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We all know that we should eat more vegetables and that five serves each day are what we need for good health. 🍅🍆🥕🌽🥑

According to nutrition guru Susie Burrell, "Far fewer of us know that when it comes to optimal health and well-being we need a lot more than the minimum of 5 serves of vegies a day that is recommended by public health agencies. In fact, when we look at the data from countries who have the healthiest diets, they are on average consuming 7-10 serves of fresh fruit and veggies every single day."

Consuming more vegetables is much easier than you think, click through to the article to read Susie's five simple steps to hit your veggie target every single day.
We all know that we have to eat more vegetables and that five serves each day are what we need for good health, but according to nutrition guru Susie Burrell, "Far fewer of us know that when it comes to optimal health and well-being we need a lot more than the minimum of 5 serves of vegies a day that is recommended by public health agencies. In fact, when we look at the data from countries who have the healthiest diets, they are on average consum...
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"Is teeth whitening safe for teens?"

This is a question Dr. Emma hears more and more frequently by patients at her dental practice, so we asked her to explore the topic in her latest article for HIF.

"The clinical aspects of whitening teenage teeth are very relevant, as there are some differences compared to adults which need to be considered", she explains. "So is teenage whitening a good idea for you or your child? It can be done safely, but with caution."

Visit our Healthy Lifestyle Blog now to read Dr Emma's full advice on the risks associated with whitening, and the best options for teenagers.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe for Teens? This is a question dental health professional Dr. Emma is being asked more and more frequently and according to Dr. Emma "The clinical aspects of whitening teenage teeth are very relevant, as there are some differences compared to adults which need to be considered.So is teenage whitening a good idea for you or your child? It can be done safely, but with caution." In this article, Dr. Emma discusses the risks as...
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Imagine having to think about every breath you take. Every single one. Each breath taking every effort you have. :(

According to our resident GP blogger, Dr Sam, "That's what it can be like living day to day with a chronic lung disease. It's a massive problem in Australia, causing about one in seven deaths. Some lung issues are temporary, your friendly doctor can help fix them with a bit of TLC or a course of antibiotics. But there are more serious lung problems that if left untreated can really effect our quality of life."

In this article, Dr Sam explores the symptoms we need to be aware of when it comes to the health of our lungs.
"Imagine having to think about every breath you take. Every single one. Each breath taking every effort you have. According to Dr Sam, "That's what it can be like living day to day with a chronic lung disease. It's a massive problem in Australia, causing about one in seven deaths. Some lung issues are temporary, your friendly doctor can help fix them with a bit of TLC or a course of antibiotics. But there are more serious lung problems that if le...
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Love Greek food? Then you'll love this "Stuffed Capsicums and Tomatoes" recipe by food guru Helen from Scrummy Lane. According to Helen, "This is a classic, simple dish that has remained popular for good reason. It's healthy, filling, easy to make… and makes great leftovers!" Yum! :)
Love Greek food? Then you'll love this "Greek Stuffed Capsicums and Tomatoes" recipe by food guru Helen from Scrummy Lane. According to Helen, "This is a classic, simple, Greek dish that has remained popular for good reason. Healthy, filling, easy to make… and makes great leftovers!" Yum!
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Are you Emotionally Intelligent? According to our resident mental health expert, Dr. Happy, "The simplest way to understand Emotional Intelligence is in two parts. Emotional Intelligence is (1) the ability to recognise and manage one’s own emotions, as well as (2) the ability to recognise and respond appropriately to emotions in others." In this article, Tim explains how emotional intelligence can reap massive rewards for those who master it, and provides his top tips on what we can do to enhance our own EI.
What exactly is emotional intelligence? According to our mental health expert, Dr. Tim Sharp, "The simplest way to understand Emotional Intelligence is in two parts. Emotional Intelligence is (1) the ability to recognise and manage one’s own emotions, as well as (2) the ability to recognise and respond appropriately to emotions in others." In this article, Tim explains how emotional intelligence can reap massive rewards for those who master it, a...
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Did you know that using momentum during strength training can be counterproductive? According to our resident fitness guru, Claire, owner of LaFit Studio, "Using momentum reduces tension on the muscles, reducing the effectiveness of the exercise and increasing your risk of injury." In her latest article for our Healthy Lifestyle Blog, Claire discusses some simple principles on how to maximise our workouts
Did you know that using momentum during strength training is counterproductive? According to fitness professional Claire Chidgzey, "Using momentum reduces tension on the muscles, reducing the effectiveness of the exercise and increasing your risk of injury." In this article Claire provides some simple principles on how to prevent momentum and how we can maximise our workouts.
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Did you know that 70,000 Aussies are affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

According to health professional Dr. Sam, "Inflammatory bowel diseases, which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are a bit mysterious in the sense that we don't really know what triggers the immune system to attack our body this way, but we do know the main risk factors. IBD is a serious condition, but if you look after yourself, it shouldn't rule your life."

