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There are many factors that can determine if you are fit and healthy. Money and power allows some people to attain material things that can benefit their lives, but no one can actually buy health. It has been said that health has many meanings ... but it is essential to our well-being. How people define their own health varies according to their own circumstances, their age, personal knowledge, social and illness experiences.

[Keleher, Helen and MacDougall, Colin, (2009), Understanding health: a determinants approach, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne]

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)Australia is one of the healthiest countries in the world, but not everyone in this country shares this high health status. You can download a PDF document from WHO that chart's Australia's health profilie.

Through the last couple of decades Australian's have shown an increasing interest in the food they eat and an increasing interest in their health. Australians love to eat but many of us want to stay healthy and live for a long time. The nutrients in the food we choose to eat has a significant impact on our health as the body requires nutrients in specific amounts. Too little can lead to ill-health, but too much of a particular nutrient, for example too much saturated fat may lead to coronory heart disease. All nutrients are required for optimal health.

[Smith, Kathryn, Marshall, Bernie & Smith, Lynne, (2009), Achieving health and human development, units 3 &t, 2nd edition, Macmillan, South Yarra]