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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Multicultural Health Week 2014, an initiative of the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service, an annual themed program that discusses health issues and initiatives prevalent in multicultural societies, attempts to hone in its 2014 edition next week on such issues as healthy eating, smoking and increased exercise. Peter Todaro, the director of the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service, speaking to Neos Kosmos said that this year’s program was taking from mainstream health, nutrition, diet, exercise, smoking and being healthy, and associating those factors with multicultural communities. He said the organisation has launched a website and community initiatives across NSW, through hospitals, community health centres and non-government organisations.Todaro said that whilst it is difficult to pinpoint a correlation between the three targeted themes and multicultural (or ethnic) communities, they are elements that are ubiquitous within non-Anglo factions.“We certainly do know that in some multicultural groups smoking levels are very high, they’re double the general population, in others they’re lower than the general population. “We also know that cardiovascular disease is higher in some groups, and some groups die less healthy than others. But I guess generally it affects us all. Food and exercise are generally something the human body requires, we’re all affected by that.”Multicultural Health Week 2014 is a means of promoting a healthy living workplace (and at home). According to the Health & Productivity Institute of Australia (HAPIA), organisations that don’t promote health and wellness are four times more likely to lose employees within 12 months. Therefore, the week long initiative aims at inspiring dialogue and awareness to groups that would otherwise not have support measures in place to seek medical or health assistance. “I think if people see the information it encourages them to become active and pick up the phone. It’s really easy for people to say ‘I’ll ring tomorrow’ or ‘I’m OK, I’m not going to worry about that’, but maybe pick up the phone and get some more information. Once you’ve gotten information if you don’t want to do anything about it, then that’s fine, but at least you’re informed.”The organisation has previously worked with the Greek community, especially in relation to smoking, but Todaro believes there is still a lot of work to be done addressing other issues.“I think generally, if you look at the Greek community they’re more of an older established community. So I think some of the issues around those communities are around ageing, dementia, being taken care of at home … around those areas,” he said. “There are a lot of Greek people that do take care of themselves, they have quit smoking, they do get involved in walking groups.”One of the grounds relating to the health issues plaguing multicultural societies, the Greek community included, is culture.“If people cut down smoking or stop and go and see their GPs on how to do that, that would be great. And if people generally start eating more vegetables and fruit that would be terrific.”“I think it’s part of the reason, how we grow up, and when someone grows up, in an Italian family for example, with pasta twice a day and then perhaps a protein dish like meat and then you say to them ‘look you have to eat vegetables, three vegetables and you have to cut down on your bread and your pasta’, they look at you and say ‘what, what are you talking about?! I’ve been eating this all my life’. “So for us it’s about explaining that certain foods are high in carbohydrates and they’re the foods that put you at risk, and for an Italian or a Greek person you tell them the foods they’ve had all their lives put them at risk, it’s a difficult issue. Culture is mostly associated with food and it’s really hard to change the cultural habits you’ve had all your life.”But Todaro argues that culture does not have to be foreshadowed for the sake of new healthy eating measures. A good balance can be achieved between enjoying the cultural aspects of diet as well as healthy eating and living.He said that any change, no matter how minor, was a positive step and could put years on one’s life. For further information on Multicultural Health Week 2014 visit www.multiculturalhealthweek.comlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterEntries are open for the Luxperience Awards, run in conjunction with the annual luxury travel expo, Luxperience. The Awards recognise the industry’s endeavours and the evolution of luxury travel while highlighting the shining stars and visionaries of the premium leisure and experiential travel markets.“This year our Awards will align with our theme for 2018: The Blue Print – A World Re-Designed,” Michelle Papas, Event Director at Luxperience, said.“We’re taking Luxperience and the industry, to the next dimension: providing the framework, the connections and collaboration to create exclusive experiences and unique opportunities for the end consumer. The Awards will emphasise this by acknowledging the architects and creative designers re-imagining and motivating the experiential, luxury travellers’ behaviours.“The Awards component of Luxperience is now in its fourth year and winning one of the Awards is now a highly sought after accolade,” Papas said.“We’re expecting submissions from some of the world’s most impressive suppliers in the global premium travel arena. With the involvement of our new Diamond Partner, Tourism Australia, we are anticipating an avalanche of entries from Australian elite suppliers.“These Awards recognise not only their efforts but the evolution of luxury travel and highlight the trendsetters of this uber-luxe community,” Papas adds. “Our winners set industry standards for inspiration, innovation and quality, raising the bar for others to emulate.”Awards are open to both leisure and business event specialists emphasising the impact and influence of luxury travel across both segments. Submissions must be received by 3 August, 2018 to be included in the judging.The full list of Award Categories are:Inspiring AwardMeaningful AwardConnections AwardOutstanding Destination AwardThe Inspiring Award will recognise a buyer or supplier (leisure or premium business events) that best demonstrates excellence in the planning and development of innovative products, events and services, acknowledging entrepreneurial vision, market leadership and uniqueness.The Meaningful Award will pay tribute to a buyer or supplier (leisure or premium business events) that contributes to a greater understanding of history, heritage and culture, incorporating elements such as sense of community, experiential travel or social responsibility within their program or product.The Connections Award will recognise a successful marketing strategy and campaign, both from the buyer or supplier side, which effectively connect with key target markets within the luxury or high end experiential travel space or events and incentives areaIn addition to these awards, Luxperience will recognise an Outstanding Destination, which has influenced the development of luxury and experiential tourism or business events within their country or region.The invitation-only business forum, taking place in Sydney on 16-19 September, 2018, is the only one of its kind based in the Australasia and Pacific region that connects the world’s most exclusive travel and business event providers dealing in luxury and experiential travel.For more information on submissions click hereGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more