Struth, it’s a healthy ‘Straya Day!

Crack out the cricket set, slop on some zinc, fire up the barbie and c’mon Queensland – get ready to celebrate Australia Day the healthy way!

Cancer Council is urging Queenslanders to stay true blue to their health and wellbeing, with SunSmart threads, tasty spreads, and Australian sporting fun.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said celebrating the nation’s day was an opportunity to experience the best of what Queensland has to offer.

“We’ve got some of the best beaches and parks in Queensland to kick the footy around or crack out the cricket set with family and friends on Australia Day,” Ms Clift said.

“Staying active by playing sport, taking the dog for a walk or going for a swim will boost your physical and mental wellbeing on the big day.

“A healthy Australia Day menu is essential too. Start with a fruit platter – mangoes, blueberries, cherries, peaches and pears are all in season.

“If you’re firing up the barbie, pop some veggies into the mix and choose lean meat like chicken or fish for the healthiest alternative.

“For dessert, why not try a homemade rockmelon and kiwifruit ice block or a low kilojoule carrot, zucchini and date cake to share?

“Being active, eating well, limiting alcohol and staying SunSmart is the best way to enjoy your Australia Day and stay healthy and happy.”

Cancer Council Queensland also warned Queenslanders to reapply sunscreen every two hours when spending time outdoors on Australia Day, even in cloudy weather.

“Whenever the UV Index level is three or above, we need to follow the five recommended sun protective behaviours,” Ms Clift said.

“Slip on protective clothing, Slop on minimum SPF30 broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunnies when out and about this summer to best reduce your risk of skin cancer.

To purchase a limited edition green and gold zinc pack visit one of Cancer Council’s retail stores in Brisbane, at the Sunshine Coast or Toowoomba until January 25.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via 13 11 20 or cancerqld.org.au.

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For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift,
Executive Manager,
Media and Spokesperson,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5372
Mobile: 0409 001 171