Stop making fatty deposits and save

LOOK at the person next to you - if they're not overweight, then chances are you probably are.

That's according to new figures from the North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) that show half of all North Coast adults are overweight or obese.

NCAHS nutrition and physical activity co-ordinator Jillian Adams said a waist measurement of greater than 94cm for men or 80cm for women is an indicator of internal fat deposits, which coat the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas.

“Unhealthy eating and not enough physical activity can easily lead to an increased risk of developing a chronic disease such as some cancers, heart disease and diabetes,” Ms Adams said. “But there are simple measures you can take to decrease your risk of chronic disease and other health problems associated with these fatty deposits.”

This week the health service has launched The Get Health Information and Coaching Service, a free, confidential telephone service that helps people make lifestyle changes for healthier eating, more physical activity and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Ms Adams said it's important that people have the opportunity to reach their full health potential, no matter their income or where they live.

“People using the service will receive up to 10 telephone-based coaching calls over six months to help them with healthy eating, being active and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight,” she said. “The coach will help with developing personal health goals, maintaining motivation and creating solutions for successful lifestyle changes.”

  • To access the service call 1300 806 258 or visit gethealthynsw.com.au.


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