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23/05/2014 - 9:43pm

Many people use exercise as a way to achieve their goal weight, but it's important to remember that physical activity is crucial for good health no matter what you weigh. It helps build muscle and bone and it can even work as a form of stress-relief in a busy day.

Children are at an especially vulnerable stage of life, where attitudes towards exercise can be entrenched for good.  A new study has emphasised that even children at a healthy weight level should be encouraged to enjoy regular exercise. 

23/05/2014 - 9:43pm

A healthy level of exercise provides a variety of benefits for the human body. The right kind of physical activity can help to strengthen muscles and support better bone health, while improving cardiorespiratory fitness and helping to manage weight.

It's important for everyone to engage in the right level of physical activity for their fitness level and age, but motivation levels can be hard to keep up. The Australian government is hoping to keep Australians engaged through an initiative called Exercise Right Week.

21/05/2014 - 11:43am

It's easy to think about getting active and exercising when the sun's out, but can you keep up your motivation throughout the long cold months of winter? 

A suitable level of physical activity is one of the keys to better physical health, but many people find their dedication starts to disappear along with the balmy weather. While it may be more difficult to get out and about during winter, exercise is essential all year round.

13/05/2014 - 9:45pm

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is coming up and many soccer fans around the world are looking forward to this highly anticipated event. However, if you're preparing to make your own trip to Brazil there are a few extra precautions you are advised to take.

The South Australian government recently released an alert for all citizens travelling to the country, to be mindful of the dangers of yellow fever. While the disease is not a risk in Australia, it is more common among many South American countries - including Brazil.

13/05/2014 - 9:43pm

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the findings of their latest Australian Health Survey, and the results reveal some interesting facts about the state of our nutrition habits as a nation.

30/04/2014 - 6:40pm

Many people feel guilty if they reach for a second or third cup of coffee to get them through that mid-morning slump, but new research suggests that topping up your mug could actually be doing your health a favour.

The study was led by researchers Dr Frank Hu and Dr Shilpa Bhupathiraju from Harvard University's Department of Nutrition in the Harvard School of Public Health, and examined the relationship between coffee consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes over a four year period.

24/04/2014 - 3:48pm

Investing in private health insurance may be even easier for those considering making the decision, as it has been revealed that healthcare workers are the most trusted, ethical and honest of Australian professionals according to public opinion.

The top three spots of Roy Morgan's 'Roy Morgan Image of Professions Survey 2014' all went to those in the healthcare and medical industry, with nurses taking first place and doctors and pharmacists coming in equal for second place out of 30 professions.

23/04/2014 - 7:59pm

You may think factors in early life have nothing to do with your wellbeing as an adult, but one US study from researchers at Northwestern University has found some links between the two.

In the study, it was revealed that there may be a link between a lower birth weight and those either breastfed for less than three months or not at all, and higher rates of chronic inflammation that contributes to cardiovascular disease as a young adult.

17/04/2014 - 4:10pm

People categorised as 'obese' may run the risk of deterioration of bone density and muscle mass, which further underscores the need for private health insurance for those with pre-existing health conditions.

Researchers from the Florida State University have named the link between obesity and muscle mass and bone density "osteosarcopenic obesity" in the May 2014 issue of Ageing Research Reviews.

15/04/2014 - 9:39pm

The essential vitamin, vitamin D, is not as abundant as you'd expect in Australia, with four million Australian adults displaying deficiencies in the vitamin in 2011-2012.

The data was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today (April 15), and showed 23 per cent of Australian adults had a vitamin D deficiency.

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