Why you should take your lunch to work

Lunch—it’s a meal we’re all familiar with yet many of us find it to be a struggle. Throw in a busy working week and lunch can be a pain to plan and prepare for. It’s so much easier to buy a bite to eat at the café or canteen, right? While the lure of a quick-serve salad or sandwich might be tempting, is it healthier than what you can pull together yourself?

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It’s time to take our medicine—Part 1: Exercise as medicine

Exercise as medicine? I’d asked Robin Daly about health and exercise, and several times he mentioned ‘prescribing’ exercise. He sees this as an important part of an overall health approach.

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Study finds physically fit women less likely to get dementia

Can exercise ward off dementia? A 44-year Swedish study seems to indicate that it can. ‘Researchers found that middle-age women in Sweden with a high degree of cardiovascular fitness were nearly 90% less likely to develop dementia later in life than those who had a moderate fitness level.’

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Learning from the ‘Blue Zones’ for life and retirement

A few years back, Dan Buettner found four areas on our planet where people live long (think centenarians) and active lives. What he found, he says, helps provide ‘the best, most credible information available for adding years to your life and life to your years’.

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Can you cook with extra virgin olive oil?

The benefits of extra virgin olive oil have been recognised since biblical times. Popular diets, such as the Mediterranean diet, have taught us that it’s possible to consume a high-fat diet and still have a lower risk of heart disease. But when it comes to cooking with olive oil, is it still as healthy for you after heating?

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5 ways to improve your life and health span

‘Superagers’ is the term coined for those more than 80 years of age who have the cognitive capacities of adults much younger. When some of their brains were checked—after they had died—scientists think these cognitive abilities may come from the presence of certain brain cells: Von Economo.

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Do artificial sweeteners influence blood sugar?

Artificial sweeteners are among the most commonly used food additives worldwide and, thanks to their low-calorie content, they’re considered safe and beneficial. But are they really a healthy alternative to sugar?

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Try sexy summer mocktails for health

The festive season seems to give license to indulge in alcoholic beverages. A cool refreshing beer here, a delicious cocktail there—yet many proven health risks far outweigh any suggested benefits for heart health.

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How to increase happiness for and in retirement

You can probably guess that I have a lot of information about retirement flowing into my inbox. On purpose. I’m keen to find out what the latest thinking is. Over the past week, two stories have come in on the theme of happiness. The first tells me how to be a happy Boomer, and the second how to have a happy retirement.

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Ingrid is enjoying her life too much to retire

At 73 years of age, Ingrid Pich brings a lively presence into a room—any room. We meet in a kitchen/lounge in the complex where she’s just finished conducting an exercise class. She tells me later she’s a ‘high-energy person’. That’s obvious from the start.

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