Public Health Week 8-12 April 2019
Public Health Week is being held from 8-12 April 2019. The theme for this year's Public Health Week, the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, encourages us all to take easy, attainable steps to improve our health and wellbeing.
Each day of Public Health Week 2019 has a different focus drawn from the 5 Ways to Wellbeing key messages:
Connect ◦ Be Active ◦ Take Notice ◦ Keep Learning ◦ Give
With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school, or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Developing close relationships and socialising with friends, family and others, is important for good health and wellbeing. Broadening your social networks and range of relationships with others in the wider community, is also important for your wellbeing. Regular participation in community activities is great for physical and mental wellbeing. Being an active part of the community can include involvement in a social or community group, sport or physical recreation group or attendance at events or programs.
Survey results show that social participation is the most significant difference you can make towards high levels of wellbeing.
To learn more about the importance of community connections in managing issues of hoarding and squalor click here.
Go for a walk or a run. Step Outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level or mobility and fitness.
Being active is important for good health at all ages and life stages to help keep your mind and body working well. Being active doesn’t need to be hard or costly, and can be very enjoyable. Being active can improve your moods and increase self-confidence, keep you at a healthier weight, increase your muscle mass, increase your brain cells, and prevent or delay the onset of many illnesses.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
We tend to place great importance on making sure children and young people develop skills, knowledge and experience to help them on their journey into adulthood. But research shows it’s just as important for people of all ages and life stages to keep learning for happiness, health and wellbeing.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experience will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Being in a state of mindfulness predicts positive mental states, and heightened self-knowledge – it helps us to enjoy the world more and better understand ourselves.
Lives can be busy, yet we all have a ‘pause’ button. Try taking a breath or a break to rest and sit quietly, perhaps in a busy place, noticing the interactions between people, maybe outdoors, listening to the sounds of nature, or taking a break from work.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, as linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Most people would agree that helping others is a good thing to do in itself. But research shows it can also improve your wellbeing.
For information about Public Health Week events visit the SA Health website
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