The Heart Foundation has used Heart Week to raise awareness in the community of the warning signs of a heart attack in past campaigns. This year, the focus is on the importance of activity and the negative impact of inactivity, with the aim of producing a Nationally coordinated physical activity strategy to tackle the issue as a major public health issue. It is estimated that 16,000 deaths a year in Australia can be attributed to physical inactivity . Two out of three Australians aged 15 years and above are either sedentary or have low exercise levels. Eight out of ten children do not meet the national physical activity guidelines.

The Heart Foundation website has many practical strategies and suggestions for making changes towards becoming more active, including a family activity tracker, ideas towards making change a reality, simple swaps, getting started, with practical tools towards making activity achievable and fun as an individual and family. ( Small and steady changes are sustainable in busy lives, no special equipment is required, just motivation.  There is also a new free app available from the Heart Foundation to help manage your health stats including cholesterol and blood pressure, manage medicines and learn about heart attack warning signs and what to do ( My heart my life )

The Sitting Less suggestions include:

  • Take and receive phone calls on your feet, at work go over to your colleague' s desks rather than send an email
  • Drink more water at work, it keeps you hydrated and going to the water cooler and toilet will break up sitting time
  • Ban yourself from the lift or elevator whenever possible
  • Stand up to watch your favourite TV program and finish the ironing at the same time
  • Head to the park with the kids after school, wear trainers or comfortable shoes so that you can join in and leave your phone and handbag at home ( take some healthy snacks) and avoid the temptation of buying junk food on the way home
  • Offer your seat on the bus or train, especially on shorter journeys

 Everyone is encouraged to host a standing up ( healthy) morning tea at work or with friends or organising a walk with friends and family during Heart Week

<- Back to: News