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Imagine if you could take simple steps today that could help you stay healthier for longer and prevent illness in the future. The great news is you can – and you don’t have to develop a taste for kale or kombucha to do so. It’s all about shifting your healthcare approach from exclusively focusing on treating illnesses to also encompassing preventative care.

“There’s been some great evidence-based development in preventative healthcare for more than 20 years now,” says Dr Nancy Huang, Australian Unity’s Chief Medical Adviser for Independent and Assisted Living. She should know. In her 35-year career, Nancy has researched and implemented programs relating to preventative healthcare for governments, not-for-profits and universities.

Here’s just one example of a preventative action you can commit to this week that has huge returns: “Being moderately active – so that could be 30 minutes of fast-paced walking, five times a week – can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by 50%. There’s no other drug, test or intervention we know of that can actually reduce the risk like that,” says Nancy.

“Regular physical activity is one of the best actions we can take as a preventative measure, but it has to be ongoing,” Nancy emphasises. “You can’t join a gym for three months and then do nothing for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, it’s not like a bank account. You can’t deposit a lot and then spend it up later!”

Especially when the notion of  ‘later’ can cover quite a lot of time. According to the latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare statistics, men in their mid-60s can expect to live another 19.9 years, while women of the same age can expect to live another 22.6 years. On the whole, Australians are living longer than ever before, which makes preventative care even more important.

Are you ready to take control of the future of your health – and, as a result, your overall wellbeing? Our experts show you how.

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