NSW Senior Australian of the Year Sue Lennox
NSW Senior Australian of the Year Sue Lennox

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THE 2020 Australian of the Year Award recipients are sharing their tips and inspirational advice during lockdown through a series of videos on the Australian of the Year Awards Facebook page.

The short videos, filmed by the recipients themselves or by family members they are isolating with, provide quick tips on staying healthy and happy, relieving stress and generally staying positive.

2020 Australian of the Year, blindness prevention pioneer Dr James Muecke AM, talks about how to handle anxiety and why it's important to avoid a sugar hit in favour of a walk, listening to your favourite music, watching a comedy for a good laugh or doing a good deed. As James points out, these positive and healthy alternatives are all equally as effective as sugar in activating the reward part of the brain. https://www.facebook.com/AustralianoftheYear/videos/1246206415587198/

2020 Australia's Local Hero Bernie Shakeshaft, founder of the BackTrack Youth Works program, speaks from his country NSW property. Bernie's message of resilience and kindness is particularly relevant for rural communities across Australia who have faced drought, bushfire, floods and now a pandemic in just a few months. Bernie's heartfelt advice is to be kind and generous, to look after people and 'make sure nobody gets left behind'. https://www.facebook.com/AustralianoftheYear/videos/546057273010595/

2020 NSW Senior Australian of the Year Sue Lennox speaks from her macadamia orchard, where she says she is staying active and trying to get some sun each day. Sue shares how her OzGREEN organisation has moved online at this time with the Pulse of the Pandemic group to inspire people to innovate. As Sue says, "the future is a place we are creating" and she hopes it will be a place in which we are "living in harmony". https://www.facebook.com/AustralianoftheYear/videos/934042603681311/

2020 QLD Senior Australian of the Year Professor Peter Dornan AM, a sports physician and men's health specialist, shares practical advice on the importance of keeping active. Peter advises stretching each day, perhaps with yoga or pilates, plus some simple cardio activity and daily use of light weights to keep muscles in good condition. https://www.facebook.com/AustralianoftheYear/videos/214907263259963/

National Australia Day Council CEO Karlie Brand said the videos from Australian of the Year Award recipients were being featured on the @AustralianoftheYear Facebook page so people could benefit from and enjoy the experience and insightful thoughts of awards alumni.

"Our award recipients have been keen to help at this time and their video messages are a great way to connect with the community," said Ms Brand.

"There are so many amazing people in our awards alumni network and they offer a wide range of backgrounds, expertise and life experience to share with us all or give us reason to smile."

You can help find the 2021 Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia's Local Hero by nominating someone you admire at australianoftheyear.org.au by 31 July 2020.


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