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A second chance at love: Why adopt an older pet

Kittens and puppies are very cute, but adopting an older pet can be really rewarding – for both of you.

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Lifestyle

Is laughter really the best medicine?

There's some truth to the saying – laughter really is good for you.

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Lifestyle

3 good reasons to eat with the seasons

Here's why you should fill up on fresh, seasonal produce.

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Lifestyle

Play like a girl: 8 AFLW players you need to know

Keep an eye on these amazing women making Australian sporting history.

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Lifestyle

6 ways to sneak exercise into your work day

No time to exercise? Here are some easy ways to get moving at the office.

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Lifestyle

The community garden

As cities grow bigger and living spaces get smaller, connecting with the land is more important than

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Lifestyle

The effects of kindness

Can a lawyer change his life by reading a short stack of self-help books in one week?

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Lifestyle

Sign of affection

Why the love heart is the most iconic icon of all time

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Lifestyle

Forces of nature

Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have consumed mind-altering plants to change their perception

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Hearts and minds

A look at the growing connection between what we feel and how we think.

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13 easy ways to be more active at work

Here are some simple ways you can get moving throughout the day.

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Lifestyle

How runner Gen LaCaze stays motivated and focused

The steeplechase champ describes how she achieves her best – physically and mentally.

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Lifestyle

5 reasons to try an outdoor gym

Like a playground, but better. Here's why you should give outdoor fitness a go.

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7 delicious ways to enjoy avocado

Oh-so-tasty ideas for your favourite creamy avo.

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5 outdoor adventures you have to try

The mountains, rivers and hiking trails are calling.

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Lifestyle

Can origami help you achieve mindfulness?

Fold your way to a calmer mind. The soothing art of origami can double as a mindfulness tool.

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Lifestyle

7 things I learnt from a 7-day digital detox

Could you use a break to disconnect and recharge?

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Lifestyle

How to create your perfect summer fitness plan

Reboot your fitness this summer and feel strong, bright and energised.

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Lifestyle

7 ways to get active in spring

Here are some fun ways to mix up your workout in the warmer months.

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Lifestyle

5 relaxing yoga poses for the work week

This relaxing sequence of yoga poses will have you feeling rejuvenated.

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Lifestyle

Parkrun: What to expect

Want to give parkrun a go? Here's everything you need to know for your first time.

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Lifestyle

4 ways to prevent running injuries

Look after your body while you run. Here's how to lower your chances of getting injured.

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Lifestyle

How to start running with your kids

Find out how exercising with your kids is beneficial for both of you.

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Lifestyle

Making the decision to Donate Life

Talk to your loved ones about your wishes and register your decision online.

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Lifestyle

The history of the stethoscope

Brilliant ideas often spring from unlikely places, like the playful history of the stethoscope

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Lifestyle

Winter bike riding tips

Tour De France winner Cadel Evans tells you how to keep bike riding through the winter months.

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6 essential apps for mind and body

Want to fuel your body, reach those targets and tune your mind? Let these apps sweat it out for you.

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How to create the perfect morning routine

Mornings deserve to be designed - here are 5 tips to curate the start to a perfect day.

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Lifestyle

Healthy school lunchbox ideas

Healthy kids are happy kids with this innovative school lunch ideas.

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Lifestyle

How to choose a bike helmet for your child

Cadel Evans tells you what you need to look out for when purchasing a bike helmet.

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Lifestyle

Keeping kids safe: Bike and road safety essentials

Cadel Evans touches on bike equipment safety and being observant on and around roads.

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Lifestyle

Kids’ bike maintenance 101

Few are more qualified than Cadel Evans to give tips on maintaining your bike.

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Lifestyle

How bike riding boosts kids’ health

Discover why bike riding is good for children and the different ways it helps them to develop.

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Lifestyle

6 reasons why every kid should learn to ride a bike

Get Cadel Evans' insight on why every kid should learn to ride a bike.

