Our veterans' health becomes a priority
VETERANS' Health Week is currently upon us and the theme for this year's event is nutrition.
Wide Bay and Burnett District RSL president, Don Davey said while it was important to raise awareness of healthy eating, the Department of Veteran Affairs encourages its members to focus on their health year round.
"It's about bringing health to the forefront and creating awareness, but it is important all year," he said.
"We can become complacent through the year so this week is a good reminder."
Veterans' Health week runs from Saturday September 22 to Sunday September 30 and it is an opportunity for the DVA to work alongside other community organisations.
DVA will partner with ex-service organisations and community groups to organise and participate in fun events that highlight the importance of improving and maintaining good health.
Events based on this year's theme of nutrition will help veterans and current serving Australian Defence Force members and their families to eat better and smarter.
Mr Davey said there are 41 different RSL sub-branches with in the Wide Bay and Burnett district and each one is engaged in a number of activities.
"The branch covers a wide area and each sub-branch has their own initiatives," he said.
"Our branches are involved in activities such as local walks, health talks, other physical activity and different types of health initiatives."
The RSL president said veterans' mental health has become a significant priority in recent years.
"There are certain things we pay a lot of credence to these days that we never used to," he said.
"There is a higher incidence of PTSD than there ever was so it's important we have that conversation to prevent suicides."
Mr Davey said whilst it wasn't his area of expertise he does partake in certain eating habits to maintain his health.
"I'm no expert in nutrition, but it is important to have a bit of this and that," he said.
"I aim to have a couple of pieces of fruit a day."
Mr Davey suggested if anyone wanted more information about the Department of Veteran Affairs and specifically Veterans' Health Week to contact their local RSL sub branch.