Starting off the New Year with some healthy resolutions? Check out these great events to help kick off your 2016 with vigour and purpose.
Veganuary (all month)
Love animals? Want to play a more integral role in society’s impact on the environment? Oh, and as a great introduction to your New Year’s Resolution, become a whole lot healthier? Well, Veganuary is here and it just might be the month that turns into a lifelong commitment.
For a month (Jan 1 to 31), the vegans behind Veganuary challenge us all to redefine our perceptions of a healthy lifestyle while also contributing to a better world free of animal cruelty and toxicity caused by the meat industry.
Sure, not eating meat and other products of animals (eggs, milk, cheese etc.) can sound like a heavy sacrifice to make, but trying out a vegan diet is easier than it sounds. The folks at Veganuary share a ton of delicious, healthy recipes and lifestyle tips to make being a vegan not so much limiting the way you eat, but expanding it and showing you the many vegetables and fruits you might not have tried before or have regularly in your diet.
While your month as a vegan might not become something you want to do for the rest of the year, it will certainly give your health the jumpstart it needs to get into a healthy mindset, and encourage you to be more conscious of what you eat. What better way to start the year?
Want to learn more? Visit: www.veganuary.com/
Iced Tea Party (starts 11 January)
Peach, Raspberry, Green, Yellow or Earl? A refreshing iced tea sounds like just what the doctor ordered as we continue into our warm summer here in Australia, and better yet, when you indulge in this cool beverage and make it into an event you can help raise awareness for lymphoedema.
A largely unknown disorder, lymphoedema causes the swelling of the limbs (although it can also be known to affect the trunk, breast, head and neck or genital area) and causes much discomfort – so far there is no cure.
Starting this January 11 (and even continuing until the end of March) is the National Iced Tea Party. Dedicated to raise awareness and funds towards lymphoedema research and education (early diagnosis etc) it’s more than just your average tea party.
For more info visit: http://www.icedteaparty.com.au/
Big Red BBQ (26 January)
Rounding us off at the end of the month on January 26 (Australia Day) is the fun campaign bringing everyone together to host a barbeque with family, friends and/or colleagues in support of Kidney Health Australia.
Today, one in three Australians is at an increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease, and did you know a person can already lose up to 90% of their kidney function before ever experiencing any symptoms? If chronic kidney disease is detected early and managed appropriately, then the otherwise inevitable deterioration in kidney function can be reduced by as much as 50% and may even be reversible.
At a park with the neighbours; on the beach with family; in the local common areas at uni or even at your workplace; you can hold your Big Red BBQ anywhere. Proceeds raised from your Big Red BBQ will go towards programs to promote good kidney health through education, advocacy, research and support.
Visit www.bigredbbq.com.au to get involved.