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Is our nation healthy or unhealthy

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To answer this complicated question, we need to look at both sides of the story.

On the positive side, the life expectancy of most Australians continues to be among the highest in the world. At the same time, rates of death due to our major health problems including cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and injuries are falling.1

On the flip side, there are still many areas that we, as a nation, need to improve on. Our unhealthy habits and lifestyle choices contribute to over 30% of the health burden in Australia today.1 A shocking 61% of adults and 25% of children are clinically overweight or obese.1 Obesity is a known risk factor for a number of chronic conditions, so it may come as no surprise that the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes and dementia in Australia are on the rise.1 Meanwhile, the health challenges facing many indigenous Australians remains unresolved.

With all this in mind, Bupa is committed to helping our community stay healthy and active, and supporting them when they’re unwell. To do this, Bupa has introduced a range of services and programs, including:

  • telephone health coaching services to support people living with long-term health conditions, as well as those recovering from heart attack or stroke
  • self-management guides to help members with conditions such as arthritis, depression, heart disease, diabetes and others to achieve better health outcomes
  • health risk assessments and corporate health plans for a healthy and productive workforce
  • a Parent and Baby Wellbeing Program to support new parents
  • events such as Bupa Challenge Tour and Weetbix Kids TRY-athalon to support and encourage people of all ages to enjoy physical activity and make positive lifestyle choices.

Bupa is also committed to making a difference to the health of our community through its partnerships with innovative health and research organisations to support medical research, community initiatives and health education programs across Australia.

1Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Australia’s Health 2010.