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Mobile health lab aims to reduce chronic disease during National Science Week

Date posted: 9 August 2016

An interactive mobile health laboratory will visit four Northern Territory communities next week as part of National Science Week, to spark people's interest in science and health, and demonstrate how lifestyle choices can impact people's future.

Menzies School of Health Research's mobile HealthLAB uses the latest health technology to measure participants' health and inform them about the impacts of smoking, alcohol misuse use and diet, which can increase the risk of major chronic diseases, cancer, kidney disease, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

HealthLAB includes an alcohol station that simulates being intoxicated. Participants wear night goggles and navigate their way down a path with obstacles. The aim is to start a dialogue about the short and long term effects of alcohol on the body's organs.

HealthLAB will visit Bathurst Island, Mataranka, Katherine and Batchelor during National Science Week which takes place from 15 to 20 August 2016.

Source: Menzies School of Health Research media release

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Last updated: 10 August 2016
 
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