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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Oct-Nov 2012
10 | www.probussouthpacific.org NeWs Digital TV in regional Australia The Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service has now been launched, allowing people who travel around regional and remote Australia to start enjoying digital television. “In 2011, domestic and international tourists spent 41 million nights in caravan parks around Australia,” Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy says. “There are also more than 50,000 Australian campervan and motor home owners. Until recently, the only TV someone could watch after a long day’s driving or sightseeing was the limited choice available on analogue television – sometimes fewer than four channels.” Through VAST, people travelling across regional and remote Australia can now access up to 16 digital channels. With the old satellite service being switched off at the end of 2013, people living in those areas are being encouraged to get a satellite dish and apply for VAST now. Over 80,000 households in regional and remote areas are already enjoying VAST, with over 100,000 VAST decoders activated across Australia, including for around 13,000 travellers. For more information, contact the Australian Government’s Digital Ready service. W: www.digitalready.gov.au T: 1800 201 013 Ballarat Goldfields wins Hat Day Parade competition Members of Ballarat Goldfields sported spectacular hats to raise awareness of mental illness. Members of the Probus Club of Ballarat Goldfields recently took part in an Australian Rotary Health project to promote mental health awareness and to support mental health research, taking out top honours in a Probus competition at the same time. The ARH project aims to raise awareness of mental illness, and Probus created a Hat Day competition among clubs to help spread the word. It’s estimated that mental health problems (such as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) will affect more than 20 per cent of Australia’s adult population at some stage of their lives, and between 10-15 per cent of young people in any one year. Participants came to the monthly meeting in a variety of headgear from the sophisticated to the outrageous, from a homemade fruity Carmen Miranda creation, a Viking helmet and an English Bobby's helmet, right through to a jester’s cap and something out of Dame Edna’s wardrobe. With a trivia session included in the program, it was a fun day for all. Cranberry goodness Cranberries are good for more than just quenching your thirst, according to new research that shows that the cranberry helps bolster the immune system and provides antioxidant support. It has been shown that people presented with fewer symptoms of colds and flu after cranberry consumption. Cranberries also promote the activity of the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, helping to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Mental health problems will affect more than 20 per cent of Australia’s adults at some stage.
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