Families around the country are being encouraged to assess their health and lifestyle this week as part of a new initiative.
Australia's Healthy Weight Week looks to raise awareness about the importance of achieving and maintaining a suitable weight and active lifestyle.
The national event is run by the Dietitians Association of Australia and concludes on January 29.
Events on offer include weight loss presentations, health quizzes, free Zumba and pilates classes and a number of healthy cooking demonstrations and tastings – as well as the commencement of a ten-week weight loss challenge.
Also supporting the event is AUSVEG – the national peak body for vegetable growers – and the group's communications officer Luke Raggatt believes that the week is a great opportunity for Australians to consider adopting healthier lifestyle practices.
"Including more fresh fruit and vegetables in our diet can not only assist with weight loss, but may even reduce the chance of having a stroke or acquiring heart disease later in life," he said today (January 23).
Those looking to achieve a healthy lifestyle in the long term may benefit from having a private health insurance policy which may offer access to weight loss and management services as part of their cover.