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Healthy living: general info and first steps

We can all benefit from making healthier choices about how active we are, how we eat and how we spend our free time. For some great resources see:


Even though we know how bad it is for us, once we are addicted to the nicotine in tobacco it can be very hard to quit. You may need to try a few different ways until you find the right way for you – it will be worth the effort!

Talk to your GP for support and to plan your strategy to quit. Your GP can discuss options including the use of medications which may be helpful. For more information and support:

Alcohol and drugs help

Around one in five Australian adults drink alcohol at a level considered to place them at risk of injury and health problems now or in the future. Reducing how much and how often you drink alcohol is an important part of a healthier life.

Alcohol and other drugs can be a bad mix with medications that have been prescribed for you by your GP or specialist. For more information and support:

Being physically active

Physical activity is anything that gets you moving, makes your breathing become quicker, and your heart beat faster. Whether you prefer to be active on your own, with friends or in a group, there are lots of choices within the City of Belmont area for all ages and levels of fitness and ability. Speak to your GP before beginning a new activity program, especially if you have existing health issues or are recovering from health issues.

The Healthy Communities Officer (ph 9477 7438) at the City of Belmont can help guide you to available options including walking groups, free exercise equipment located in local parks and fitness and lifestyle courses. For more information and support:

Eating well

They say “you are what you eat” – and it’s true! Maintaining a healthy weight, having the energy we need to get through the day and ensuring our bodies have everything we need to function all rely on eating well – the right foods, in the right amounts. General rules of eating for good health include :

  • eating less fat, sugar and salt
  • eating more fresh, seasonal foods and less packaged foods
  • eating a wide range of foods, including a “rainbow” of fruits and vegetables
  • plan for and eat regular meals

For some health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, and in the case of food sensitivities and allergies, there may be additional rules and guidelines that are recommended to you. Your GP or a dietitian can help you work out the best way for you to eat. For more information and support:

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