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6 reasons why balance bikes are great for kids

Need to know why your child should learn to ride bikes on a balance bike? Cadel Evans answers

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How to choose a balance bike for your child

A guide to buying the best bike for your little one.

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Lifestyle

7 easy ways to get active in winter

Take a look at a list of activities to keep your heart racing during the dreary winter months

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Lifestyle

15 bush tucker ingredients you should know

Try using bush tucker ingredients in your cooking for delicious native Australian flavour.

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Lifestyle

10 fitness and wellbeing podcasts to get you inspired

Supercharge your motivation, learn something new, and be entertained with uplifting health podcasts.

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Lifestyle

Side Lunge

A stretch for your hips and legs.

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Pendulum Stretch

A stretch for your hamstrings and inner thighs.

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Forward Fold with a Twist

A stretch for your legs, hips, waist and shoulders.

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Lifestyle

The best way to plant seedlings

Get seedlings off to the best start with hot tips from Stephanie Alexander’s Garden Kitchen.

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Lifestyle

Your quick-start guide to running training

Whether you're gearing up for a marathon or your first 5 km, prepare your mind, body and wardrobe.

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Lifestyle

How to play better basketball: Advanced tips

Want to improve your technique when going for that three-pointer? Aimie Clydesdale shows you how.

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How to play better basketball

Warm up and shoot like a pro with tips from professional player Aimie Clydesdale.

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Lifestyle

How barre workouts get you long and lean

Barre founder Cat Woods sits down for an interview to discuss how to prepare for her workouts.

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Lifestyle

How to support someone experiencing domestic violence

1800RESPECT shares how you can help support family and friends affected by domestic violence.

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Good Cycles

A bike shop and mobile mechanic that helps disadvantaged people build their skills and find employment.

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Lifestyle

7 ways volunteering can improve your life

Giving to your community is a two way street. Here's how volunteering can enrich your life.

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Lifestyle

6 ways to keep your heart healthy

Give your heart some love and care and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attack.

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Lifestyle

The first step to better health for Australia

Most of us think about making healthy changes at least weekly. What stops us from making the leap?

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Lifestyle

How to do a daily digital detox

Australian's spend more time scrolling than sleeping. Here's how to take time to recharge yourself.

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Lifestyle

Conscious threads

Live simply, travel mindfully and keep active - Patagonia creates for exploring responsibly.

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7 ways to enjoy pomegranates

Interested to try pomegranate in some new ways?

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Lifestyle

How to make a rain gauge for the garden

Take your gardening to the next level with this simple, kid-friendly weather project.

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Lifestyle

High intensity interval training: The fast track to fitness results

Here’s how to use HIIT to improve your fitness, strength and fat burning in just 30 minutes.

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Lifestyle

Autumn kitchen garden guide

Love autumn produce? Here are some hints for planting and harvesting this autumn.

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Lifestyle

Hula hooping: Get fit, tone up and have fun

Hoop dance teacher Deanne Love tells us why hula hooping is a great full body workout.

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Lifestyle

How to make chilli strings

Do your kids love being involved in the kitchen? Try making chilli strings!

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Lifestyle

Modern family

What is a "family"? We take a look at the history and future of Australian households.

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Lifestyle

6 post-Mardi Gras hangover tips

Couldn’t say no to that second rainbow cocktail? Soothe your party fever with these tips.

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Lifestyle

How to grow a better garden

Grow your skills as well as your garden, with helpful advice from a green-thumbed horticulturist.

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Lifestyle

The secrets of a healthy lifestyle

Healthy lifestyles are born from habit. Here's how to create your own healthy habits today.

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Lifestyle

5 simple ways to relieve stress (without chocolate biscuits)

Feeling overwhelmed? Calm and recharge yourself with these positive stress-reducing techniques.

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Lifestyle

Why we should eat more mussels

Sustainable and nutrient-rich, these succulent shellfish gems are the perfect addition to our plates

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Lifestyle

How to make better pizza

Step up your pizza game with a lesson from Melbourne's own Pizza Champion, Johnny Di Francesco.

