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Getting straight answers for a healthier lifestyle

Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t need to be complicated but the mixed messages and changing advice about what constitutes a healthy lifestyle have a lot of people confused – and fair enough!

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said this confusion hinders people making positive lifestyle changes and is something the Straight Answers campaign aims to address.

"If you've ever been confused by all the information out there about staying healthy, you're not alone," Dr Young said."

"Every day there's a new fad, celebrity diet or magazine article that contradicts information you thought you knew to be correct."

"The Healthier. Happier. Straight Answers campaign provides simple, straight forward answers to many of the conflicting messages around nutrition, physical activity and weight management."

"We know obesity is an epidemic in Queensland and we want to ensure Queenslanders are in the best position to make the right choices for long-term health and happiness."

Dr Young said extensive research has highlighted a number of barriers which hinder people from adopting healthier lifestyles.

"One key barrier to achieving a healthier lifestyle is poor knowledge of what healthy food and lifestyle habits are," she said.

"It's time to cut through the confusion and arm Queenslanders with the right information for a healthier, happier lifestyle."

The second phase of the Healthier. Happier. Straight Answers campaign launched on Sunday 16 April after a very successful first phase that ran April to July 2016.

The first phase found that two-thirds of Queensland adults who had seen the campaign thought it provided clear ideas to improve health and fitness, and half of all Queensland adults who saw the campaign reported they would reconsider their food and drink choices.

An interactive page on the Healthier. Happier. website allows users to sort fact from fiction with popular claims about diet, exercise, lifestyle and nutrition.

For the Straight Answers tools and guides, visit the Healthier. Happier campaign page.

Last updated: 18 April 2017