This week's feature stories

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The human heart: An introduction

The average human heart beats 100,000 times a day

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What’s really going on inside the brain of a baby

Think there’s a lot happening in your head? Try being a baby. Dr Frans Plooij discusses 10 major leaps.

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The human heart

In the big band that is the human body, the heart is obviously the drummer.

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Healthy hearts

When it comes to breaking hearts, love ain’t got nothing on the Western lifestyle.

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How to be mindful at work

Soothe those office stresses and connect with coworkers to create a fulfilling work environment.

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Up-facing dog

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your abs and back.

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How much of each nutrient do you need?

Create a healthy diet by working out your daily requirements of each essential vitamin and nutrient

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How many kilojoules should you eat each day?

Confused by kilojoules? Use our calculator to work out your daily budget and manage your weight.

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What is your maximum heart rate?

Your max heart rate helps you determine your target zones during exercise. Here’s how to find it.

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How many kilojoules does your workout burn?

Find out how many kilojoules you can expect to burn through different physical activities.

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How much water do you need each day?

We all know hydration is important - but how much should you drink for a fully functioning body?

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What is Waist Hip Ratio?

How comparing two measurements can help you assess the related health risks of where you store fat.

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What is Body Mass Index?

Use our BMI calculator to get a snapshot of how healthy your weight is in relation to your height.

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Am I gluten intolerant?

Think you might have a problem with gluten? Take these steps for a diagnosis of your symptoms.

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Gluten – the good and the bad

What actually is gluten and coeliac disease? Professor David Cameron-Smith dishes up the facts

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Gluten free school lunch ideas

Think outside the box for gluten free lunches that are colourful, fun and delicious.

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5 myths about gluten free eating

A dietitian busts some popular food myths around gluten free diets, weight loss and coeliac disease.

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10 hidden sources of gluten

It's not just breads, pastas and pastries. Gluten can lurk in some surprising places.

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The best gluten free eateries

A state-by-state guide to the most delicious gluten-free goodies.

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Gluten: facts and figures

10 things you might not know about gluten

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6 tips for a gluten free pantry

From a separate chopping board to being a label sleuth, here's how to keep your kitchen gluten free.

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Easy gluten swaps

A gluten-free diet doesn't have to be dull. Here are some easy swaps for your favourite foods.

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Rewarding Your Loyalty at Medibank

Loyal to us? To reciprocate we’ve complied a list of FAQ’s to help you understand your benefits.

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How to meditate

Mindfulness expert Dr Elise Bialylew guides us gently through a simple meditation exercise.

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4 calming mindfulness apps

Meditation can be intimidating – but these apps make developing a daily practice a breeze.

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Mindful in May

The true definition of a win/win: your daily meditation providing clean water for those in need.

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How to cut back on sugar

Replace those sweet treats with more energy, better sleep and a slimmer waistline

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How to take a break from alcohol

Staying away from alcohol for FebFast? Here’s how to make it a whole lot easier for yourself

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The art of mindfulness meditation

The General Manager of Smiling Mind shares how mindfulness meditation improves mental wellbeing

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Your relaxation toolkit

Stay calm and refreshed throughout the workday with this step-by-step guide to wellbeing

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Portion sizes explained

How much should we eat of each type of food? Here’s how to put together a healthy, balanced meal.

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Nutrition facts – a healthy diet

We try to demystify the confusion surrounding nutrition and make suggestions for a healthy diet.

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4 health numbers you should know

Key health metrics speak volumes about our health and potential for future risk.

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How to prep for a long haul flight

Look after your inflight health during our busiest travel time.

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What is the Paleo Diet

The ins and outs of the caveman way of eating.

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6 ways to sleep better tonight

Get a good night’s rest with these tips.

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The power of positive thinking

How positive self-talk can improve your sports performance.

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Sleep more, play better

How sleeping can improve your sports and exercise performance.

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4 ways to improve your reaction times

Think quick, act fast. Here's how to give your response times a boost.

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How to make a banana smoothie

Make your life a little brighter with this banana smoothie.

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How to make bircher muesli

This bircher muesli is the best reason to get out of bed. Whip it up the night before in minutes.

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How-to make nori rolls with veggies

Bring some Japanese flair to the kitchen with these vegetable nori rolls, packed full of flavour.

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How-to make a black rice and kale salad

This is one salad that’s anything but boring!

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How to enrich your life through volunteering

Giving back via volunteering is a wonderfully energising and gratifying experience.

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Mini-guide to gut health

How to get the most out of our high-performing digestive organs

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How to fill the late night food void

Five ways to help you make good choices before hitting the pillow.

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7 ways with kale

Kale is a rich source of vitamin A, C, K and an excellent fibre and calcium addition to your diet.

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5 top dinners and leftover ideas

Get inspired by these tasty meal ideas that make great leftover lunches.

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Healthy alternatives to fast food favourites

Fast food gets a health kick with these tasty, cleaner alternatives.