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Lifestyle

6 creative developments in health tech

Sci-fi or reality? The latest innovations in the brave new world of health tech are unbelievable.

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Lifestyle

Red Cross: Summer disaster relief

The Red Cross helps to rebuild communities after extensive natural disaster damage.

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Lifestyle

5 tips for summer weddings

Be a cool, calm and collected bride with these tips from author Alex Miles.

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Lifestyle

How to make New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually keep

Goals should improve wellbeing. Boost your New Year’s resolution with positive psychology.

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Lifestyle

The best of be. magazine 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, we remember the best of this year at be. magazine.

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Lifestyle

Healthy eating: A party season survival guide

Here's how to relish the odd festive indulgence – without too much New Year’s health regret.

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Lifestyle

The history of glasses

Where would we be without glasses? Nick Snelling takes a close look at the evolution of eyewear.

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Lifestyle

Choosing aged care accommodation

The thought of aged care for your loved ones can be daunting - here’s some tips to ease the strain.

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Lifestyle

Stand up paddle boarding: A sport with something for everyone

Discover the relaxing and exhilarating experience of stand-up paddleboarding.

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Lifestyle

3 tips for getting kids to wear sunscreen

Creating sunscreen habits for your kid is important - here’s a few tips on how to get started.

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Lifestyle

A bush escape

Escape to Dunkeld for a rejuvenating blend of wholesome food, local history and the great outdoors

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Lifestyle

Why we should grow our own food

A word from Herbert Peabody, the much-loved farmer in Bianca Ross’s lovely children’s book series.

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Lifestyle

How to work out together, apart

5 ways Fitbit will help you stay connected with your partner while running solo.

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Lifestyle

5 reasons to walk to work

5 reasons why you should start walking to work in the morning.

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Lifestyle

A day at Medibank Wave Warriors – what to expect

What you can expect from a day at the Medibank Wave Warriors.

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Lifestyle

5 reasons to work on your sleep

From weight management to happiness - here’s a handful of reasons you should work on your sleep.

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Lifestyle

How Fitbit can boost your family’s health

Fitbit is a handy device that can show whether your family is getting enough exercise.

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Lifestyle

5 sneaky ways to move more during the day

5 ways to help you reach the required 10,000 steps a day – it's easier than you think.

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Lifestyle

What kids should eat on sports days

Get young athletes fuelled up so they can give it their best shot. Here's a delicious day plan

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Lifestyle

10 small changes to kickstart your fitness

Refresh and recharge your health this spring with a few small changes to your daily routine.

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Lifestyle

Why surf lifesaving is the perfect kids’ sport

Medibank Wave Warriors gets kids involved in the surf, which will benefit them in numerous ways.

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Lifestyle

How to break the sugary drink habit

What you need to know about sugary drinks – and why you should choose lighter alternatives instead

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Lifestyle

Food for active kids

Young, active bodies need the right nutrients to stay vibrant and strong. Here's a guide.

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Lifestyle

Welcome to the Moderation Movement

Why it’s time to replace strict diets and rules with a balanced and forgiving approach to wellbeing.

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Lifestyle

The 5 day lunchbox challenge

Build a better work lunchbox with these inspired ideas – healthy, delicious and easy

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Lifestyle

Feed the family on a budget

Here’s how to cut down your weekly supermarket costs – while keeping the whole family happy

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Lifestyle

5 delicious dinners (that make excellent leftovers)

Lunch tomorrow? Sorted. These quick and nourishing dinners taste just as good the next day

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Lifestyle

The lazy cook’s guide to healthy weeknight meals

These simple hacks will have you whipping up delicious, healthy meals in no time

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Lifestyle

5 hacks for mastering the art of weekly food prep

Here's how to prep your food like a pro – in just an hour at the weekend

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Recommended reading - Issue Three Autumn 2013

Lifestyle

Getting kids into sport

We take a closer look at some of the best sports programs for kids.

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Experts

Boot shopping

Tips to choose the right boots this season.

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Experts

Use it or lose it

Activities to keep your brain fit.

