Knowing your waist measurement
Your risk of chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, is affected by your weight and also where your body fat is stored. People who carry fat around their waist (apple shaped) could be at increased risk of chronic disease.
One way of making sure that you eat the right balance of healthy foods is to use the plate model for guidance.
These four steps will help you serve up a healthy food plate:
Increasing the activity in your day
Being physically active and limiting your sedentary behaviour is essential for health and wellbeing. Research has shown that just 30 minutes of moderate activity a day has many health benefits including:
- a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease
- reduced stress and anxiety
- increased energy
- increased muscle strength
- weight control
Doing any physical activity is better than doing nonw. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
Healthy eating guidelines
Australians have access to a wide range of foods, but most of us need to choose foods and drinks more wisely to help protect our health.
The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating recommends that a healthy diet should include a wide variety of nutritious foods for sufficient intake of all nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. Foods to include are breads, pastas, lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables.