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Laughter is the best medicine


There is good evidence that a hearty laugh has many health benefits. Disclaimer: Please note this information was correct at time of publication. For up to date information, speak to your doctor.

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Butter or margarine?


The Heart Foundation recommends margarine over butter. Margarine has less ‘bad’ saturated fat and more healthy unsaturated fats and helps keep your cholesterol in check. Margarine with added ‘plant sterols’ is even better. Margarine and butter are equally fattening so, whichever spread you choose, use it sparingly. From: Australian Healthy Food Guide. Disclaimer: Please

Roast tomato frittata


This delicious low-fat, low-joule frittata serves 4. Preparation time: 10min. Cooking time: 1hr. Ingredients Cooking oil spray 250g punnet cherry tomatoes 3 eggs 3 egg whites 200g low-fat ricotta ½ cup extra-light sour cream 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 60g baby rocket leaves, to serve Method Step 1 Preheat oven to

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Is your child getting enough exercise?


Exercise is vital for children. As well as fighting obesity, it builds strong bones and cardiovascular fitness. It also helps reduce stress and enhances self-esteem. Exercise in childhood helps establish a ­routine that could persist throughout life. There are 2 golden rules for children: 1. Children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous

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Influenza shots for children



Influenza is a serious disease in children, who are at high risk of complications such as pneumonia. The flu can also aggravate chronic health problems such as asthma. 30% of young Australian children get the flu each year and nearly 1,500 are hospitalised. Who should be vaccinated? The seasonal flu vaccine can be given to

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Diabetes. Regular eye checks are vital.



All people with diabetes should have regular eye checks. Diabetes can cause loss of vision and blindness which is preventable if detected early. When was your last check? Diabetes damages the very fine blood vessels in the retina (diabetic retinopathy). The retina is a thin layer lining the inner surface of the eye. Diabetic retinopathy

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When is your next Pap smear due?


Are you one of the 40% of women who are not having a Pap smear every 2 years? Regular Pap smears can detect early changes in the cells of the cervix (neck of the womb) which may lead to cancer if untreated. All women over 18 who have ever had sex ­(including with other women)

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Acupuncture. Does it really work?


Acupuncture (AP) has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years for pain and other conditions. It is now popular in western society, but is it effective? What is acupuncture? Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body (acupoints) with thin metal needles or low dose laser. According to TCM, pain and

Hungry young woman choosing slice of cake as comfort food from the fridge

Comfort eating. Do you eat to relieve stress?


Do you sometimes comfort yourself with food when you are stressed, angry, bored, sad or lonely? Comfort eating can derail your efforts to lose weight and can lead to significant weight gain. Fortunately, there are strategies which can help you take control. The key to losing weight is low-fat, high-fibre eating and regular exercise. However,

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Flu vaccine now free for more people



Anyone at risk of serious health ­complications from the flu can now get free seasonal flu vaccine from their GP after the government recently extended the free flu vaccine ­program. An additional 2.2 million Australians are now eligible for the free* ­vaccine, including: Those with chronic health conditions, e.g. Heart disease Lung conditions such as


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