SNAP! How to play your cards right for good health

Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical Activity or your SNAP lifestyle risk factors reveal a lot about your health and risk of developing diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Read on to see how you can improve your health game by simply shuffling some of your cards.

Smoking

The majority of those who have quit smoking for life weren't succesful after their first attempt1. Your GP can provide you with individualised advice and recommend products that could help you to put down your cigarette deck for good.

Nutrition

Put your best cards forward against chronic disease by including different types of fibre in your diet. Starting the day with a high-fibre breakfast such as porridge, swapping your occasional snack of potato crisps for air-popped popcorn and including two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables everyday will help you to hit the reccomended intake of 25 grams of fibre for women and 30 grams for men per day.

Alcohol

Did you know that the Australian Government's Alcohol Guidelines mean that you may have exceeded the recommendations after just two rounds? Drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day will reduce your risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury over a lifetime. Be drink wise; one schooner of full-strength beer contains 1.6 standard drinks and one restaurant serve of white wine contains 1.4 standard drinks.

Physical activity

Make your move towards good health by including 30-60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity five days a week. Know the deal; moderate intensity means that your heart rate has increased and you’ve broken a sweat but you’re unable to sing the words to a song.

To find out more about how you can change your SNAP risk factors talk to your GP today. Based on your health needs they will identify potential health allies such as dietitians and exercise physiologists as well as lifestyle modification programs including the Get Healthy service.

References

1 www.quitnow.gov.au/internet/quitnow/publishing.nsf/Content/benefits-of-quitting
Call Quitline on 13 78 48 to talk about quitting today.