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Unhealthy, fat smokers ... but we can turn it around!

We can shake our unhealthy status according to life coach Viki Thondley.
We can shake our unhealthy status according to life coach Viki Thondley. Lisa Williams

UPDATE: While we smoke more and exercise less than most Queensland regions, Toowoomba life coach Viki Thondley said it was not impossible to turn our health status around.

Ms Thondley, who owns Mind, Body and Food, said people who wanted to get healthier needed to start by making one or two changes to their lifestyles.

She said "health kicks" often failed because people attempted wholesale changes, which could become "overwhelming".

"The key is to write down what you want to change, look at the habits contributing to the way you are and then each week pinpoint one of those habits you can change," Ms Thondley said.

"Just focus on one change a week."

Ms Thondley said getting help from a life coach or dietician was a good place to start, but people needed to want to change for themselves.

"It's a good step to have a support system in place and guidance to get started," she said.

"But once they've got an idea of what they want to change and they're clear on their goals and different strategies to handle the stress, people need to be empowered to go it alone."

Toowoomba is ahead of the state average in terms of sun safety.

Just 6% of respondents had been sunburnt in the previous week compared with the Queensland average of 8%.

EARLIER: If live in the Toowoomba, chances are you smoke more, exercise less and are more likely to be overweight than compared to the average Queenslander.

That is according to the new Queensland Health report Self Reported Health Status 2011-2012.

It reveals that more than 63% of Toowoomba adults are overweight or obese, compared to the state average of 57.3%.

More than 15% of Toowoomba respondents reported they smoked daily, compared to the Queensland average of 14.4%.

In terms of exercise, 51.6% of Toowoomba adults reported they get sufficient physical activity. The state-wide average is 56.6%.

But Toowoomba adults drink less on a weekly basis than the average Queensland. More than 14% reported they drank every week, compared with the state average of 15.6%.

Topics:  alcohol health queensland health smoking



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