Love a good news story? I doubt it.

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Earlier this week I was sitting on the couch, telly was on, I was scrolling through my phone and suddenly BAM! Something as simple as a powerpoint slide posted on Instagram created a hundred pictures in my head, made me feel about a thousand things and spurred me into action (it was a busy 10 seconds in my head).

Physio Tasmania had posted a picture of a graph from the World Health Organisation letting me know that Physical Inactivity is the 4th ‘leading cause of attributable global mortality and burden of disease’ aka: likely reason for death and illness… and there I was sitting on the couch.

Did I get up and do ten squats? No. Did I look at myself in the mirror in disgust? No. Did I text a friend to organise a walk or a PT session? No. Did I think about who those inactive people were and what they might be doing right at the moment? Yes. Did I wonder what the extra challenges are that’s stopping some people, clearly many people, do what they know would make them healthier and live better, longer lives? Yes  

Perhaps some of them were sitting on the couch staring at Instagram.

One of the big reasons I joined forces with my sister Lucy to create our company Healthy Tasmania was to help support all people to live the best life they can. We do that by leading projects which help improve the individual, social and economic health of our communities, supporting people to be as well as they can be, for as long as they can be. We believe making and sharing real stories is an important part of this, as it allows people to see things from perspectives they may not have considered. It makes people feel something. However, lately, I’ve been grappling with how to do this well.

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