed to smoking
annually, NSW Health is also encouraging smokers to quit smoking on January 1.
“Within a day
of stopping smoking, the carbon monoxide level in a smoker’s blood has
decreased dramatically and in the first week their tastebuds come alive and
sense of smell improves,” said Dr Rissel.
Smokers looking for support to quit
can call the Quitline on 13 78 48 or visit icanquit.com.au.
In 2019-20 the NSW Government is investing over $36 million towards
reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity, and $17 million on tobacco
control including education campaigns, smoking cessation support, enforcement
of smoke-free laws and targeted programs for vulnerable groups.