Letters to the editor

Save your own life

Let’s be honest, how much time did you waste on clickbait lists in 2018?

You know the ones, like “seven ways to look 10 years younger”.

In the interests of short attention spans everywhere, the below list will be the most important one you will read this year. I guarantee you won’t get to number three and give up because it’s rubbish.

But be warned, what I am about to say will shock you.

A recent study has found one in four people will have a stroke in their lifetime.

Yes, one in four people will have their lives turned upside down by a disease that attacks the brain – the vital organ responsible for our thoughts, movements and feelings.

Stroke does not discriminate. It can strike anyone, at any age and any time. It impacts everyday people - mums, dads, brothers, friends, colleagues or even you.

There will be more than 56,000 strokes in Australia this year.

But there is hope - and it is called prevention. Around 80 per cent of strokes can be prevented, and we can all take simple steps to reduce our risk.

  • Get your blood pressure checked regularly. Blood pressure is the key risk factor for stroke, but it can be managed. The number of strokes would be practically cut in half (48 per cent) if high blood pressure alone was eliminated
  • Manage your cholesterol: High cholesterol contributes to blood vessel disease, which can lead to stroke
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet: Avoid sugary drinks and cut the salt
  • Exercise regularly: Inactivity causes weight gain and contributes to high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Quit smoking: Smokers have twice the risk of having a stroke than non-smokers
  • Only drink alcohol in moderation: Drinking large amounts of alcohol increases your stroke risk through increased blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity and irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation).

Remember this list and take your first steps towards reducing your stroke risk in 2019. It could save your life.

- S. Gall, Stroke Foundation

Teens create library disturbance

Beaudesert lacks a Youth Group or Youth Space where they can meet friends and mentors in a safe environment.

Lack of funding is a big problem and the stigma around accessing local services needs to change.

There are some teens that could really benefit from having a Youth Space. If air con, internet and food ( fruit and a sausage sizzle) were accessible at little to no costs, you would find that the teens would relocate to the nominated area.

If only one of the local empty buildings could be utilised to offer support after school and on school holidays.

I would be happy to offer any support in helping getting something up and running in the local area.

- B. Shorter, via Facebook

There is no excuse for this sort of behaviour.

I know of many families that won’t go to the park or use the library due to this behaviour. It’s unfair that a whole town missed out because of a few delinquents.

The Scenic Rim council along with state and federal governments need to provide a youth centre. There needs to be a program to enable these teens a safe environment to hang out and do cooking, play xbox/playstation, learn a hobby etc.

- L. Mahaffy, via Facebook

I think a lot of people are making up excuses... 

I grew up without a youth centre or activities that generally cost money and if I wanted to do such activities, I had to find a way to pay for it myself. My friends and I would often make our own fun that cost nothing and we were never a disturbance to others. 

- H. Penfold, via Facebook