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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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Heart disease is the single biggest killer in Australia. But most risk factors for heart disease are lifestyle based. Knowing the risks and making changes in your daily life can reduce your chance of developing heart disease and suffering a heart attack.
Have you ever found yourself setting your ideal fitness goals but not actually mustering up the motivation to follow them through? Don't worry you're not alone, this is something our resident fitness expert Matt Fuller has seen many times, according to Matt "Self-belief is power. Believe you can make a positive change and that way you will stay focussed and be on-track to succeed. Keeping your goals and working towards your results takes discipline, mental strength and a touch of arrogance. First work out your plan and leave the desired result out for the moment." In this article, Matt provides his advice on how to create a plan to motivate yourself and the benefits you can gain.
Is travelling your dietary downfall? According to Susie, "If you regularly jet set around the country for work you will know how difficult it can be to keep your diet on track. Plane food, airports, hotels and conferences are just some of the locations which can make finding fresh, nutritious and carb controlled foods very difficult." With this in mind, Susie provides her six simple steps to help keep our diets on the healthy track when working away from home.
The Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) remains one of Australia’s most competitively priced health insurance funds following the Federal Government’s premium increase announcement on February 10.
By the age of 15, the average Australian child will have more than 50 moles on their body. Regular self-examinations and specialist appointments to check on moles and other spots ensure early detection and treatment of skin cancers.
Are you a fan of chocolate truffles? If you've answered yes, then you'll adore these guilt-free raw treats. Combining crunchy cashews, fresh orange juice, pitted dates, dried sultanas, and raw cacao – these tasty snacks are guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate craving. For recipe instruction, check out this short video demo from our very own food guru Helen.
Loneliness - what exactly is it? According to Dr Happy, "It is one of the most significant contributors to poor health and disability. Unfortunately, it is on the rise and the remedy is not as simple as finding more friends or spending more time with others. In this article, Dr. Happy offers his advice on how to deal with loneliness and the importance of appreciating the loved ones in our lives.
A pregnant woman may have pre-eclampsia with no signs of the condition, so regular ante-natal check-ups are required to check. More cases of pre-eclampsia occur in first rather than subsequent pregnancies. The only cure is to deliver the baby.
Did you have a booze free January? According to our resident GP, Dr. Sam, "With the festive season well and truly over, the month of January is usually time for sober session to kick in - or as our friends in the UK would call it, "Dry January". Whilst he agrees that abstaining from alcohol for 31 days is a great way to make up for any over indulgence; it's important to note that any short-term health benefits will be erased if previous drinking patterns return. As January comes to an end, we caught up with Dr Sam to hear more about his thoughts on this campaign and his advice on what a “safe” amount of alcohol is to drink.
Many of us make resolutions at the start of a new year to be healthier but do your health resolutions for 2017 include improving your dental health? Healthy teeth can lead to a better smile and overall better health, so if you've decided to make your teeth a priority this year, follow Dr. Emma's four simple steps to ensure your smile is in tip top shape.