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The simple things during Covid-19: The feeling of clean fresh air

This blog was written by Natalie Oldaker, Health Promotion Team Leader at Peninsula Health.

Currently we are in the heart of winter, yet there is nothing like the feeling of clean fresh air.

When someone says the phrase ‘clean fresh air’, you imagine stepping outside on a lovely day with blue skies and filling the lungs with a single, deep and slow breath.

You may even opt for a walk, ride or visit to the local park!

To help everyone do this in a clean and healthy place, local partners across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region have worked hard to reduce second hand smoke in a number of places across our community.

It’s places like sports facilities, cafés and shopping centres that have welcomed smoke free areas to help support the health and wellbeing of others.

We know it’s more important than ever to keep well and our immune system strong. VicHealth’s CEO Dr Sandro Demaio puts it simply: “When you quit smoking, your health will benefit almost immediately as your lungs begin to heal and your blood oxygen levels improve.”

“Within a few weeks your immune system will start to recover, which is key for helping fight diseases like the flu and coronavirus.”

If you know of anyone wanting to quit smoking, or even yourself, be sure to visit the QUITLINE at their website – https://www.quit.org.au/.

Any organisation can get involved to help protect our community and keep us all safe. If you want to know more please email us at healthpromotion@phcn.vic.gov.au.