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Parents challenged to set a healthier example 

Almost one in five Australian parents admit they are not a healthy role model for their children and more than half (51%) have been told off by their children for doing something unhealthy, according to new research.*

The findings coincide with the launch of Healthy Harold’s Family Challenge. An initiative of Life Education, Australia’s largest school-based health education provider, in partnership with Bupa, the Challenge encourages families to dedicate just one week to healthy living.

Tasks over the seven days include promoting nutrition, exercise, family time and general wellbeing.

Nicole Livingstone, triple Olympian and mother of three, is excited to be joining the Challenge with her family:
“We’re all guilty of taking not-so-healthy short cuts. The Challenge is a great way to start family conversations, and a useful tool for turning good intentions into positive actions.”

*Pure Profile conducted an online survey of 500 parents commissioned by Bupa and Life Education during 2011.

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Disease management is everyone's business 

For the past four years, Bupa has had a strategic health partnership with the Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) and has been the proud Principal Partner of its National Conference, which was recently held in Canberra. One of the program highlights was a session focusing on the role of private health insurers in chronic disease management.

Chaired by Bupa Medical Advisory Panel member, Professor Ron Penny AO, the session featured speakers from four major private health insurers including Bupa’s Director of Clinical Advisory, Dr Stan Goldstein.

With as much as 50 per cent of Australia’s health burden attributed to poor health and lifestyle choices, Bupa is committed to supporting our members to make better informed decisions about their health and care, explained Dr Goldstein.

“As health insurers we are perhaps in a unique position to help positively influence the health of millions of Australians as we have long-standing relationships with our members throughout their life and health journey with multiple touch points with them and the health system,” Dr Goldstein said.