Bendigo Community Health Services has jumped on board as a sponsor of the Heathcote Community Games.
The Games will officially open at 7pm on February 19 and continue through until February 28 with a host of activities including a history hunt, fun run, skateboard demonstrations, pool and parma night, sports clinics, Frisbee competitions, movies in the park, fun and games.
BCHS will offer free health and wellbeing advice in the Golden Oldies zone in the Senior Citizens Hall between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, February 27.
Visit our health station, grab an apple, learn more about bowel cancer prevention and detection and you could win a Champions IGA voucher!
To see the official Heathcote Community Games program click on the link below
Bendigo Community Health Services is celebrating the return of a bus stop outside the Helm Street site.
The Route 55 bus started stopping outside our 13 Helm Street site from Sunday.
The return of the bus stop means BCHS clients can catch bus 55 from the Bendigo Railway Station, Bendigo central business district, Golden Square, Kangaroo Flat or Lansell Square shopping centre to the front door of our Helm Street site.
Bus 55 runs a continuous circuit from the Bendigo railway station, Mitchell Street, View Street, Barnard Street, Chum Street, Specimen Hill Road, MacKenzie Street West, Symonds Street, Aspinall Street, Browning Street, Olympic Parade, Helm Street (BCHS stop), Waugh Street, Thomas Street, Wesley Street, Duke Street, Queen Street, Crusoe Road, Furness Street and High Street to Lansell Square.
Bendigo Community Health Services will present the Living Safer Sexual Lives: Respect Relationships program in 2016.
The program is designed to help people with a disability recognise the need for respect, fairness, safety and rights in a relationship.
The four two-hour sessions spread over four weeks are designed to get participants talking about knowing what is good and bad in a relationship, feelings, rights, respect, sexual health and learning who to talk to about relationship or sexual issues.
Each session involves activities to help people talk about the topics, a short video and presentations by educators and facilitators.
Participants receive an information booklet as part of the program.
New Bendigo Community Health Services project worker Sarah Tarquinio is taking up the fight against bowel cancer.
Sarah is building community engagement for phase two of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Project to increase bowel cancer screening and early detection in the City of Greater Bendigo and Loddon regions.
BCHS is running the Department of Health and Human Services funded project in partnership with Murray Primary Health Network and Bendigo Health.
“Bowel cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia but 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if found early,” Sarah said.
“Screening is essential for detecting bowel cancer early, and it is recommended that those aged between 50 and 74 are screened every two years.
“The National Bowel Cancer Screening Project is rolling out the provision of free bowel cancer screening to all eligible people. By 2020, those aged between 50 and 74 will be sent a free bowel screening kit every two years to complete in their own home. Only 36% of eligible Australians participated in the NBCSP in 2013-2014.”
BCHS will focus on community engagement and health education for people over the age of 50, with a focus on previously identified under-screened groups such as men, cultural groups, vulnerable communities and people with a disability.
“The project will also focus on provision of information and training for health and community professionals,” Sarah said.
Victoria’s chief health officer has issued a statewide heat health alert for Tuesday, January 19.
A heat health alert is issued when extreme heat conditions are forecast.
People are urged to consider a heat health action plan.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions occurring when the body’s temperature rises and the internal organs start to shut down. Symptoms of heat exhaustion range from muscle cramps, dizziness and nausea to vomiting and fainting.
The risk of heat stress is higher for young children as they sweat quicker than adults and are less likely to be able to tell you they are dehydrated.
There are simple things people can do to prevent their children from suffering dehydration, heat stress or worse.
Make sure they are drinking water rather than sport drinks or fruit juices and if you’re worried they might be dehydrated, ask them when they last went to the toilet. If it’s been a few hours then they’re not drinking enough. If it’s been over six hours then they are likely to be dehydrated.
Here is some general health information for extreme heat conditions.
A campaign by the Royal Society for Public Health in England to have ‘activity equivalent’ calorie labels placed on food and drink is gaining momentum.
The labels would explain how much activity is needed to ‘burn off’ the calories in the product.
RSPH chief executive Shirley Cramer CBE said nutritional information provided on food and drink packaging had improved but could work better to support the public in making healthy choices.
“Activity equivalent calorie labelling provides a simple means of making the calories contained within food and drink more relatable to people’s everyday lives, while also gently reminding consumers of the need to maintain active lifestyles and a healthy weight,” she said.
“Given the responsibility of the food industry in tackling the obesity epidemic we believe activity equivalent calorie labelling could provide the nudge many people need to be more active and support their customers to make healthier choices.”