How can you recognise when stress is a problem?

How can you recognise when stress is a problem?

Health & Wellness

28-05-2021

Stress isn’t always a bad thing – sometimes it helps you get through a tough situation by making you feel more alert and capable. But it can also be overwhelming and affect your quality of life.
How can you recognise when stress is a problem? Some questions you can ask yourself include:
– Can you switch off when you want to rest? Or can you not stop thinking?
– Are you coping? Or do little things get you down?
– Do you feel mostly calm? Or do you feel irritable?
 
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Anxiety and depression that occur during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth are known as perinatal depression (PND)

Anxiety and depression that occur during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth are known as perinatal depression (PND)

Health & Wellness

04-05-2021

Anxiety and depression that occur during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth are known as perinatal depression (PND).
How can you tell if your feelings are ‘normal’ for a new or expecting parent or if you might need to seek help for PND?
PANDA’s mental health checklists for expecting and new parents are a useful guide.
 
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Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health

Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health

Health & Wellness

22-04-2021

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 Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.

Physical activity does not have to be vigorous or done for long periods in order to improve your health. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise – around 75 minutes per week – improved their fitness levels significantly, when compared to a non-exercising group.

Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace. You can get out and walk without worrying about the risks associated with some more vigorous forms of exercise. Walking is also a great form of physical activity for people who are overweight, elderly, or who haven’t exercised in a long time.

Walking for fun and fitness isn’t limited to strolling by yourself around local neighbourhood streets. There are various clubs, venues and strategies you can use to make walking an enjoyable and social part of your lifestyle.

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Watch out for gastro

Watch out for gastro

Health & Wellness

12-04-2021

Some germs can be effectively removed from our hands by using hand sanitiser. Others can’t.
For example, hand sanitiser does not work well to prevent the spread of gastro.
So if someone in your household is sick with gastro, the best way to prevent the spread is by washing your hands the old-fashioned way, with soap and water.
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Flu (influenza)

Flu (influenza)

Health & Wellness

24-03-2021

  • Influenza is a viral disease that causes widespread illness every year.
  • Immunising people who are at risk of complications from the flu is the most important way we have to reduce the number of flu infections and deaths.
  • Influenza immunisation is recommended for people in known high-risk groups.
  • People who work or live with people who are at risk of serious complications should also be immunised to avoid spreading the flu.
  • The vaccine cannot give you a dose of flu because it does not contain any live virus.

Read the full fact sheet

Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes

Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes

Health & Wellness

27-02-2021

To avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:
– Wear long, loose fitting light-coloured clothes outdoors
– Use repellents containing picaridin or DEET on exposed skin
– Avoid mosquito-prone areas, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are more active and likely to bite
– Ensure that insect screens fitted to doors and windows around the home are in good condition
– Reduce mosquito numbers by getting rid of stagnant water around the home or campsites.
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Time to dig out the school hats and lunchboxes

Time to dig out the school hats and lunchboxes

Health & Wellness

28-01-2021

Victoria’s school children head back into the fray this week and next. Time to dig out the school hats and lunchboxes and hope nothing from last term has been growing in there over the summer.
Here are a few tips we hope will come in handy for the start to school:
🥚Beginning the day with breakfast http://ow.ly/HgCD50Dh3Fe

 
🍎Healthy lunchbox ideas http://ow.ly/jaJC50Dh3Fd

 
👒Skin protection for children http://ow.ly/AMKB50Dh3Fb

 
🏫Managing asthma at school http://ow.ly/zmgn50Dh3Fa

 
🥪Managing diabetes at school http://ow.ly/L8rT50Dh3Fc

 
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Jack N’ Jill Kids toothpastes are non-toxic

Jack N’ Jill Kids toothpastes are non-toxic

Health & Wellness

16-01-2021

Toddlers are notorious for swallowing toothpaste instead of spitting it out!
Jack N’ Jill Kids toothpastes are non-toxic, safe to swallow and made with organic, natural flavours so you no longer have to worry.
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The best time to be vaccinated against HPV is in your early teens

The best time to be vaccinated against HPV is in your early teens

Health & Wellness

04-01-2021

The best time to be vaccinated against HPV is in your early teens. That’s why students are usually vaccinated in year 7 at school. Remote learning in Victoria during parts of 2020 means that some children may have missed out.
Not sure if your child was vaccinated? Now is the time to check with your local council immunisation service or your GP.
Learn more about getting vaccinated against HPV
 
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