The new Federal Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, is encouraging Australians to take advantage of a FREE Online 12-Week Planner and make changes to their lifestyle in 2012. The Online 12-Week Planner is part of the Australian Government’s “Swap It, Don’t Stop It” campaign, which provides suggestions on how you can make small changes to your diet and lifestyle to help you lose weight and be healthy.
The 12-week planner allows people to set short and long-term goals about what they want to achieve and then plan their meals and physical activity accordingly.
“Many of us enjoy our Christmas break a little too much when it comes to what we eat and drink, while not getting as much exercise as we intend,” Ms Plibersek said.
“But we can make good on those New Year’s resolutions by making small changes to our diet and lifestyle, that can make a big difference to our health over a period of time.”
According to the 2007-08 National Health Survey, 68% of adult men and 55% of adult women are overweight or obese. If weight gain continues at current levels, by 2020, 80% of all Australian adults and a third of all children will be overweight or obese.
The new 12-week interactive planner was first launched in November 2011 and is now available on the Swap It website – australia.gov.au/swapit. The planner can be downloaded or used interactively online.
The Swap It iPhone application is also available on the website as a free download. The Swap It app offers the ability to track personal progress over a 12 week period and earn badges when reaching milestones as a ‘swapper’. There is also an ingredient planner to help people choose healthier food alternatives, and a shopping list feature.
The Swap It website makes suggestions such as swapping fried food for fresh food, swapping fizzy drinks for water, riding your bike instead of driving the car and even walking to deliver a message rather than sending an email.
Swap It, Don’t Stop It is the second phase of the Government’s anti-obesity campaign Measure Up. The Commonwealth is providing funding of $41 million to 2013 for the campaign.