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Summer Water Safety


Most of us enjoy spending time around water in the summer months, from heading to the beach to relaxing at home around the pool. But whether at home, visiting friends or family, or on holidays, it’s always important to keep safety in mind when near water, particularly for young children. According to Water Safety Australia,

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Top Tips for a Healthy Gut


There’s increasing evidence about the importance of gut health for our overall health and wellbeing. After all, it’s not much help eating the perfect healthy diet if we are not digesting our food properly.  What’s more, digestive problems can make us feel unwell and in some people can impact their day-to-day activities and quality of

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Healthy Eating when Travelling


Whether due to limited healthy food choices, lack of kitchen facilities or the temptation of energy-dense foods and all-you-can-eat offerings, maintaining healthy eating habits can be more challenging when travelling. However, with some forethought and planning, it is possible to enjoy your holiday without your healthy eating habits falling by the wayside. Here are a

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Physical activity recommendations for kids


Regular physical activity and limiting sedentary time is important for the health and development of children of all ages.  Encouraging kids to be active each day helps to build good habits that will stay with them throughout life. Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommend the following for children and young people of different

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Men’s Health: Gout


Gout is a painful inflammation of the joints. An attack of gout usually comes on very quickly and the joint becomes red, swollen and very painful.  Gout most commonly affects the big toe but can occur in other joints including the hands, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. Gout is caused by a build-up of uric

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Tooth Care for Toddlers


Tooth decay is on the rise in Australia, particularly among children. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), 42% of children aged 5-10 years have experienced tooth decay in their primary (‘baby’) teeth. Yet a recent National Child Health Poll conducted by the Royal Children’s Hospital found that almost one in three

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What We Know About the Development of Myopia in Children


Short-sightedness is currently the most common global eyesight disorder. It affects both children and adults. Researchers have determined that there are more than 1.45 billion myopic people in the world today and that the number of people who suffer from myopia is increasing.  Here in Australia, myopia is proving to be a growing problem. Research

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Decreasing the Risk of Dementia


Dementia isn’t one specific disease, but instead a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks.  This can interfere with the person’s social and working life. According to Dementia Australia, dementia is now the second leading cause of death among Australians.

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Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet


While there’s no one Mediterranean diet, this style of eating plan is typically rich in wholegrains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, olive oil, and fish but relatively low in red meat and dairy products. Sweets and processed foods are occasional treats and wine is consumed in moderation, with a meal. There is now a significant amount

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Gestational Diabetes


Gestational Diabetes (or GDM, for short) is diabetes which first presents during pregnancy and which usually resolves after a woman gives birth.  However, women with GDM are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. GDM affects approximately 5% of pregnancies in Australia, although women from certain ethnic backgrounds (particularly those of