In time society has faced difficulty in avoiding weight gain, time and time again diets, exercise programs, and medicinal approaches have often failed with consistent weight loss. With the increasing health issues in Australia on the rise the government has stepped in and incorporated many incentives to promote health and general well being to all Australians. The Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon, launched the National Preventative Health Strategy, Australia: The Healthiest Country by 2020, on 1 September 2009. The Strategy recommends a range of interventions aimed at reducing the chronic disease burden associated with three lifestyle risk factors – obesity, tobacco and alcohol. 'Swap It Don't Stop It' is a new phase of the Measure Up campaign. The campaign is focused on promoting the small, everyday changes you can make to get you on your way to a healthier lifestyle without losing all the things you love. The great thing is, you don't have to stop it, just swap it. Swap inside for outside or a big meal for a small meal for instance - these small changes can add up and make all the difference. Plus, the best thing is, you can make them as you go about your everyday life - at work, at home or even while out shopping. An example of a few of the “swap it don’t stop it” changes include: * Take the bike for short trips instead of the car
* Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way * Walk and deliver a message rather than email
* Park the car further away and enjoy a short walk
* Swap fried food for fresh
* Swap fizzy drink for water
* Swap take-away for home-made
* Eat less ‘sometimes’ food
With these approaches the government has worked towards the improvement of health and general well being of all Australians. Fitness First can collaborate with the government but using Fitness First gyms in conjunction with the “swap it don’t stop it” campaign. In doing...