In this article, Dr. Sam explains what Inflammatory Bowel Disease entails, factors that may affect IBD risk, and the treatment that is available.
Did you know that 70,000 Aussies are affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease? According to health professional Dr. Sam, "Inflammatory bowel diseases, which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are a bit mysterious in the sense that we don't really know what triggers the immune system to attack our body this way, but we do know the main risk factors. IBD is a serious condition, but if you look after yourself, it shouldn't rule your life...
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Are you eating well and exercising, but your weight just won't budge? Or it's going up? HIF fitness expert Matt Fuller from Fuller Fitness Subiaco responds to a reader's concerns about unexplained weight gain and provides his advice on the things to keep in mind to ensure we get the results we're striving for. 💪
Are you eating well and exercising, but your weight just won't budge? Or it's going up? HIF fitness expert Matt Fuller responds to a reader's concerns about unexplained weight gain and provides his advice on how to get the results we're hoping for.
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Did you know up to 40% of Australians will experience a panic attack at some time in their life? According to our resident mental health blogger, Dr. Happy, “Panic attacks are discrete episodes of intense anxiety and physiological arousal, to such an extent that sufferers feel they’re going to faint, go crazy or even die. 😣

There is, however, some good news; and that’s that despite panic attacks being very distressing and potentially very disabling, they’re also very treatable in the majority of cases. 🙏

In this article, Tim discusses the key components of effective treatment and the powerful and effective anxiety management strategies we can do to manage panic ourselves. 🙌
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How important is lunch when it comes to weight control? According to HIF health expert, Susie Burrell, "Very - some dieters often choose a light breakfast and try and hold off from eating lunch for as long as possible. This is the worst thing they can do if they are trying to lose weight. The earlier you have your lunch, even in place of a late morning snack, the better it will be for your metabolic rate". In this article, Susie discusses why lunch is key to our nutritional balance and offers her advice on the best foods to eat at lunchtime. 🍴
We often hear about the importance of breakfast, but let's not forget about how important lunch is too. According to HIF health expert, Susie Burrell "On any weight loss plan, it is a general perception that the less we eat the better which can somewhat explain the reason why dieters choose a light breakfast and try and hold off from eating lunch for as long as possible. This is the worst thing you can do if you are trying to lose weight. The ear...
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Exciting news! We're delighted to announce that Dr Sam Hay has joined our Healthy Lifestyle Blog as a new author. 👨‍⚕️ 🏥

A former Senior Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, Dr. Sam is currently a partner in one of Sydney’s most successful GP practices, Your Doctors. He has been working in general practice since 2005 and he's also a regular fixture on hit TV show Embarrassing Bodies Down Under.

In his first article for HIF, “Melanoma Exposed”, Dr. Sam discusses the truths and myths surrounding melanoma, and explains the only way to protect yourself. ☀️
Did you know by the time you get home from work each day, 35 Australians will have been diagnosed with the horrible disease, Melanoma. Even worse five will have died. According to Dr. Sam, "While it’s a relatively rare skin cancer, only making up 2% of all skin cancers, it’s the deadliest. It grows and spreads quickly and that’s why it causes 75% of skin cancer deaths in Australia". With this in mind Dr Sam discusses the facts about Melanoma and ...
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Do you want to change your eating habits? According to Susie, "It may come as a surprise but simply opting for consistency with your diet, and making some powerful but subtle dietary changes to your daily food regime can have a much more powerful impact on your health and weight than you could imagine." So before you begin a complete diet overhaul, check out Susie's top tips on some simple lifestyle adjustments that will yield significant long-term results.
How can we change our eating habits? Well according to Susie "It may come as a surprise but simply opting for consistency with your diet, and making some powerful but subtle dietary changes to your daily food regimes can have a much more powerful impact on your diet, your health and your weight than you could imagine." So before you begin a complete diet overhaul, read Susie's top tips on some simple lifestyle adjustments that will yield signific...
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HIF. Your Health. Your Choice.
Introduction
Welcome to the Health Insurance Fund of Australia. To get a quote, join online or simply find out more about HIF, visit: http://www.hif.com.au

Our Mission

To be the leading provider of value-for-money health insurance that meet our members’ needs.

A Little About Us...

Hello. We’re the Health Insurance Fund of Australia, but our friends call us HIF ("Health Insurance Fund of Australia" is a bit of a mouthful). And thanks to our affordable health insurance cover and our commitment to providing choice, choice and more choice, we have a growing number of friends throughout Australia. But enough about us. Why not find out more about what we can do for you? Great value private hospital insurance? Too easy. Low-cost Extras health cover options? No problem. Simply use the handy product selector on our website and choose the ideal private health insurance for you (and your budget).
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