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You Are What You Eat!

I’m a firm believer that a healthy outside starts with a healthy inside. You can lift weights, run for miles, bend yourself into yoga poses but if you’re feeding your body junk you’ll never achieve true health. It’s true for adults, and even more so for our kids. Imagine the demands life places on growing bodies – disrupted sleep for newborns, non-stop running for our toddlers, learning self-control and to ...

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5 Reasons to try Hypoxi

It’s been around for some 30 years and is backed by scientific studies but have you heard of Hypoxi? This fancy sounding word is a fat burning method that combines light aerobic exercise with the application of alternating high and low pressure vacuum technology. The theory behind it is that by drawing the circulation to the surface of stubborn fat stores, your body is able to mobilise these fat deposits an ...

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Dad’s day, Everyday

I am sitting at the dining room table as I type this. The younger children are watching Bondi Vet while my husband and our eldest are huddled over a computer on the loungeroom floor, discussing her biology assignment. Our eldest recently celebrated her 17th birthday and that means my husband has been a father for the same time. With Father’s Day recently done and dusted for another year, I was curious to as ...

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Nutrition in focus

Dr Tim O’Dowd, nutritionist and OBGYN New plans can be made anytime of the year, but what better time than now? Spring is a time of renewal and regeneration, so why not make a resolution to optimise your health through lifestyle and nutrition adjustments? Every second adult has a chronic disease like high blood pressure or diabetes, and one-in-four have at least two. Developing a chronic disease means lifel ...

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Your Questions, Answered

I've been hearing loads of negative reports about the computer game "Fortnite" in the media lately. Are computer games like this bad for my kids? We sometimes use iPad time as an incentive for good behaviour. What are your recommendations on how much time I should allow my child to play these types of games every day? The simple answer is there is no right or wrong, and the answers to these questions must b ...

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Hidden Gems

My motto when working to improve the health of kids is to make ‘every mouthful count’ nutritionally. Here’s how. No matter what I’m cooking, I’m always thinking in terms of how I can inject more nourishment, especially when feeding my kids. Because children are growing so rapidly, they have a much greater nutritional requirements, yet a smaller capacity to be nourished (smaller stomachs). One tip I always o ...

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Live, Learn, Survive

When he isn’t rescuing beach-goers on the hit show ‘Bondi Rescue’, or putting out fires as a firefighter, Trent ‘Maxi’ Maxwell is combining his love of firefighting and surf rescue to teach schoolkids valuable lessons in safety.   Did you know that, of the 291 people who drowned in Australian waterways last year, 29 were children under four? Or that there were 21,784 fires and explosions between 2016-2 ...

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Fighting Food Waste at Home

Our global wastage epidemic has been the topic of much discussion lately (thank goodness!) but, as with all conversations about really, really big issues, it can be hard to know how you can make an impact at home – or whether you even can. Turns out, there are a tonne of small things you can do in your own home that can help make a big difference globally. But first, it helps to know what we’re up against. ...

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Strong Core, Strong Mum

Did you know your core is more than just your abs? A visible six-pack is no guarantee of a strong core, so what should you be focusing on when building core strength? First, let’s bust some myths. MYTH 1: Your ‘core’ are the muscles on your belly Yes... and no. In fact, your core includes your abs, diaphragm, pelvic floor, hips, glutes and more. You use your core every time you twist, bend, lift and reach. ...

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Supporting Your Child’s Gut Health

The importance of digestive health is a buzz right now both in the media and the scientific community, where the health of digestive system bacteria is recognised as being essential to our overall health and wellbeing. We are not just what we eat, but what we absorb. As parents, it's really important that we understand how to best support a healthy microbiome (the good bugs that live in our gut), for our ow ...

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