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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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HIF Executive Manager Anne Humphrey joined the Everyday Health TV panel to provide clarity and discuss the tax benefits of purchasing a private hospital insurance policy.
Are you a fan of tomato soup, especially on a cold winter’s day? We certainly are, which is why we asked our resident food guru, Helen from Scrummy Lane for a warm and cheery recipe that all our fans can enjoy. This “Roasted butternut squash and tomato dish” combines roasted butternut squash, chopped onion and chicken stock with some health-boosting turmeric, fresh ginger, garlic and tomatoes. Even better, it only takes 30 minutes to make. Delicious!
Exciting news! HIF has partnered with Everyday Health, a brand new show on Channel 10 which will air for 13 weeks from today through to September. Click through to find out more...
Do you live a sedentary lifestyle? If you’ve answered yes, it may be time to think about your overall health and well-being. According to Matt, owner of Fuller Fitness, “An inactive lifestyle can lead to many problems including back pain, poor flexibility, decreased mobility, joint pain, stiffness and poor cardiovascular function.” The good news, however, is that there are many forms of exercise which can help to keep our spines stronger in the years to come. In this article, Matt offers his advice on the training programs we can implement, and also explains the importance of good technique and form.
When did you last take time out for yourself? Whether it be relaxing at home, sleeping as long as you wanted to, enjoying some family time or simply switching off from all electronic equipment, the chances are you can't even remember, especially on a weekend. In fact, Susie says, "The demands of modern life mean that we now exist in a state of constant frenzy and are more likely to feel stressed, overwhelmed and far from flourishing come Monday morning." After seeing her clients experience feelings of exhaustion for many years, Susie recommends a "Sacred Sunday’ - a day, even just once a month in which we allocate ourselves nothing to do – a mini break to re-centre and find ourselves. In this article, Susie suggests some fun activities and explains the importance of enjoying the smaller things in life.
This vegetarian zucchini omelette by health guru Susie, is super healthy, packs a ton of flavor and is ready in no time. This delicious dish combines eggs, finely grated zucchini, crumbled feta cheese, fresh mushrooms, tomatoes and capsicums. Yum!
The topic of health insurance has been debated heavily in the media in recent months, and while most people understand the importance of Private Hospital Cover, the benefits of Extras Cover are sometimes less obvious. With this mind we asked Matt for his advice on the benefits of Extras Cover when it comes to fitness training and recovery. Here’s what he told us...
What’s your plans for dinner this evening? If you need some inspiration for a healthy home-cooked meal, why not try this scrumptious “Jerk Salmon with Yoghurt Potatoes” recipe by food guru Helen from Scrummy Lane. According to Helen, "This recipe has a little bit of heat and a lot of taste. Just marinate the salmon in a spicy herb mixture, then pan fry and serve on a bed of yoghurt-y potatoes. With so many fresh and zingy flavours, this is one dish you simply have to try”.
How much cheese is too much cheese? According to HIF health expert Susie Burrell, "Unfortunately, there is no escaping the fact that even though it tastes so good, nor whether it is feta, cheddar, Parmesan, ricotta or Brie - it is cheese, it is high in fat. However, nutritionally cheese has a number of positive qualities. While it does mean that you may need to limit your Bries and full strength cheddar's to special occasions, it does also mean that you can enjoy the lower fat ricotta and cottage cheeses more regularly and you do not need to ever revert to the bland low-fat varieties of cheese, which really do not taste much like real cheese at all." In this post, Susie answers a reader’s question by explaining how we can still enjoy cheese without having to worry about our waistlines.