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Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle
March 17, 2014

8 small changes = 8 BIG differences

Sometimes it seems near impossible to take those first few steps to making changes in your life. What if I fail? What if I don’t like it? What if it doesn’t work for me? These are just some of the questions that act as obstacles for reaching our goals. It’s important to remember though, when it comes to making lifestyle changes you don’t need a complete overhaul. Small, committed changes make a big difference, and have a domino effect on other health habits. So, if you’re ready to take the first step, but not sure how to do it, here…
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Healthy Lifestyle
March 16, 2014

What is “wellness”, exactly?

Working long hours, eating badly, not exercising, and thinking there’ll always be time tomorrow to change things? It’s easy for a busy professional to end up here, and you might be one of them. The worrying thing is, it often takes a serious health crisis to make a person realise they need to change, but don’t wait for that to happen! Take control of your health, and your future, today. (more…)
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Healthy Lifestyle
February 5, 2014

Making the most of your medical aid

In last week’s episode of the Hello Doctor show, Dr Michael Mol spoke to studio guest Damian McHugh about medical schemes. Get value from Medical Aid The average middle-class South African family has no retirement plan, no life insurance, and no medical aid scheme in place. Of those who do have medical aid, one in four are saying: “I’m paying way too much for medical cover, and have nothing to show for it”. The truth is though, people might not understand or know about the benefits they have available to them. Here, we answer some of your FAQs about medical…
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Healthy Lifestyle
January 23, 2014

Lifestyle diseases are on the rise – are you at risk?

Lifestyle diseases are directly associated with the way a person lives, and the type of lifestyle they lead. These diseases include arteriosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, certain cancers including colon, bowel and lung cancer, and diseases associated with smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. (more…)
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Healthy Lifestyle
January 12, 2014

Blood donation – a gift that costs you nothing

In the latest episode of the Hello Doctor show, Dr Mol and Vuyelwa from the SANBS team spoke about the importance of donating blood, and how it can help save a life. And although it’s a gift that costs you nothing but a bit of your time, a lot of people still have questions about the process. Here, we answer your most frequently asked questions about blood donation. (more…)
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Smoking
January 9, 2014

Almost 1 billion smokers world wide

Here’s a scary statistic: According to the BBC, there are now an estimated 1 BILLION tobacco smokers in the world. This, despite strong worldwide awareness and anti-smoking campaigns, extensive research and new tobacco laws put in place to promote quitting and help prevent people from picking up the habit. (more…)
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Safety
December 18, 2013

Holiday safety – kids at the beach

Summer holidays are finally here, and we’re taking the kids to the beach, into parks and into crowded places. Every year, hundreds of children go missing or get lost over the holidays, and at this time of year it’s more important than ever to keep track of excited children, and ensure everyone stays safe. When it comes to keeping kids safe in crowded places, here’s what you can do: (more…)
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Smoking
December 11, 2013

What does smoking actually do to your body?

Smoking is gross. We all know it, and we’ve all seen the long term damage it does to our lungs, that is, blackened tarred smoker’s lungs. Have you ever wondered what actually happens when you inhale a cigarette? No? Well, a single drag exposes the body to over 4,000 chemical compounds and 600 additives, effectively making it one of the most powerful stimulants known to man. It takes just 10 seconds for nicotine to reach the brain, and over 90% of what’s inhaled is absorbed by the lungs, which pass into the lung as miniscule droplets of suspended tar particles.…
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Healthy Lifestyle
December 5, 2013

Take care while travelling these holidays

Drive safely. Take regular breaks to stretch your legs. Check your car tyres. Stop if you feel tired. Do these sound familiar? Probably, they’re some of the road safety awareness messages we hear all the time, especially when December holidays roll round and everyone is travelling. Road safety messages and checks are there for a reason, to help ensure you get to your destination safely. With that in mind, and with holidays just around the corner, here are our top road safety checks for driving these holidays. (more…)
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Food & nutritionHealthy Lifestyle
November 20, 2013

Mackerel and avocado wrap

Summer, sunshine and braais in sunny South Africa – what more would we want? Beautiful skins, thank you very much. Well, then we have to take care of them – you only have one. Taking care of your skin should not just be something from outside. How well you eat, is often reflected in the condition of your hair, nails and skin. Healthy food is packed with the nutrients our bodies need to look and feel great. Moderation and variation remains key and including enough healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids, plenty of antioxidants and zinc, is the answer. Despite the…
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