Issue Eight Winter 2014

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There’s something so cosy about winter, isn’t there? The soft patter of rain on frost-covered windows, the soothing crackle of a fireplace, the rich aromas of warm, slow-cooked meals … Winter is the perfect time to recharge, take care of yourself and your loved ones, and get in touch with your health.

In this issue of be. magazine we’ve brought together a wealth of ideas, stories, recipes and expert tips to keep you feeling your best, even when it’s icy out. From using complementary medicine to care for your body, to getting a good night’s sleep, to using spices in your cooking to improve your health, we explore some ways you can work towards feeling stronger and more vibrant this winter.

Community

Going the distance: Liz Blatchford

Liz Blatchford on training, mental strength and the transition from Olympic to longer distances.

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Travel

3 historic restaurants across Europe

These classic establishments in historic European cities have barely changed in centuries

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Community

Parkinson’s Walk in the Park

Take a walk in the park on 31 August in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and help make a difference.

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Community

Herbert Peabody: An educational adventure

This book uses the enchanting tale of Herbert Peabody to teach children where their food comes from.

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Recipes

Miso eggplant with soba noodles and walnuts recipe

Let Hetty McKinnon’s simple yet hearty recipes inspire your home cooking.

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Lifestyle

How healthy are smoothies?

How to make your smoothie better for you

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Lifestyle

A beginner’s guide to stargazing

There’s a wonderland of galaxies and constellations overhead. Why not take time to discover them?

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Lifestyle

17 ways to help someone on their health journey

Looking beyond your own wellbeing can make for more gratifying and healthier outcomes for all

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Lifestyle

The history of the hypodermic needle

Causing people to squirm since ancient rome, Nick Snelling traces the hypodermic needle’s history.

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Community

Community cooking

Creative salad-maker Hetty McKinnon on her love for delicious veggie combinations.

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Community

Fireside Festival

Warm up your winter and lift your spirits at Canberra’s regional Fireside Festival this August.

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In Brief

National Diabetes Week – Reduce your diabetes risk

Healthy lifestyle changes can help reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Travel

3 historic restaurants across Europe

These classic establishments in historic European cities have barely changed in centuries

Read more
Community

Parkinson’s Walk in the Park

Take a walk in the park on 31 August in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and help make a difference.

Read more
Community

Herbert Peabody: An educational adventure

This book uses the enchanting tale of Herbert Peabody to teach children where their food comes from.

Read more
Recipes

Miso eggplant with soba noodles and walnuts recipe

Let Hetty McKinnon’s simple yet hearty recipes inspire your home cooking.

Read more
Lifestyle

How healthy are smoothies?

How to make your smoothie better for you

Read more
Lifestyle

A beginner’s guide to stargazing

There’s a wonderland of galaxies and constellations overhead. Why not take time to discover them?

Read more
Lifestyle

17 ways to help someone on their health journey

Looking beyond your own wellbeing can make for more gratifying and healthier outcomes for all

Read more
Lifestyle

The history of the hypodermic needle

Causing people to squirm since ancient rome, Nick Snelling traces the hypodermic needle’s history.

Read more
Community

Community cooking

Creative salad-maker Hetty McKinnon on her love for delicious veggie combinations.

Read more
Community

Fireside Festival

Warm up your winter and lift your spirits at Canberra’s regional Fireside Festival this August.

Read more
In Brief

National Diabetes Week – Reduce your diabetes risk

Healthy lifestyle changes can help reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Read more

Recommended reading - Exercise for health and social benefits

Lifestyle

Getting kids into sport

We take a closer look at some of the best sports programs for kids.

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Lifestyle

How to find free fitness activities

Want to know about outdoor activities happening in your community? You've come to the right place.

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In Brief

How a dinosaur helps kids get active

Meet Mimi the muttaburrasaurus: Medibank’s newly created play space in the Yarraville community.

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Lifestyle

How to start running with your kids

Find out how exercising with your kids is beneficial for both of you.

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Community

Feel Good: Free outdoor fitness in Brisbane

The Medibank Feel Good program comes to Brisbane from 26 September to 13 December 2016.

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Community

Neon Run

Get ready for lots of light, colour and action! The Neon Run is nothing like your standard fun run.

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Community

4 reasons to join a running group

Tired of running solo? Introduce a social aspect to your training and join a running group.

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In Brief

Walking groups for better health

Joining a walking group is one of the best ways to improve your health, new research shows.

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Community

Meet the joggers and walkers of Melbourne’s Tan track

The Tan track is a jogger's Mecca, with runners and walkers pounding the pavement morning and night.

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Advice

Four reasons to join the fun run community

Part social, part fitness and often charitable, here are four reasons to sign up for a fun run.

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