8 March 2012
Ounce of prevention update
Congratulations to anyone who has just completed FebFast! This month we look at drinking - how to recognise your triggers and some inspiring success stories. We also go macro with advocacy and lick the sugar-coating off a fat tax.
Is there a change in the air when it comes to Australian drinking culture? More people seem to be saying goodbye to booze than ever before.
This month Cristina, David and Creina share their stories.
Scientists from the University of California in San Francisco are calling for taxes on sugar. They argue that a number of studies show that sugar has a direct impact on public health, similar to tobacco and alcohol.
Too much sugar is not only a dentist's nightmare but eating excessive amounts of sugar as part of an overall unhealthy diet and inactive lifestyle, can lead to obesity and cancer.
Do you think a sugar tax has the potential to influence what you buy?
More than 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year, and this number is growing. This is why it's so important that governments and policy makers worldwide give cancer the support and attention it needs.
More people die of cancer than of AIDS/HIV, malaria and TB combined.
Find out what you can do to make a difference.
From celebrating with a champagne, drowning our sorrows with a red or calming our nerves with a neat whiskey, alcohol can become a crutch.
If you're trying to cut back, it's good to think about what triggers drive you to drink.