Dietician providing advice on healthy eating

Your nutrition questions answered


Test your knowledge of nutrition on the following topics covered in recent issues of the Australian Healthy Food Guide. Who should eat low-fat dairy foods? Everyone over 2 years of age.  Low-fat milk and cheese are less fattening and rolex replica are better for weight watchers. However, they are also lower in ‘bad’ saturated fat

Brave girl under 5 years receiving flu vaccination

Flu vaccination available again for children under five



Health authorities have advised that seasonal flu vaccine can once again be given to children aged from 6 months to 5 years, using two specific brands, Vaxigrip and Influvac. Vaccination in this age group had been suspended because of an increased risk of fever and febrile convulsions with another brand (Fluvax). However, the risk from Vaxigrip

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Laughter is the best medicine


There is good evidence that a hearty laugh has many health benefits. Disclaimer: Please note this information was correct at time of publication. For up to date information, speak to your doctor.

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Butter or margarine?


The Heart Foundation recommends margarine over butter. Margarine has less ‘bad’ saturated fat and more healthy unsaturated fats and helps keep your cholesterol in check. Margarine with added ‘plant sterols’ is even better. Margarine and butter are equally fattening so, whichever spread you choose, use it sparingly. From: Australian Healthy Food Guide. Disclaimer: Please

Roast tomato frittata


This delicious low-fat, low-joule frittata serves 4. Preparation time: 10min. Cooking time: 1hr. Ingredients Cooking oil spray 250g punnet cherry tomatoes 3 eggs 3 egg whites 200g low-fat ricotta ½ cup extra-light sour cream 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 60g baby rocket leaves, to serve Method Step 1 Preheat oven to

Children out for a bike ride with their parents getting exercise

Is your child getting enough exercise?


Exercise is vital for children. As well as fighting obesity, it builds strong bones and cardiovascular fitness. It also helps reduce stress and enhances self-esteem. Exercise in childhood helps establish a ­routine that could persist throughout life. There are 2 golden rules for children: 1. Children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous

Young boy being vaccinated against the flu

Influenza shots for children



Influenza is a serious disease in children, who are at high risk of complications such as pneumonia. The flu can also aggravate chronic health problems such as asthma. 30% of young Australian children get the flu each year and nearly 1,500 are hospitalised. Who should be vaccinated? The seasonal flu vaccine can be given to

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Diabetes. Regular eye checks are vital.



All people with diabetes should have regular eye checks. Diabetes can cause loss of vision and blindness which is preventable if detected early. When was your last check? Diabetes damages the very fine blood vessels in the retina (diabetic retinopathy). The retina is a thin layer lining the inner surface of the eye. Diabetic retinopathy

Doctor prepares to perform a pap smear whilst her patient watches on in the background

When is your next Pap smear due?


Are you one of the 40% of women who are not having a Pap smear every 2 years? Regular Pap smears can detect early changes in the cells of the cervix (neck of the womb) which may lead to cancer if untreated. All women over 18 who have ever had sex ­(including with other women)

Acupuncture needles with stones on bamboo mat

Acupuncture. Does it really work?


Acupuncture (AP) has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years for pain and other conditions. It is now popular in western society, but is it effective? What is acupuncture? Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body (acupoints) with thin metal needles or low dose laser. According to TCM, pain and


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