Work out in your garden this spring

Work out in your garden this spring

Health & Wellness

21-10-2019

Posted 01 October 2019 by Better Health Channel Team

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Did you know your garden can double as a gym? It’s a perfect space for exercise – lots of fresh air and sunlight while digging over the soil to the rhythm of birdsong–and there are no fees! 

When you’re out in the garden digging, weeding, raking and planting, you’re using multiple muscle groups. While you’re improving your muscle tone and strength, you’re increasing your flexibility and heart rate. Because it’s such a great workout gardening can help you to sleep better while you’re creating a beautiful place to spend down time. Read More >

Pollen season and asthma

Pollen season and asthma

Health & Wellness

30-09-2019

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Asthma explained

  • The common symptoms of asthma are wheezing, breathlessness and chest tightness 
  • Different triggers bring on asthma symptoms in different people.
  • Asthma can be controlled with regular preventer medication every day (if prescribed) and using a reliever when symptoms flare up.
  • People experiencing asthma-like symptoms for the first time should visit their GP for assessment and advice, and if appropriate, develop an asthma management plan.
  • An asthma attack can threaten life – call triple zero (000) for an ambulance in an emergency and tell the operator that someone is having an asthma attack.
  • Find out more about asthma and its treatment – this will help improve asthma control and help you feel more confident to look after yourself, your child or anyone in your care.
  • A range of programs and services are available to support Australians with asthma.
  • Read More >

STI testing

STI testing

Health & Wellness

21-09-2019

If you’re sexually active, you can get a sexually transmissible infection (STI) – even if you practice safe sex most of the time. It’s estimated that around one in every six people will get an STI in their lifetime.

There are many different STIs – including chlamydiagonorrhoeasyphilisMycoplasma genitaliumgenital herpesscabiespubic lice (crabs), shigellosis, some types of hepatitis and HIV – and not all of them have obvious symptoms, so there is a chance that you or your partner could have an STI without knowing it.

The good news is, most STIs are curable and all are treatable. But if left untreated, STIs can have long-term effects on your body.

STI Testing Week is a timely reminder for anyone who is sexually active to take action and look after their sexual health.

 

Talk.

The last decade has seen record increases in STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, here in Victoria and across Australia. Over the past two years, we have also seen the re-emergence of congenital syphilis, including two foetal deaths. Read More >

Anxiety disorders: what you need to know

Anxiety disorders: what you need to know

Health & Wellness

29-08-2019

 

If you have an anxiety disorder you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions in Australia. There are many effective treatments for anxiety, and the sooner you get help, the more likely you are to get better. Read more here

Anxiety disorders: what you need to know

Tackle hangovers head on with LiviUp

Tackle hangovers head on with LiviUp

Health & Wellness

22-08-2019

Combines natural ingredients to reduce the effects of alcohol on body and mind. Protects the liver and helps the body to detox.

Available instore now. Speak to one of our team to see if this product may help you.

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Men’s nutrition for life

Men’s nutrition for life

Health & Wellness

13-08-2019

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Good nutrition has many benefits, contributing to healthy weight, quality of life and wellbeing, and protecting against chronic disease.

Did you know that men in Australia have a shorter life expectancy than Australian women, on average, and die from preventable causes more often than women?

While this current statistic isn’t so positive if you are an Australian man, the good news is that diet is arguably the single most important behavioural risk factor that you can improve. This can then have a significant positive impact on your health. 

While nutritional needs will change across a man’s lifecycle, healthy eating principles remain the same.

Find out more about how to eat healthily for your stage in life.

It’s Hot Hands weather!

It’s Hot Hands weather!

Health & Wellness

22-07-2019

Places you’ll wish you brought Hot Hands:
🏂 To the snow
🏐🏉 Watching your kids play netball or football on a freezing day
⛺️ Camping

Don’t be caught out. Make sure you’ve got your Hot Hands for hands or toes packed. They provide 8-10 hours of heat to keep your hands or feet comfortable and warm.

Only $1.99 for one pair, available now.

📸 photo credit @lowecreekoutdoors via @hothands_brand

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Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel Cancer Screening

Health & Wellness

08-07-2019

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in Australia, with around 80 people dying from the disease each week. Once you reach 50 years of age, your risk of bowel cancer increases.

Screening for bowel cancer in people who do not have any symptoms and are between 50 and 74 years helps to detect cancer early. Up to 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if they are detected early.

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) offers free bowel cancer detection kits to eligible people between the ages of 50 and 74 years. By 2020, all eligible people between 50 and 74 years will be offered free testing every two years.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

The NBCSP mails a kit to eligible people after specific birthdays between the ages of 50 and 74 years. Visit the NBCSP website to find information about age eligibility. Between 2015 and 2020, more ages will be added until, by 2020, all eligible people between 50 and 74 years will be sent free test kits every two years. By 2020, around four million Australians will be offered free screening each year and this could save up to 500 lives per year.

The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends screening every one to two years for people older than 50 years who do not have symptoms or a family history of bowel cancer. The screening test offered is called an immunochemical faecal occult blood test (FOBT). You can read more here

Men’s nutrition for life

Men’s nutrition for life

Health & Wellness

01-07-2019

nutrition for life men banner image

Good nutrition has many benefits, contributing to healthy weight, quality of life and wellbeing, and protecting against chronic disease.

Did you know that men in Australia have a shorter life expectancy than Australian women, on average, and die from preventable causes more often than women?

While this current statistic isn’t so positive if you are an Australian man, the good news is that diet is arguably the single most important behavioural risk factor that you can improve. This can then have a significant positive impact on your health. 

While nutritional needs will change across a man’s lifecycle, healthy eating principles remain the same.

Find out more about how to eat healthily for your stage in life.