Podcast: Research calls for a whole-of-life approach to retirement

The research says that the best retirements come from a holistic approach to life and retirement. That’s according to Joanne Earl, an associate professor and retirement researcher at Macquarie University. She suggests a ‘six-bucket’ approach that involves an emphasis on all the following: Health; Wealth; Social; Cognitive; Emotional; Motivational. Bruce Manners is the author of Retirement […]

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Does kombucha live up to the hype?

Kombucha is one of the newest health crazes to hit the media. As dietitians, we often get asked if it’s a healthy choice or just another food fad. Read on to see what the science says and decide for yourself. What is it? Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that has become popular as part […]

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You’ve got to laugh—it’s good for you, and your retirement

It’s healthy to laugh. At the Let’s Laugh website you will find a whole list of health benefits of laughter. These include: boosting the immune system, reducing the risk of heart disease, decreasing stress, reducing blood pressure, it can even be a mild antidepressant. These are benefits worth having. Each one of them.

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The truth about chocolate—it isn’t all bad news

When it comes to chocolate, we’ve all heard the message that it causes weight gain. Yet there’s also some conflicting information out there about the antioxidants in chocolate being good for you. So what’s true and what’s false? And can you enjoy chocolate guilt free?

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One easy way to prepare for retirement—sleep on it

Sleep and retirement? What’s the connection? Simply this: research is demonstrating that sleep is a key to both physical and brain health.

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What you can do now to age slowly for then

Nobel Prize-winning scientist and pioneering researcher into ageing, Elizabeth Blackburn, likes to talk about the healthy part of our life as our ‘health span’ and then as we age we move into the ‘disease span’. The trick is to try to lengthen our health span to keep the disease span as short as possible. This has the advantage that we age more slowly. And there are ways we can do that.

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Happiness is best found in the company of others

When researchers study the top 10% of happy people, the single most important factor that emerges is that these very happy people have good social relationships.

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Changes to diet bring impressive health changes: Jennifer’s story

As dietitians, we love to celebrate successful results with all our patients. Whether you achieve a small goal or a big goal, it’s worth commemorating those moments when the hard work pays off. Jennifer was one of our patients with an impressive story.

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Home cooking—the secret to healthy eating

What has happened to the good old-fashioned home-cooked meal? Decades ago, dinner time meant a simple home-cooked meal (meat and three veg) on a pre-set dining table surrounded by family. Protein powders, health bars and frozen dinners were unheard of and slogging it out at the gym was still something of the future.

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Can exercise make us happy? Really?

Walking into my local shopping mall a while ago, I was confronted with a sign advertising ‘Happiness, only $99.’ Thinking that was a good deal, I approached the shop assistant to inquire.

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