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Healthy Lifestyle Key For Those With Poor Mental Health

While being diagnosed with a serious mental health condition like schizophrenia can have devastating consequences for patients, many don’t realise how much their physical health may suffer too. The life expectancy for people with schizophrenia is around 10 – 25 years less than the general population. They also have two to three times the risk [...]

Soft Drink Sugar Overload The Tip Of Unhealthy Teen Behaviour

One in six teenage boys who drinks excessive amounts of soft drink is also more likely to be watching too much television and not getting enough sleep, a survey of Australian high school students reveals. Teenagers who drink at least a litre of soft drink each week, considered "heavy consumers', are also more likely to skimp [...]

The 10 Things Australia Needs To Do To Improve Health

iStock Images In Australia, one in every two people has a chronic disease. These diseases, such as cancer, mental illness and heart disease, reduce quality of life and can lead to premature death. Younger generations are increasingly at risk. Crucially, one-third of the disease burden could be prevented and chronic diseases often share [...]

Prenatal Fruit Consumption Boosts Babies’ Cognitive Development

Andrea Ballas and her son Matthew are participants in the study. Credit: Ross Neitz Most people have heard the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." It's an old truth that encompasses more than just apples—eating fruit in general is well known to reduce risk for a wide variety of [...]

Cancer: Diet ‘Cures’ Are Killing Young People, Say Top Oncologist YOUNG cancer patients are dying because they are refusing science-based medical treatment, instead choosing to “cure” their disease through diet, says one of Australia’s top oncologists. And the rise of “wellness bloggers” like Belle Gibson and Jess Ainscough on social media means an increasing number of patients are using “exclusion diets” as an alternative treatment. In [...]

How to Talk to Kids About Food

Talking to your child about food can be daunting. Children are becoming more and more conscious of their bodies, people’s comments, and what and how they eat at an increasingly young age. They look to adult role models in their life to help them build a healthy relationship with food, but many of us, through [...]

Will following Positive Psychology Advice make You Happier and Healthier?

Despite heavily-marketed claims to the contrary, positive psychology interventions do not consistently improve mental or physical health and well-being. The myth that these interventions are efficacious is perpetuated by a mutually-admiring, self-promotional collective that protects its claims from independent peer review and scrutiny. As with the positive psychology intervention literature, it is a quick leap [...]

How Successful People Stay Calm

1. They appreciate what they have 2. They avoid asking "what if" 3. They stay positive 4. They disconnect 5. They limit their caffeine intake 6. They sleep 7. They squash negative self-talk 8. They reframe their perspective 9. They breathe 10. They use their support system. - Patrick Begley via How to stay calm and be [...]

6 Ways to Improve Your Emotional Health

Improving Emotional Health To be emotionally healthy is to be in control of one’s emotions and behaviour. This helps to handle the challenges in life and to build strong relationships. Maintaining your emotional health requires the same, if not more, effort to maintain your physical health. Being emotionally healthy doesn’t mean never experiencing bad times [...]

How a Kit Kat is classified as ‘healthy’

Food companies are advertising products such as Kit Kats and Coco Pops to children because they are classified as healthy by their own nutritional standards. A NSW Cancer Council analysis found that 63 per cent of food that appeared in television advertisements was considered unhealthy under Food Standards Australia New Zealand nutrient profiling. The analysis [...]

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