Staying healthy

When you eat well and are regularly active, you can expect to enjoy numerous health benefits such as:

  • reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • reduced risk of developing high blood pressure
  • reduced blood pressure (in people who already have high blood pressure)
  • prevention of some cancers
  • reduced risk of becoming overweight
  • reduced risk of developing diabetes and prevention and treatment of non-insulin dependent diabetes - it has been estimated that 30 to 50% of new cases of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented by appropriate physical levels of activity
  • better bone and muscle development and prevention of osteoporosis
  • improved muscle flexibility, strength and endurance
  • reduced risk of dying prematurely
  • reduced risk of falling, and improved mobility and strength for older adults
  • improved quality of sleep.

You can improve your wellbeing by making some simple changes to your lifestyle, regardless of your age, ability or shape.

Check your health

Eat well

Be physically active

  • To maintain good health, adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days of the week.
  • In addition, muscle strengthening activities should be performed at least twice a week using major muscle groups that maintain or increase muscular strength and endurance.
  • To reduce risk of injury from falls, older adults should perform exercises that maintain or improve balance.
  • Find out more about physical activity recommendations for older Australians.
  • Age with vitality by following this everyday guide to healthy, active living.

Keep mentally active

Screening and health checks

Early diagnosis is important for preventing and treating diseases. Find out about common screening and health checks including sight, hearing, diabetes, blood pressure, bone density, cancer (including bowel and breast cancer) and sexual health checks.

From the age of 50, men and women are encouraged to screen for bowel cancer every 2 years, and Queensland Health provide free breast cancer screening for women over 50.

On 1 December 2017, the National Cervical Screening Program changed. Pap smears were replaced by a new Cervical Screening Test (CST). Visit the National Cervical Screening Program's website or call 13 15 56 for more information about the Cervical Screening Test and the National Cervical Screening Program.

The National Cervical Screening Program is supported by the National Cancer Screening Register website. The website has information about the register, how to manage your participation and check when you had your previous CST and when your next test is due. You can contact the National Cancer Screening Register on 1800 627 701.

Quit smoking

Quitting smoking is one of the most beneficial and important steps you can take to improve your health. It’s never too late to quit—the health benefits of quitting smoking start almost immediately.

Contact Quitline on 13QUIT (13 78 48), or consult your doctor for information and support to quit smoking.

Low risk drinking

Regular and heavy alcohol consumption can cause injury, ill health and premature death. Light to moderate alcohol consumption in older adults may lower the risk of several chronic conditions.

For some older adults, drinking alcohol increases the risk of falls and injuries, as well as other chronic conditions.

Older people are advised to consult their health professional about the most appropriate level of drinking for their health.

You can reduce the health risks associated with alcohol consumption by following the Alcohol Guidelines.

Men’s health

Men may be more susceptible to specific health issues as they age, such as the risk of prostate cancer. Get an annual health check-up and talk with your doctor about any health or emotional concerns you might have.

If you notice anything different about your body, or something just doesn’t feel right, be sure to talk to your doctor.

Read more about men’s health issues or talk to your doctor for more information.

Women’s health

On the Queensland Government's Health and Wellbeing website you can access information on all women’s health issues.

If you’re a woman living in a rural or remote area of Queensland, you may have access to the Mobile Women's Health Service. The service conducts health screens and provides information and support.

Health events

Read more about events to raise funds for and awareness of specific health issues, such as prostate and breast cancer and anxiety and depression.