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Media Release


The Hon Bruce Scott MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Federal Member for Maranoa



25 February 1998


It is never too late for lifestyle changes to improve health and well-being, the Ministe r for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, told an Adelaide health promotion conference today.

The Minister made the claim while outlining some of the 160 preventive health programs implemented by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for the 342,000 veterans, war widows and other dependants entitled to health care from the Department.

"Preventive health is as relevant to those in their later years as it is to younger people," said the Minister.

"Research shows that changes made by people in their 70s or even 80s, such as improving their diet or participating in regular gentle exercise, can have a significant beneficial effect on their physical and mental well-being."

Mr Scott also discussed his Department’s recently-published Better Living Plan . "1998 has the theme ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’. "Under this theme, we will be developing programs for the veteran community with a focus on good mental health, safe and confident living for older women, sensible alcohol use and realistic physical activity," he said.

Mr Scott was presenting a keynote address to the 10 th National Health Promotion Conference in Adelaide. He invited conference delegates to collaborate with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in recognising and promoting the preventive health needs of the veteran community locally, nationally and globally.

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