Mental Health Week 2018

Mental Health Week 2018

The week of October 7 to October 13 is officially “Mental Health Week”. But what is it? And why do we need it? We caught up with Mental health professional, Dr. Happy to hear his thoughts on mental health in Australia and why it’s so important to raise awareness and constructive action around this subject that too many of us often keep private.
Category:Mental Health
Making changes – you know what you want to do but here’s how to do it

Making changes – you know what you want to do but here’s how to do it

It's great to have goals. Often, our goals are about changes we want to make in our lives - like eating right, getting fit, or doing better at work or school. The easy part is knowing what change you want to make, but the challenge is planning how to get there and sticking to it. With this in mind, mental health expert Dr. Happy, shares his simple strategy on how to achieve your goals by implementing positive changes.

Category:Mental Health
World Heart Day

World Heart Day

Did you know that Cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one killer? Every year, September 29 is World Heart Day and this year’s theme is “My Heart, Your Heart”. This global campaign encourages individuals, families, communities and governments to take charge of their heart health and that of others. With this in mind, we chatted to HIF blogger and cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp who explains what the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest is and offers her advice on how we can help others’ hearts.

How to Keep Your Pet Calm When They Visit the Vet

How to Keep Your Pet Calm When They Visit the Vet

Many dogs dislike going to the vet, the sounds and the smells can cause your fur-baby to be stressed and anxious, but it doesn't have to always be that way. Vet visits are essential to the health and wellbeing of your four-legged friend, so we asked Laura V to share her top tips to make your dog’s life easier on these very important visits. 
Category:Pet Health
The 5 Most Common Questions a Nutritionist Gets Asked

The 5 Most Common Questions a Nutritionist Gets Asked

Every day Nutritionists and Dietitians are asked a host of different questions, from organic vs non-organic, quick weight loss diets and what foods you should and shouldn’t eat? In her first article for HIF, Nutrition expert Rosie Mansfield reveals the most common questions about food and the answers you may or may not have been hoping for.

Category:Nutrition
Most Common Injuries for Gen Y. Is There a Trend?

Most Common Injuries for Gen Y. Is There a Trend?

Gen Y’s – have you ever wondered what the most common sporting injuries are for your generation? According to HIF’s new physio guru Em Batger from Active RX Physio, "Recently I’ve started to notice a consistent flow of Gen Y gym goer’s who are engaged in high intensity exercise and it’s wreaking havoc with their hips and shoulders." So with this in mind, we caught up with Em to discuss how each injury is occurring and what we can do to help stop it.  

Category:Physiotherapy
Greek Baked Eggplant with Tomato and Feta

Greek Baked Eggplant with Tomato and Feta

Are you a fan of Greek cuisine? Then you’ll love this healthy (and gluten-free!) Mediterranean, baked eggplant with tomato sauce and feta cheese dish. Paired with grilled meat or fish, or even with some garlic bread, it’ll send your taste-buds soaring … promise!

Category:Recipes
What Is a Therapy Dog and What Do They Do?

What Is a Therapy Dog and What Do They Do?

Did you know over 20,000 Australians enjoy a visit from a therapy dog each week? According to animal behaviourist, Laura V, “For the everyday person, the hug of a dog, the wagging of a tail and their unconditional love makes us all feel better. Therapy dogs though are carefully selected and trained to assist with the mental and physical wellbeing of people, who are often experiencing some sort of chronic illness or stress.” With this in mind, Laura V shares some of the incredible ways canines are helping people with a variety of disorders or disabilities to get them through their day.

The Simple Question That Could Change Or Even Save A Life – R U OK?

The Simple Question That Could Change Or Even Save A Life – R U OK?

Did you know that 8 people take their lives each and every day in Australia? And for every one of these people who takes their lives approximately another 20 make an attempt to take their lives.  According to Psychologist and mental health expert, Dr. Happy, “Not everyone suffering mental ill-health will be curled up in a corner or tucked under their doona. Many more, in fact, will be sitting beside you on the bus or train, at work, or chatting to you over coffee or lunch. Take a minute, then, to ask ALL your friends and family, your colleagues and acquaintances if they’re OK today; it won’t take up much of your time and I guarantee it won’t be something you regret.”  In this article, Dr. Happy shares his own personal experience with mental health and the advice he has to offer.

Category:Mental Health
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