Staying healthy

Leading a healthier life can help improve your quality of life and your chances of living longer.

There are simple steps you can take to make this happen:

Good physical health

Having a healthy weight will significantly lower your risk of developing a variety of serious diseases.

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a good way to check if you are a healthy weight for your height. Use the LiveLighter BMI calculator (external site) to work out if you are within a healthy range.

BMI is not a suitable everyone, including children or teenagers. If you are concerned about your child's weight you should talk to your family GP or paediatrician.

You can keep your weight in check by eating healthy foods and being active. Healthy eating is easy and if you are unsure about where to begin, our LiveLighter recipes are a great way to get started.

Good mental health

Throughout your life time having a healthy mind can help you lead a happy and healthy life.

However, everyday life is not always easy and can be stressful. Knowing how to recognise the signs of anxiety, depression or other mental health illnesses, and when to ask others for help.

Things you can do to help maintain good mental health are:

Seeking help can be a big decision but you do not need to feel alone. WA has large range of services that can help you across many different areas of mental health and wellbeing. Speak to your GP about the best options for you.

Where to get help

  • See your doctor.
  • Visit a GP after hours.
  • Ring healthdirect on 1800 022 222
  • Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL)
    Metro callers 1300 55 788
    Peel 1800 676 822
  • RuralLink
    Rural and remote areas 1800 552 002

Remember

  • Healthy lifestyle choices can help improve your physical and mental life.
  • Body Mass Index is a good way to check if you are a healthy weight for your height.

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

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