Hervey Bay Independent : 23rd October 2014
Checking on our veterans The positive response to a survey conducted at Hervey Bay’s fi rst Veterans Health Check marked the beginning of a project to establish a dropin centre for veterans and exservice personnel and their families. Initiated by veteran Lyndon Anderson, the market survey gauged interest from the community and the feedback was positive. “We want to start a drop-in centre for ex-servicemen and women and veterans,” Lyndon said. “A place where we can hold morning teas, barbecues and activities to encourage those who have returned from service to get out and enjoy life.” Lyndon said it was common for defence personnel to run into problems with health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder after leaving the force. “A drop-in centre will provide somewhere for them to go and talk with people coping with similar problems,” he said. “The survey has found that yes, this community wants and needs this.” Among the providers at the Veterans Health Check was dietician Nikki Rudd, who specialises in veterans health. She said the top health issues affecting ex-military personnel were weight management and diabetes with these common chronic lifestyle diseases caused by a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. “We teach people ways to eat healthy on a budget,” Nikki said. “It’s important people make their meals at home with fresh produce and cut out processed foods from their diet.” Vietnam Veteran Richard Andrewartha credited a respiratory device for 45 years of marriage, explaining that it not only reduced the chance of suffering from a heart attack or stroke, but it also stopped him snoring. Sleep apnea affects 20 per cent of the population and is statistically a huge problem if left untreated. The Veterans Health Check, held during Veterans Health Week, October 13-19, was organised by Terry Clayton of Clayton Hearing, which plays an active role within the Fraser Coast area promoting health and fi tness and also hosted Men’s Health Week in the Bay. Clayton Hearing is known for getting behind community initiatives to assist and advise serving and ex-serving members and their families. Ex-serviceman Tim Brown and wife Helen with veterans Lyndon Anderson and Matt Driver, welcome the idea of a drop-in centre for veterans and servicemen as well as their wives and children. Cameron Paul from Healthy Sleep Solutions demonstrates the benefi ts of a respiratory device to Vietnam Vet Richard Andrewartha. NEWCOLOURS JUSTARRIVED FULCRUM SUSPENSION SPECIALISTS COAST WE CAN LIFT IT, ACCESSORISE IT & PUT GRIP ON IT! Phone 4128 4122 | 36 Torquay Rd, Pialba Facebook Find us on PH: 4194 1524 3/8–10 Boat Harbour Drive, Pialba www.fulcrumfrasercoast.com.au Hervey Bay Independent, October 23, 2014 / 27 GET YOUR FULL DIGITAL EDITION Download the App today!
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