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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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As the 2016 HIF Clip of the Season gets underway, we caught up with entrants Billy Harrison and India Robinson who have been selected to go to the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Portugal. Here are their thoughts on the upcoming event...
We all know that winter months usually mean thick socks, heater hugging and cosy nights in front of the TV. Regrettably though, Susie Burrell says, “These actions usually result in many of us going off track when it comes to our diet and lifestyle resolutions. Too much chocolate, training sessions skipped in favour of more doona time and plenty of comfort food often means one thing – weight gain. With this in mind (and considering Spring is only a few weeks away) we thought we’d share this latest post from our Healthy Lifestyle Blog. In this article, Susie offers her advice on the food swaps we can make to ensure we can enjoy our favourite comfort foods, without the extra kilos to match.
Do you struggle to say no to sweet treats at family occasions and other celebratory meals? Don’t worry, we do too. Which is why we asked our resident health guru, Susie Burrell for her advice on how to stay healthy during those “special dinners”. Here's what she told us...
Are you constantly juggling work, kids, long commutes and family pressures? Don't worry, you're not alone. According to Susie, "The constant time pressures and stressors in our lives mean that we're not an overly healthy bunch. Up to 60% of us are battling weight issues; more than 1 million of us have diabetes, and as we get older, most of us are getting heavier and less healthy." In this post, Susie talks about her 30 day Shape Me Plan and its aim to promote and maintain an easy and enjoyable weight loss program.
How long do I have to wear my retainers? If you’ve ever worn braces before, this is probably the first question you asked your dentist. According to Dr Emma. “After months and months of sporting dental hardware, it's not surprising that people are keen to have their mouths free of metal. The answer however; is pretty disappointing - you need to wear your retainers for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight. Why? Well, essentially, retainers keep teeth from moving back into the position from which they started. Without being held in place by retainers, your post-braces teeth will drift back to the most natural position they can find.” In this article Dr Emma discusses the main differences between a fixed and removable retainer and explains why wearing one for life is the only way to keep our teeth straight after orthodontic treatment.
New South Wales surfers can rest a little easier now after HIF and Surfing NSW have deployed a dedicated shark monitoring jet-ski to oversee competitors in local waters. HIF Managing Director Graeme Gibson said,“We’re a coastal community where Australians love their water sports and surfing is one of the most popular activities. Our commitment is to help improve the safety of surfing participants. HIF is proud to support events that encourage healthy activity and surfing is one that is becoming more and more popular with participants of all ages, ranging from school age right through to the more mature, veteran surfers.”
To celebrate Dental Health Week, we thought we'd take a moment to share this short video of HIF member Matt and his adorable son Xander. In it, Matt talks about his HIF membership and explains us why being able to choose his own dentist was the single biggest factor when considering his private health insurance provider.
In recognition of Dental Health Week, our resident dental blogger Dr Emma caught up with Everyday Health TV to provide her top tips on a preventive, hands-on approach to your oral health care.
Did you know that using momentum during strength training can be counterproductive? According to our resident fitness guru, Claire, owner of LAFIT Studio, "Using momentum reduces tension on the muscles, reducing the effectiveness of the exercise and increasing your risk of injury." In this article, Claire discusses some simple principles on how to maximise our workouts.
HIF member Claire Chidgzey discusses her key life changes and explains the important role her private health insurance played during the premature birth of her gorgeous baby girl, Inez.