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Media Releases

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National Pain Week 2020 – The effect of exercise on managing constant pain

With one in five Australians living with pain and facing a daily struggle to manage their condition, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is today encouraging more Australians to explore the use of prescribed movement by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist to help manage pain and support a better quality of life.

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Exercise for type 2 diabetes – Supporting mental and physical health

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in Australia. Around 1.7 million people live with this condition, and 85–90 per cent of cases are type 2. This National Diabetes Week, Exercise Right is highlighting the fact that exercise can be used as medicine to both prevent and manage type 2 diabetes.

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Movement is Medicine for Men’s Mental Health

It’s Men’s Health Week, and Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is once again highlighting the importance of exercise and physical activity for men’s mental health. Currently in Australia, one in eight men will experience depression, one in five will experience anxiety and six men a day will die by suicide.

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Reminding Aussies that Movement is Medicine this Exercise Right Week

“Each year, Exercise Right Week seeks to remind Australians about the benefits of exercise and physical activity, and the importance of seeking out the right professional for individualised advice,” says ESSA CEO, Anita Hobson-Powell. “This year’s theme is ‘Movement is Medicine’, and with many people facing additional barriers to staying active due to COVID-19, we feel this message has never been more important.”

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Referrals to exercise physiologists should be a priority for Australian GPs

The evidence is clear – exercise is medicine for the prevention and management of chronic conditions. Research has shown that a person’s physical activity level is one of the best predictors of health, and yet, many GPs aren’t asking their patients how much they move, much less prescribing exercise.

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ESSA launches new Exercise & Cancer eBook

Every four minutes an Australian is diagnosed with cancer, and an extensive and growing body of scientific research has established exercise as a particularly potent medicine for the management of cancer.

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Why employers should incorporate physical activity to improve workplace mental health

Workplace mental health is continuously in the spotlight, and this World Mental Health Day, Exercise Right is urging employers to consider the value of exercise and physical activity to boost workplace mental health.

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Exercise is ‘Powerful Stuff’ for Women’s Health

Physical activity is vital for keeping Australian women happy, healthy and strong. This year’s Women’s Health Week theme is “Women’s Health, Powerful Stuff”, and Exercise Right wants to remind Australian women that exercise is powerful stuff for their physical and mental health.

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Exercise Right for type 2 diabetes – Movement is medicine!

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in Australia. Around 1.7 million people live with this condition, and 85–90 per cent of cases are type 2. This National Diabetes Week, Exercise Right is highlighting the fact that exercise can be used as medicine to both prevent and manage type 2 diabetes.

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Highlighting the importance of exercise this Men’s Health Week

The lifestyles men lead can influence how healthy they are in the short and long term. In fact, 70% of a man’s overall health is controlled by his lifestyle choices, as opposed to genetics. Men have a lower life expectancy than women, with Australian men expected to live 79 years on average, compared to 84 years for women.

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Exercise Right Week 2019: the importance of active ageing

Keeping active is vital as we age, and this week, Exercise Right is championing this statement. Exercise provides a wide range of benefits. With 7 in 10 older Aussies overweight or obese, and 1 in 5 over 65s experiencing disabilities that severely limits their activity, exercise not only helps to manage weight, but it improves mobility and independence.

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Inspiring Australians to Move More, Age Better

“We want to not only encourage Australians to be more active, but to help people understand where to find the right advice when it comes to exercise,” says ESSA CEO, Anita Hobson-Powell.

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Exercise Right for Kids – Helping all Aussie kids get active!

Exercise plays a significant role in our children’s health and development. It provides a wide range of physical and mental health benefits for kids of all ages, and can also help to reduce the risk of chronic conditions later in their lives.

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Exercising right for women’s health: The latest free eBook from Exercise & Sports Science Australia

There are currently over 12 million women living in Australia, making up over 50% of the total population. With the growing research discussing the benefits of exercise on our physical and mental health, it’s important that women can easily access factual information on how to exercise right for health conditions that they may encounter in their lifetime.

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Exercise to prevent cancer this World Cancer Day

9.6 million people die from cancer every year, making it the second leading cause of death worldwide. In Australia, 1 in 3 men, and 1 in 4 women, will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 75, with 138,321 people diagnosed in 2018.

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Why you shouldn’t give up on your resolution to get active!

Losing weight and exercising regularly are among the most common New Year’s resolutions, and so they should be! As a nation, we’re becoming more overweight and less active, and it’s seriously impacting our health.

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Exercise Right for Doctors – Encouraging GPs to recognise exercise as medicine

The message is simple. Exercise is the best, cheapest and most accessible medicine available, and to improve chronic disease mortality rates, people need to move more. With almost half (44.5%) of Australian adults deemed insufficiently active, it’s clear this simple message is getting lost.

Movement is key for men’s health this Movember

November brings with it the return of the moustache! “Movember” sees Australians band together to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and mental illness. The sad reality is that Australian men have a life expectancy of approximately four years less than their female counterparts, and have a higher mortality rate from most leading causes of death.

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You don’t need a gym membership to be active!

According to new research, Aussies are wasting a shocking $1.8billion per year on gym memberships that they don’t use. A recent survey by Finder found 30% of Australians have a gym membership, but only half are using it regularly, leaving almost 1.5 million of us paying for memberships used less than once a week.

Encourage the men in your life to move this Men’s Health Week

June 11 – 17 marks ‘Men’s Health Week’ – a week for communities across Australia to promote the benefits of a healthy body and healthy mind in men and boys – and Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is encouraging Australians to inspire the men in their lives to move more.

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Keep your heart healthy with physical activity this Heart Week

Considering Heart Week this week, 29th April – 6th May, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is encouraging all Australians to increase their regular physical activity to reduce the prevalence and risk factors for heart disease.

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Engage an exercise expert to make your health a priority this World Health Day

The World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrates the 70th anniversary of World Health Day on the 7th April, and Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) wants to remind Australians of the benefits that exercise can have to their health.

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Be aware of the Risks of Physical Inactivity this month and take steps to move more!

Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, causing an estimated 6% of deaths globally, and Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is continuing to raise awareness of the risks that being physically inactive have on a person’s health.