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You can be 'fit' and still lose muscle

Jane Brody’s been a health writer for the New York Times since 1976. At age 77 she does two physical activities a day — alternating between walking, cycling and swimming — plus exercises for her back. But she was recently diagnosed with sarcopenia, i.e. the loss of muscle and strength.  Read this post

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Research gives full-fat dairy the thumbs-up

If you’re conscious of the health of your heart and blood vessels you’re probably aware that the Heart Foundation recommends reduced-fat dairy to lower saturated fat intake. Many researchers are recommending something quite different though.  Read this post

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Notes from a healthy lifestyle conference

I recently attended a ‘lifestyle medicine’ conference where presentations were based around three themes: health technology, gut health and brain health. Here are a few interesting snippets from it.  Read this post

Monday, August 27, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Dodging the wave of fatty liver disease

One of the speakers at this month’s Australasian conference on lifestyle medicine predicted a tsunami of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It already affects at least one in five of us. So how do we avoid becoming part of this tidal wave, and if we are, how do we get out of it?  Read this post

Monday, August 27, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Exercise and our immune system

We know it builds muscle and bone, and it’s good for our heart and brain, but exercise also seems to boost our immunity.  Read this post

Monday, August 27, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Easy, delicious, vegie-based meals

Looking for lunch ideas and want something more substantial than ‘salad’? Take a look at Hetty McKinnon’s wonderful recipe books. And she’s just published a new one.  Read this post

Monday, August 27, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

A new guide to walking pace

Walking is still our favourite exercise, and we’re told to walk briskly for our health. But what’s ‘brisk’? The usual advice is that it’s a pace where we can talk but not sing. Now though, there’s a practical guideline.  Read this post

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Vigilance is needed with medication, even common ones

Drugs are prescribed to correct imbalances, but often they trigger other imbalances.  Read this post

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Pass on your food skills - they're a gift

Want to contribute something important to the young people in your life? Teach them to make their own food.   Read this post

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Beware the cholesterol bandwagon

Last month I wrote about tackling high cholesterol, including shifting our diet. Food manufacturers haven’t missed the opportunity to cash in with cholesterol-lowering products. But we need to be discerning.  Read this post

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson