We are living in an environment where being unhealthy has become normal. Over half of adults and more than one in five children in NSW are overweight or obese, increasing their risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and type 2 diabetes later in life.
The good news? It's never too late to make a change for yourself or your family. Small changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference. We need to change normal. We need to make healthy normal.
Make Healthy Normal is about making lifestyle changes that can make a big difference to your health. By simply keeping an eye on what you eat and doing a little more exercise, you’ll have more energy, look and feel better and reduce your risk of chronic diseases. Want to make healthy changes? Small steps are our mantra, so take the quiz and join the 10 Week Make Healthy Normal Challenge! Set and monitor your own healthy activities and goals in your very own Make Healthy Normal account, and receive weekly emails packed with info and tips to keep you motivated.
Make Healthy Normal is about adding a few extra activities to your daily routine to increase the amount of time spent moving! It’s not about becoming a gym junkie, it's about adding incidental activities and making small changes to your day, moving more and decreasing the amount of time you spend sitting. Be creative! Leave your desk for lunch, have a 'walk and talk' meeting, or get up and move during TV commercial breaks. If you can move around while you read this, you’ve already made a start!
The choices you make every day truly make a difference. By choosing smaller portions, including more fruit and vegetables in your meals and drinking water instead of sugary drinks, you’ll notice a change in your health. Find simple ways to up your daily fruit and vegetables and be mindful of how much you eat; if you eat and drink more than your body needs, the extra kilojoules may end up as extra weight.
NSW Health runs a range of free initiatives to help you make healthy normal and tackle overweight and obesity. Find digital tools, information and free programs near you.