Welcome to our blog.
We understand how important health is to you and your loved ones. That's why we've recruited a team of experts to provide great advice on how to stay happy and healthy. Our panel includes top Australian nutritionist Susie Burrell, dental health expert Dr Emma and professional fitness coaches Matt Fuller & Claire Chidgzey, plus tasty recipes from food blogger Helen Schofield. You'll also find all the latest news from HIF right here, to keep you updated on both company and industry news and announcements.
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Flossing our teeth is something we're supposed to do on a regular basis, yet a new review by the Associated Press states there's little evidence to support the effectiveness of floss - so why do dentists worldwide still recommend it? We caught up with our resident dental health blogger, Dr. Emma, to hear her thoughts on this topic...
Is technology affecting your health? With the convenience it offers it's hard to consider the negative impact that technology has on our health, but technology addiction might do you more harm than you think.
Did you know by the time you get home from work each day, 35 Australians will have been diagnosed with Melanoma. Even worse five will have died. According to Dr. Sam, "While it’s a relatively rare skin cancer, only making up 2% of all skin cancers, it’s the deadliest. It grows and spreads quickly and that’s why it causes 75% of skin cancer deaths in Australia". With this in mind Dr Sam provides a comprehensive overview of the the facts surrounding Melanoma and what we we do to prevent it.
Did you know that one of the most common causes of stress stems from the workplace? According to Psychologist and our newest mental health blogger, Dr Happy, "1 in 5 Australians take time off every year because they feel stressed, anxious or depressed; and this figure is more than twice as high (46%) when workers believe their place of employment is not mentally healthy." With this in mind, we asked Tim for his top ten tips for manage stress in the workplace.
In a first for the Australian health insurance industry, HIF will provide new members greater choice, by enabling a third gender and "Mx" title option on all of its contact points, catering for thousands of people who identify as neither male nor female...
More and more members are telling us that public hospitals are actively pressuring them to be admitted as a private patient. Do you know your rights when you’re asked the question “Do you have private hospital cover?”
Diet trends – they’re everywhere, but are they food fads or sensible eating? According to HIF health expert Susie Burrell, "As we learn more and more about nutrition, and with the number of ‘experts’ out there publishing diet books increasing, it inevitably leads to the propagation of new diet beliefs and trends (whether or not there is evidence to support them)." In this article, Susie discusses the latest food trends including, “Swapping back to full cream milk”, “Sushi is a healthy choice” and “We should all be eating Paleo” and offers her advice on the nutritional science behind these trends.
Do you get sweet cravings after dinner? If you've answered yes, then why not try a 4-ingredient fruit popsicles instead? According to HIF food guru, Helen from Scrummy Lane, "These delicious popsicles include fresh strawberries, greek yogurt, crunchy pistachios and smooth honey – so there's certainly nothing to feel guilty about. You don't need to stop there either, as strawberries aren’t your only option. You can try blueberries, peaches, pineapple, and raspberries instead." We hope you enjoy!
Following HIF's 2014 CANSTAR award for Private Hospital Cover (WA), this year HIF has won five of the industry acclaimed awards with yet another five-star rating in both Hospital and Extras packages for Outstanding Value.
Are boot camps now an exercise fad? According to HIF fitness blogger Matt Fuller, "My own view and opinion of boot camps is that a bigger brother has stepped in and taken over. By this I mean CrossFit - this sport and style of training has taken training to a whole new level with its hard, intimidating and aggressive style of training. What we need to remember though is that fitness (and fads) will always evolve, but that doesn’t mean we should ever be discouraged." In this article, Matt explains the importance of confidence and focusing only on your own needs, wants and goals.