Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan Contributed

Have a healthy start to your new year

FOR Queenslanders and South Burnett residents wanting to set some important resolutions this New Year's, the Cancer Council might have some prompts for you.

According to Cancer Council CEO Chris McMillan, resolutions revolving around a healthy lifestyle are very important for reducing cancer risks, as well as improving general health and wellbeing.

"Last year, health and fitness topped the list for New Year's Resolutions, and it's great to see people are setting goals to improve their wellbeing,” she said.

"However, long-term change can be hard, and we know that not everyone actually achieves their resolutions.”

To be successful with your resolutions, Ms McMillan reminds the importance of setting attainable goals.

"Making too many changes too quickly or becoming discouraged after initial setbacks can cause people to throw in the towel and resume old unhealthy habits,” she said.

"Planning and setting realistic expectations are key. It's important that people start with small changes and develop a great support base of friends and family to encourage them to make long-term changes for their health.

"We want to keep all Queenslanders motivated to achieve their health goals, as at least one-third of all cancer cases are preventable with simple lifestyle changes, including limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, keeping active and being SunSmart.”

Some resolutions the Cancer Council suggests are to achieve a healthy weight, quit smoking, cut back on alcohol, have regular screening checks and get to know your body.

"Finding cancer early can increase the likelihood of successful treatment. Without fretting or worrying, make it another resolution to get to know the regular look and feel of your body, keep an eye out for unusual changes, and commit to seeing a GP if you notice any changes,” Ms McMillan said.