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Experts

Chinese medicine for the four seasons: Autumn

Advice to maintain good health from summer to autumn.

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Community

The role of an optometrist

Optometrist Julia Kapov explains how an optometrist can help you on your journey to better health.

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Community

The joys and challenges of trail running

Matt Cooper delves into his love and knowledge of trail running.

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Lifestyle

The perfect apartment dog

They don't shed hair, they don't bark, and they don't need much space. Meet the Italian Greyhound.

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Lifestyle

Finding the purrfect feline friend

A few things to keep in mind when considering a feline addition to your household.

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Travel

Cherry blossom season

We've picked out the best spots in Japan to see these iconic flowers of spring.

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Travel

6 things to do in Singapore

Bright, clean and colourful, the island city-state of Singapore is full of contrasts.

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Lifestyle

The history of bottled water

A brief history of how we got so thirsty for bottled water.

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Community

Xtend Barre

Merging the principles of pilates with the energy of dance delivers one serious sweat.

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Recipes

Roast loin of pork with baked apples and quinoa stuffing recipe

This decadent roast is the perfect recipe for a lazy Sunday afternoon with family.

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Lifestyle

Bad fad diets

A look at some of the worst fad diets that somehow managed to gain a global following.

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Lifestyle

Bill Granger on stress-free cooking

Learn healthy habits and delicious recipes with Bill.

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Recipes

Roasted apricot yellow couscous with grilled fish recipe

Bill Granger believes in a relaxed approach to good food. Here, he shares a family favourite.

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Lifestyle

Marion Grasby on cultural and culinary diversity

Marion Grasby tells us what’s on the menu for her wedding.

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Recipes

Thai prawn fried rice recipe

Inspiring chef Marion Grasby shares one of her favourite Thai dishes.

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Community

Working out with Serena Williams

Tennis superstar Serena Williams shares workout tips for staying in peak form.

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Community

Learning from crisis

How to rethink your priorities and recalibrate your moodometer.

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Community

Big-hearted Clare Bowditch

Clare Bowditch talks mindfulness, meditation, and about being an ambassador for Smiling Mind.

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Community

Deborah Hutton’s balanced life

Deborah Hutton provides advice on ways we can achieve balance in our lives.

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Community

Chris Carroll – Walking for a cause

Medibank has a team of four walking 100km together to raise money for Oxfam.

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Lifestyle

Food on the move

Run on solar power and vegetable oil the Veggie Patch Van is bringing healthy food to you.

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Lifestyle

Literary (health) classics

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” Mark Twain

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In Brief

Move to Ikaria – fast

Frequent naps, no clocks and an abundant diet are the secrets to a long life.

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In Brief

Cloning new teeth: say “Baaaa!”

70 per cent of adults aged 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to decay.

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Lifestyle

Visualising health with Jude Bolton

AFL footballer Jude Bolton has played 300 games and won two premierships with the Sydney Swans.

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In Brief

Join in the fresh food fun

Get your hands dirty in the garden and learn how to prepare seasonal produce.

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In Brief

Work-off a factor in food labelling

How long would it take you to work off your afternoon snack?

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Lifestyle

Health Shelf – Andy Allen

Andy Allen gives us a tour of his pantry and shares some recipes from his new book.

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In Brief

A spoonful of beans…

How beans and other legumes can help type 2 diabetes sufferers.

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In Brief

Quantifying exercise

Researchers have made an incredible discovery about the effects of exercise.

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Community

A juicy idea

How Emma and Tom’s small venture has grown into a big business focused on healthy products.

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Community

Trail running gear

We recommend shoes, clothing and other gear that can optimise your trail running experience.

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Community

Bound, leap and hotfoot it across the land

A quick summary of some great trail running locations across the country.

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Community

Ambassador for a worthy cause

Haley Bracken, ovarian cancer ambassador, talks how to stay mentally and physically healthy.

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Community

Double hat trick with Ellyse Perry

Athletic prodigy Ellyse Perry on balancing study, professional sport and life as a young adult.

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