According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, information provided by the Heart Foundation showing three-quarters of local adults are overweight or obese and the rate of smoking is also well above the state average, 23 people/100 population, is an urgent wake up call to residents to go and have regular medical check ups and to consider a fitness program to address issues through the Liverpool Plains Recreation Centre (REC).
“Heart disease is the single biggest killer of both men and women, with more than 20,000 deaths attributed to heart disease in Australia per year. Obesity and tobacco smoking are two important risk factors for heart disease, which greatly increase the risk of heart attack.
“Yet, despite these statistics, awareness is the key and much can be done to reduce the burden of heart disease,” Councillor Hope said.
Ms Penny Milson, Heart Foundation Regional Health Promotion Coordinator for New England said heart disease is largely preventable by adopting a healthy lifestyle and paying attention to risk factors like physical inactivity, high blood pressure, smoking and high blood cholesterol. She said nine out of ten Australians have at least one risk factor for heart disease which they can modify to reduce their risk.
“The Heart Foundation is working to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and the importance of seeking medical assistance at the earliest possible time. Heart attack warning signs aren’t always what you think – symptoms are not necessarily sudden or severe and some people don’t experience chest pain at all. But if you experience them, it’s important to get help quickly,” Ms Milson added.
Councillor Hope said residents can find more information by calling the Heart Foundation Helpline on 1300 36 27 87 or by visiting www.heartfoundation.org.au.
“As Ms Milson points out, adopting a healthy lifestyle and paying attention to risk factors like physical inactivity are important aspects in addressing heart issues. I encourage people to call in to the REC Centre to discuss their personal requirements with its professional staff.
“The REC Centre provides both group fitness options as well as personal training. Activities can be tailored to an individual’s comfort level and ability,” Councillor Hope said.
“The REC Centre recently introduced Tai Chi courses and these have been well patronised. On July 17, a six week Yoga with Charlie Abra program will commence providing more options. Other programs include Sculpt and Lengthen and the Young at Heart sessions which has replaced Heart Moves,” he said.
“The REC Centre is open 6am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 8am to Midday on Saturdays. Call in, have a look at what is on offer and talk to the staff about programs that may suit your individual needs. They are there to help you feel better in yourself mentally and physically,” Councillor Hope concluded.