Queenslanders urged to rock wraparounds for International Sunglasses Day

Well, the sun’s not exactly back out on the Gold Coast, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be protecting your eyes.

Especially today, because it’s International Sunglasses Day – yes, that’s a thing.

And on the best of days, Australia’s where the sun shines brightest, particularly in… the SUNshine state.

Cancer Council Queensland is calling on us all to slide on your wraparound sunnies.

Sure normal sunnies might look cooler, but close-fitting wraparound sunglasses will better protect you when the UV is high (index level 3 or below)(basically everyday in Queensland).

Bring your broad-brimmed hat for extra protection. Your eyes will thank you.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said UV exposure in both adults and children can lead to permanent and preventable eye-damage.

“International Sunglasses Day brings attention to the importance of UV eye protection and we are taking this opportunity to remind people how vital it is to remain sun safe in Queensland all year round.

“Repeated exposure of the eyes to UV radiation causes both short-term eye complaints and permanent eye damage, including squamous cell cancers on the surface of the eye and skin cancer around the eyes.

“Other long-term eye problems associated with UV radiation include cataracts, damage to the retina, cornea and cloudiness of the cornea.

“In Queensland, the UV Index is three or above every day, all year round.

During winter, the maximum UV Index is typically between four and seven, a range that is categorised as moderate to high UVR – which highlights why you need to protect your eyes and skin, even on a windy or cool day,” Ms McMillan said.

If you’re in the market for a new pair of eye-protectors, Ms McMillan says there are a few key features you should be looking for.

“Wrap-around, close fitting, sunglasses with maximum coverage should be worn to provide the best protection through reducing direct and reflected UV radiation and glare reaching the eyes.

“Always choose sunglasses with a clearly-labelled lens category two, three or four, rather than basic fashion spectacles, to best protect your eyes,” Ms McMillan said.

So slip, slop, slap, seek and slideee today Queenslanders.

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Steak and vegetables on a plate

Researchers urge less red meat in diets

Eating red and processed meat increases the risk of an earlier death, experts have warned, as they urged people to switch to fish and vegetables.

Swapping red meat for healthier proteins such as eggs, nuts and fish can lead to a longer life, they said.

The new study, published in the British Medical Journal, examined the dietary habits of more than 81,000 people in the US.

People were asked how much they had eaten on average per year of different types of foods over the previous eight years, including red and processed meats (such as ham, hot dogs and bacon), nuts, fish, eggs, whole grains, legumes and chicken and turkey without skin.

The results showed that people who increased their red and processed meat intake by at least half a serving per day over the eight years had a 10 per cent higher risk of dying in the subsequent eight-year period.

The increased risk for processed meat alone was 13 per cent and was 9 per cent for unprocessed red meat.

Half a serving of red meat was regarded as 42.5 grams while half a serving of processed meat was one rasher of bacon (6.5g), half a hot dog (22.5g) or 14g of sausage.

The researchers found that people who cut their red and processed meat intake while swapping for healthier foods, such as eggs, chicken and fish, enjoyed a longer life.

A decrease in red and processed meat consumption and a simultaneous increase in the consumption of nuts led to a 19 per cent reduced risk of dying over an eight-year period.

Swapping a daily portion of meat for fish cut the risk by 17 per cent, whole grains by 12 per cent and poultry without skin by 10 per cent.

Swapping to vegetables cut the risk by 10 per cent, eggs by 8 per cent and legumes by 6 per cent.

Previous studies have shown that red and processed meat is linked to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer.

The researchers, based in the US and China, concluded: “This association with mortality was observed with increased consumption of processed and unprocessed meat, but was stronger for processed meat.

“A decrease in total red meat consumption and a simultaneous increase in the consumption of nuts, fish, poultry without skin, dairy, eggs, whole grains, or vegetables over eight years was associated with a lower risk of death in the subsequent eight years.

“These findings suggest that a change in protein source or eating healthy plant based foods such as vegetables or whole grains can improve longevity.”

Dr Giota Mitrou, director of research at the World Cancer Research Fund, said: “This new study reinforces our own evidence that eating red meat or processed meat increases the risk of cancer.

“We recommend that people eat no more than three portions of red meat a week, as this provides a balance between the advantages of red meat as a source of essential nutrients and the disadvantages.

“However, we recommend that people eat little or no processed meat, such as bacon. ”

Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association, said meat provided essential nutrients – protein, iron and zinc and vitamins.

“People should think carefully before turning away from a product that has not only served humans well but played a significant part in their development.”

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Emily Skye Goodlife

Emily Skye’s new Ignite class to challenge local gym-goers

Emily Skye is on a mission to ignite the fitness of Gold Coast gym-goers.

The social media star this week launched her brand new Ignite class at Goodlife Bundall, with a special session attended by media and VIPs.

While millions follow the fitness guru’s online workouts, the 30-minute class gives locals the chance to challenge themselves while under the guidance of a trainer.

“I’m all about effective and efficient workouts. I don’t have much time being a mum now and I know a lot of other people don’t have much time either. It’s all about getting in there going hard and going home,” she told myGC.

“I’ve personally trained all of the trainers who take the classes and have taken them through my methods.

“Having a trainer there to take everyone through the class is so helpful, especially if you are a beginner. I think it is something that is missing online, because I am not there in the flesh.”

Emily Skye Goodlife

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The class incorporates weights with high intensity circuits, with participants able to burn approximately 300 calories.

“Circuits are the best way to get lean, lose fat and be strong,” she said.

“I still do these sorts of workouts and they are still very challenging.”

Emily told myGC the workout is great for beginners, right through to more advanced gym-goers.

“The class is done in a way that beginners can do it, and we can adjust exercises to suit them, right through to advance.”

Emily Skye’s new Ignite class is available 18 Goodlife Health Clubs across Australia, including here on the Gold Coast.


Gold Coast to host international congress for suicide prevention and intervention

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has announced the Gold Coast has been selected to host its 31st World Congress in 2021.

The Congress will bring together around 800 mental health professionals, academics, crisis workers, teachers and suicide survivors from around the world.

IASP is dedicated to preventing suicidal behaviour and alleviating its effect through a network of professionals and volunteers from over 80 countries.

Announcing the decision to meet on the Gold Coast, Professor Jane Pirkis, a psychologist and epidemiologist based at the University of Melbourne in Australia and one of IASP’s Vice Presidents, said the Congress is an important forum to examine advances in suicide prevention, research and support.

“This Congress will discuss evidence-based research, best practice and suicide prevention measures, bringing together networks to share knowledge and skills,” said Professor Pirkis.

The Congress returns to Australia for the first time since 1997, with the organisation citing the appeal of the Gold Coast to international delegates as a major drawcard in the decision.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista said it was the first time the global congress would convene on the Gold Coast.

“Securing this event is a testament to the capabilities of the city to deliver world-class, large-scale business events in the heart of Australia’s playground. It also highlights the appeal of Gold Coast’s growing health and innovation sector,” said Ms Battista.

“The distinctive winning mix of conference infrastructure, delegate experiences, service and our climate, continue to entice prominent business events to the region.

“It’s encouraging to see more associations and multi-disciplinary medical and health conferences, choosing to align with the Gold Coast and its burgeoning reputation as Australia’s progressive hub for medicine, health and innovation.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones welcomed the announcement.

“The Gold Coast has stamped its event hosting abilities on the world through the Commonwealth Games, and securing international events such as these demonstrates the confidence around the globe in this destination,” Ms Jones said.

“The beauty of the Gold Coast as a business event host is that delegates can extend their stay or enjoy iconic tourism experiences in between conference commitments.”

The Congress will be held from 21- 24 September 2021 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.