17 July 2012
Ounce of prevention update
Welcome to July â€“ Dry July for some people who are taking the plunge and going alcohol-free for the month. As they reach the mid-way point, we provide Stuart's success story of his 'Dry March', and a useful tool for monitoring alcohol intake once Dry July is over. We also look to the future to see what smokefree initiatives may be ahead, and Bek provides us with some tips for sitting less in the workplace.
Success story: Struggling through Dry July? Stuart provides inspiration
After enjoying a few too many beers during a long, hot Melbourne summer, Stuart was feeling sluggish, rundown and generally unhealthy. Then and there he decided it was time for a change.
Stuart shares his 'Dry March' experience with us
Behind the news: From Dry July to learning to 'Say When'
It may be pouring outside but many Australians are kicking off the new financial year dry style â€“ swilling non-alcohol beverages for the month of July.
But we know a lengthy dry spell is not always the drink de jour.
We take a look at a new online tool to help people assess their alcohol intake.
Advocacy: Smokefree outdoor areas â€“ a breath of fresh air
It seems many Victorians are sick of sitting in smoky, outdoor areas while eating at their favourite restaurant or enjoying a sneaky tipple at the pub at the end of the working day.
Cancer Council Victoria and Quit Victoria are currently lobbying the State Government for a change in legislation to include a state-wide ban on smoking in outdoor dining and drinking areas.
Find out more about this and other recommendations.
How to: Sit less at work
If you work in an office, then chances are you spend a fair amount of your day planted on a chair.
With the average office worker spending 75 percent of their day in a sedentary position, it's emerging as a serious public health and occupational health issue.
We provide some tips on how to sit less at work.