Great Ways Families Can Boost Health Without High Expenses

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Mooney Street Medical are proud supporters of good family health, but for many of us, that can come with high costs.

To support the families in our Townsville community, we’re listing five ways you can boost your family’s health without the high expenses.

Mooney Street Medical knows Townsville

Townsville is known Australia wide, worldwide many would say, for its sunshine, beautiful coast, wildlife and love of the outdoors.

As such, the medical professionals operating at our General Practice understand our patients’ needs from young kids and teens to adults and our elderly.

These great ways to boost family health take this into account.

1. Meals at home

Did you know that cooking at home is not only much healthier than eating out, but it’s also much cheaper?

According to Numbeo, the world’s largest cost of living database, the average cost of a meal at an inexpensive restaurant in Townsville is $27.

That’s for one person, not a family.

Evidently, purchasing healthy groceries from a supermarket and cooking at home comes in much cheaper.

On the health side, cooking at home is a plus for families because you have control over the ingredients used, allowing you to make fresh and nutritious choices.

Unlike processed or fast food, homemade meals almost always contain less unhealthy fats, sodium, and additives, leading to better overall nutrition.

You can also control portions and sides much more easily, avoiding chips and sauces (which are surprisingly high in sodium and sugar) for example.

Additionally, cooking together as a family fosters bonding, promotes healthier eating habits, and encourages appreciation for home-cooked meals.

2. Less screen time

Canstar Blue puts TV energy costs at $178 on average each year, depending on the model, TV size, energy efficiency and hours of usage.

Add in game consoles, lights and A/C, and it’s easy to see power bills go up when spending long hours on screens.

FYI, on the topic of air conditioning, the average ceiling fan uses about 1% the energy of an A/C unit.

Health benefits of less screen time

Limiting screen time is beneficial for family health because excessive screen use is linked to sedentary behaviour and a higher risk of obesity.

It also helps improve sleep quality by reducing exposure to the stimulating effects of screens before bedtime.

Limiting screen time also encourages more face-to-face interaction among family members, something that can be really important.

Reducing screen time allows for more outdoor activities, creative play, and other beneficial forms of physical and mental stimulation for the whole family.

Position screen time as a treat or reward, not a routine way to spend time.

3. Take advantage of our area

Many of us don’t make use of the huge number of attractions in Townsville. We’re talking about the natural ones, like the national parks and beaches.

Most of these cost nothing more than the fuel needed to get there, not even that if you live close enough.

Engaging in outdoor activities as a family is great for physical fitness and overall well being as it encourages regular exercise and movement.

Safe exposure to natural sunlight helps regulate circadian rhythms, improves mood, and boosts vitamin D levels, which is beneficial for both physical and mental health.

Of course, the caveat is sun protection, something very important, especially in Queensland, so ensure you protect your skin.

Outdoor activities also provide opportunities for bonding, communication, and quality family time away from screens and distractions.

Spending time outdoors together helps us appreciate nature more and gets us into the habit of enjoying outdoor activities.

4. Make a veggie patch

This one is designed for kids, 5-10 years old or so, and of course, you’ll need a backyard or area for a veggie patch.

The goal is not to replace supermarket vegetables with homegrown ones, that can be quite difficult and time consuming.

The goal is, however, to add some outdoor activities that you can do as a family that sets kids on a better health trajectory.

Planting seeds, watering them and taking care of them – and picking and eating them – can be a real mood lifter and offer a sense of accomplishment.

Often, this can show kids the benefits of DIY and how rewarding it can be.

That’s in addition to keeping veggies front and centre of mind.

Veggie seeds usually cost only a few dollars or less.

5. Keep up with regular check-ups

Did you know that regular check-ups can allow doctors to catch health concerns or at least find signs your family’s health may be sliding, before it becomes a problem?

Preventing health concerns is always a much better option than treating already serious ones, and that’s in terms of peace of mind, costs and of course the most important one, your health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Regular check-ups for families are ideal because they allow for early detection and prevention of health issues, reducing the need for costly medical treatments later on.

Routine check-ups promote overall wellness and help families maintain healthier lifestyles.

Boosting your family’s health without high expenses in summary

Naturally, no one should put a price on their health and wellbeing, but as the cost of living soars, it’s always beneficial to find a way to maximise a healthy lifestyle without adding costs.

The team at Mooney Street Medical understands the needs of our community and supports our patients with personalised care.

If it’s been a while since your last check-up, or your family’s health could improve, get in touch with us.

Regular check-ups are part of all families’ lives and can often help prevent serious health concerns.