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How to exercise before work

Six tips to get you arriving at work feeling energised, fit and strong.

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A mini guide to springtime planting

The Veggie Patch Co.’s Mat Pember gives our green thumb a helping hand.

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5 ways to step up your exercise routine

Your guide to putting the challenge back into your gym workout.

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The relaxation response

How to combat stress with one simple concept – ‘eyes closed silence’.

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F is for football

The benefits of physical activity and social interaction through sport are well documented.

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C is for cycling

Cycling is a great way to experience the fresh air, wildlife, food and landscapes of New Zealand.

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A is for antioxidants

Kate Gudorf explains the best sources of dietary antioxidants and how they can impact your health.

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G is for geothermal mud

Are there health benefits to be found in certain types of mud?

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E is for eye health

Regular eye tests are an important way of maintaining vision and identifying eye problems early.

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B is for breath

Apart from keeping us alive, breathing is central to many practices of meditation and mindfulness.

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N is for nutrition

Nutrition and its link to learning is the focus of a recent research report by The Smith Family.

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L is for lemons & limes

Lemons are found in most backyards and are staples of old fashioned puddings and gin and tonics.

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W is for working

Working with the community is a way of giving back and enriching the fabric of society.

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U is for undergarments

The winter chills affect many of us during our coldest season.

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M is for microbes

Microbes are tiny single-cell organisms numbering 100 trillion and counting.

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K is for K.I.S.S

Know the important signs and symptoms to detect ovarian cancer.

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Z is for zingiber

Fresh ginger rhizome is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat colds flu and digestive upsets

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H is for herbal remedies

Herbal remedies are fast becoming a popular complement to mainstream healthcare.

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R is for red meat

Red meat may be an excellent source of vitamins and minerals but it must be consumed in moderation.

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Q is for quinoa

This ancient seed is certainly the flavour of the month in the culinary world.

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X is for extra exercise

Extra exercise will reduce your health risks, lift your mood and keep you going strong into old age.

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P is for Pinot Noir

In moderation, red wine may decrease heart disease, prevent cancer and strengthen the immune system.

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D is for vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for bone and muscle development and in the prevention of osteoporosis.

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J is for jump for bone health

We explain how good old fashioned jumping is good for your bone health.

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O is for obesity

If weight gain continues at current levels by 2025 80% of Australians will be overweight or obese.

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T is for travel advice

With almost 8 million overseas departures last year, Australians are extremely active travellers.

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I is for influenza

Influenza is a highly contagious virus that produces the classic ‘flu’ symptoms.

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V is for veggie patch

Where would your winter heart be without the veggie patch?

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Y is for yoga

Originating in India over 5000 years ago, yoga is now commonplace in western society.

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Recommended reading - Stretching guide

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Stretches for runners

These are the best stretches for your back, hips and legs after a tiring run.

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Nine tips for bouncing back after exercise

Exercise can hurt, not just during a session but also for several days afterwards.

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Stretches for office workers

These are the best stretches for office workers, designed to relieve stress from idleness.

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Stretches for the inflexible

Find a more gentle approach to stretching and develop a habit that will benefit you in the long term.

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Stretches for gym enthusiasts

Relax your muscles after workouts by following physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis' list of stretches.

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Backward Roll

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis demonstrates a stretch for your arms, shoulders and back.

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Backbend

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your chest, back, abs and hips.

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Bridge

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your neck, shoulders, hips and thighs.

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Camel Stretch

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your chest, abs, neck, hips and thighs.

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C-curve

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your neck, upper back and ribs.

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Butterfly Stretch

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your inner thighs, knees and groin.

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Candle Stretch

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your neck and shoulders.

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Downward Dog

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your hamstrings and calves.

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Three-Legged Dog

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your hamstrings, adductors and calves.

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Forward Fold with a Twist

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your legs, hips, waist and shoulders.

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Wide-Legged Forward Bend

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your back, hips and legs.

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Child’s Pose

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your hips, back, shoulders, knee and groin.

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Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend (Pancake stretch)

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your hips, groin and legs.

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Half Pancake Stretch

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your hips, groin and legs.

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Revolved Crescent Lunge

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your legs, hips, waist and shoulders.

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Pendulum Stretch

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your hamstrings and inner thighs.

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Lying Hip Rotation

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your hips, lower back, waist and legs.

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Extended Side Angle

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your legs, hips, waist and shoulders.

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Piriformis Stretch

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your hips.

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Side Lunge

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your hips and legs.

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Wide Leg Squat

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your hips, legs and back.

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Kneeling Hamstring Stretch

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your legs and back.

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Squatting Internal Rotation

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your hips and back.

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Thoracic Extension

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your arms, shoulders and back.

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Thoracic Rotation

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your chest, back and shoulders.

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5 ways with a foam roller

How to use foam rollers to keep your muscles limber, especially after running and weightlifting.

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Stretching for runners

There is lots of conflicting information on stretching. Learn how to stretch for better results.

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