The major theme of this year’s Veterans’ Health Week (14 to 20 October) is the improvement of health and wellbeing through increased levels of physical activity.
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Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Michael Ronaldson said the week was a great time for veterans to start making plans to incorporate more exercise into their day.
“Even a small step, like taking your children or grandchildren for a walk with the family pet, can make a big difference,” Senator Ronaldson said.
“According to the Australian Government Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults, all it takes is 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on most days to enhance health and help prevent conditions such as heart disease and Type II diabetes, while building and maintaining healthy bones and muscles and promoting psychological wellbeing.”
The theme of Veterans’ Health Week is Physical Activity - Fitness, Strength, Flexibility and Balance. Activities during the week will encourage the enjoyment of fitness through exercise and good nutrition; mental strength; activities that help prevent illness and injury; the development of flexibility in daily routines and the maintenance of the right balance of exercise, nutrition and rest.
Veterans and community groups around the country will partner with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to host a range of events including surfing, gardening lessons, group challenges, family fishing and fun days, bowls competitions and a health and wellbeing expo.
Senator Ronaldson said that while strenuous physical activities were not suitable for all, there was a wide variety of sports and hobbies suited to all different ability levels.
“Even the smallest amount of exercise can help improve your health,” Senator Ronaldson said.
To find out more about Veterans’ Health Week activities visit: www.dva.gov.au/vhw.htm
Edition 383, 15 October 2013