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  • Writer's pictureCaterina Sullivan

What Does It Mean to Be #HealthyNotHungry?

Updated: Nov 4, 2018

Our lives are governed by our health.

But our health is also governed by our lives.

We control what we put into our bodies. And that controls our energy levels, productivity and our general mental and physical well-being.

This year, we are focusing on a theme of “Healthy Not Hungry”.

But what does that actually mean?

Let’s start by looking at the five different levels on which we view health:

  • Physical

  • Mental

  • Intellectual

  • Social

  • Spiritual

The main one we think of when we hear the word health is the physical aspect. Diet, exercise, health checks, etc.. These aspects of physical health are crucial to our own sustainability as well as the planet’s sustainability, and they address many of the targets across Goal 2 and Goal 3. This year, we will be delving into physical health and nutrition, calling on experts from across Australia and giving you a chance to take action to improve your own health and make your own contribution towards Goals 2 and 3. We will also look at the food production process – from farm to table – and understand what sustainable agricultural practices could do for our economy, population and environment across the country. We will explore the interlinkages between quality production of food and how that positively impacts our health.

Target 3.4 of the goals touches on the importance of mental health, another of our five types of health. To achieve this target, we need to also look at our intellectual, spiritual and social health. Are we finding time to read and continue to learn? Are we finding time to switch off our phones and enjoy our own person, the natural environment, just being itself? Are we making time for our family and friends?

The more we can do in our own lives to improve our health, the less pressure we put on the public health system, which means we can invest taxpayer dollars and government resources in projects which can help achieve other goals and targets! It’s a win-win-win all round!

There are many ways you can get involved with our theme this year!

  1. Share your stories. So many Australians have incredibly inspiring stories about how they have taken control of their health and seen the amazing benefits. Share your story with us, so we can share it with others!

  2. Join a gym or fitness group. The benefits of exercise are fantastically extensive. Consult with your physician; join a gym and see for yourself what benefits regular exercise brings!

  3. Start eating healthy. Healthy eating and good nutrition is the key to a healthy life. Ditch the take-out and start discovering fun and simple recipes to ensure your body is receiving the right nutrients. Share your food pics with us on social media to show us how you’re living healthy not hungry!

  4. Demand action from political and business leaders! 2017 is our year of action. Write to your local political representatives or some of Australia’s business leaders and ask them to join us in taking action. Remember; we want to work WITH people – not against them – so tone your writing accordingly.

The most important thing you can do for our Healthy Not Hungry theme this year is make your own commitment to being healthy not hungry, share on social media, tag us in and spread the word. Remember that the Global Goals will only be achieved if we TELL EVERYONE.

This article was originally published on the Global Goals Australia Campaign website.

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