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What’s the Deal with Sugar?

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Sugar is good… sugar is bad. Sugar is an essential part of a balanced diet… sugar should avoided whenever possible. Just what is going on with these messages about sugar? Read on and find out as we put 4 myths under the microscope to find out if the proof really is in the pudding! Sugar… Continued

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Screen Time for Children

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Whether we like it or not, screens are an inevitable part of our daily lives, including the lives of our children. For this reason, it’s important to consider how to balance the benefits and risks of these devices for our kids. Screen time is the time spent each day using devices with screens, such as… Continued

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Passive Ways to Stay Active Over the Holidays

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As we head into the festive season, it can be easy to let go of the good exercise habits we’ve built throughout the year. But keeping active over this time can help to manage stress and to balance out the effect of any eating indulgences! Even if time is short, there are plenty of ways… Continued

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Surviving the Silly Season

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The holiday season is fast approaching and while it is a time of fun and celebration our health often takes a back seat as a consequence. But by making your health a priority you can avoid the dreaded Christmas weight-gain and start the New Year without feeling any regrets. Plan ahead This time of the… Continued

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Mythbusting: Everyone needs to take a multivitamin

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Today we’re going to bust open 4 myths about taking multivitamins… Everyone needs to take a multivitamin supplement. If you are eating a well-balanced diet there’s little to be gained by taking a multivitamin supplement.  However there are some cases where a supplement can be beneficial – for example in a frail older person with… Continued

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Childhood Food Allergies

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While we don’t really know why, food allergies are on the increase.  The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) estimate that around 1 in 20 children and 2 in 100 adults suffer from food allergies. Fortunately many allergies are not severe and most children will grow out of their allergy early in life…. Continued

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Preconception Health for Men

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Preparing for pregnancy is important for both men and women. In fact the best chance of falling pregnant and having a healthy baby comes when both partners take steps to optimise their health before conception. Here’s a few things you can do to improve fertility and increase your chances of having a healthy baby: If… Continued

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Minimise Your Risk of Breast Cancer

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It’s estimated that breast cancer will be the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Australians in 2017. In fact, the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85 is estimated to be 1 in 14 (1 in 8 for women and 1 in 715 for men). The main risk factors for breast… Continued

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Why We Need to Lift Weights

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Resistance training, also known as strength training or weight training, involves activities that use weights, resistance bands or even just your body weight to work your muscles by contracting them against an external resistance.  The goal is to build the size, strength and endurance of your muscles. Many people associate resistance training with athletes or… Continued

Building Strong Bones

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Keeping our bones healthy is something that many of us give little thought to, but poor bone health is becoming an increasing problem, particularly as we live longer.  According to Osteoporosis Australia, more than 1 million Australians have osteoporosis and many more have low bone density (also called osteopaenia). And while it’s more common in… Continued