Families enjoy multicultural day

WSLHD Refugee Week event at Blacktown RSL . Left to right: Rajan Manickarajah (Systems Manager NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service), Michelle McNab (Westmead Hospital Dentist)

Families enjoyed the Make Healthy Normal Zone at this year’s Refugee Week event, which was on display at Blacktown RSL on Tuesday 20 June.

The Make Healthy Normal Zone showcased a range of  ways to offer community members more vibrant and healthy lifestyle choices.

Western Sydney Local Health District Senior Multicultural Health Promotion officer said the Zone encourages families from different cultural backgrounds to make small changes that will make a big difference to their health and wellbeing.

“What could be more appropriate than starting that challenge during Refugee Week, to make healthy normal for families and communities from different backgrounds,” she said.

“More than half of the adults in NSW are overweight or obese. We are living in an environment where we don’t eat enough fruit and vegies, we have too many sugary drinks and we’re not active enough. That’s having a massive impact on our health, wellbeing and quality of life.”

Make Healthy Normal is about challenging our current perception of “normal” and offering positive solutions on how to make small improvements to healthy eating and physical activity which can make a big difference to our overall health. Even a modest weight loss of two or three kilograms can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

“The small steps can make a big difference. Gradually increasing the number of healthy choices we make each day, such as adding more vegies to our meals, swapping sugary drinks for water, and being active every day can lead to significantly better health,” she said.

For more information about how to Make Healthy Normal, visit https://www.makehealthynormal.nsw.gov.au/

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