Issue Five Spring 2013

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With signs of new life and thriving growth around us, be inspired this spring to start making small changes for better health.

The spring issue of be. magazine has a fresh look and feel, marking the first birthday of our member publication. Inside our pages you will discover a little more colour, lots more stories and plenty of encouragement, advice and recommendations to help you live a healthy, fulfilled life.

Experts

Natural alternatives to sugar

Enjoy sweetness sans the sugar. Practitioner Katie Molloy shares the top natural alternative.

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Lifestyle

How to keep your pet cool in summer

Here’s some safety tips to care for your pet on scorching (and potentially deadly) summer days.

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Lifestyle

7 ways to cool down this summer

Feel refreshed with these simple tips for beating the heat.

Read more
Community

Run faster Mr Hale!

PE teacher Nathan Hale's motivational marathon journey.

Read more
Community

The journey to IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns

Documenting the physical and mental preparation for a half ironman.

Read more
Experts

Is it time for reading glasses?

Ophthalmologist Darryl Gregor explains why objects up close become more difficult to read as we age.

Read more
Community

Why the Mediterranean diet is so good for you

Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos explains why eating Mediterranean-style can make you healthier.

Read more
Community

5 ways with a foam roller

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

Read more
Community

Brighton Icebergers

“Swimming in the morning is just fantastic; it leaves you exhilarated,” – Timothy Lynch, Iceberger.

Read more
Travel

Travels on two wheels

Swap the gym for the open road and make your next holiday a cycling adventure.

Read more
Community

Five tips for the aspiring runner

Lightning quick Liam Adams offers a word of advice to aspiring runners.

Read more
Experts

How Chinese medicine can help boost fertility

Spring is the season of new life. What better time then, to discuss our own reproductive health?

Read more
Experts

How exercise can transform your child’s life

Establishing good health and activity habits early may have long term learning and health benefits.

Read more
Community

Healthy mum, healthy baby

A new resource provides a wealth of information on healthy weight gain and pregnancy.

Read more
Experts

The multivitamin dilemma

Should you supplement your diet or not?

Read more
Recipes

Baked sardine recipe

These sardines can also be served as a meze. A tasty way to get a boost of omega-3 fats on a budget.

Read more
Recipes

Baked eggplant recipe

Serve this dish warm or cold with a side salad of cos lettuce, cucumber and spring onion.

Read more
Experts

Myth busting obesity

Seven prevalent obesity myths are put under scrutiny, with some results belying conventional wisdom.

Read more
Travel

Meet my city: Los Angeles

Fitness fan Amanda Grandinetti shows us the healthy hotspots around her city, Los Angeles.

Read more
Recipes

Healthy fish tacos recipe

Babes on Grill’s Alicia Twohill shares a delicious and simple way to make healthy fish tacos.

Read more
Experts

Easing the burden of cancer treatments

Medical oncologist Dr Ross Jennens explains how cancer treatments can be done in patients' homes.

Read more
Community

5 tips for mindfulness at work

How the practice of mindfulness can introduce awareness and acceptance to our workplace.

Read more
Guides

The relaxation response

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

Read more
Recipes

Chilli duck salad recipe

Darren Robertson and Mark LaBrooy of the Three Blue Ducks café share this delicious duck recipe.

Read more
Experts

Depression and dementia risk

It is not widely recognised that depression increases the risk of late-life dementia.

Read more
Lifestyle

Carrot and lentil salad recipe

Brighten your day with this hearty salad

Read more
Travel

Summer in Hong Kong

Things are heating up in Hong Kong as the city gears up for summer.

Read more
In Brief

Kids who bike or walk to school

Boost children's concentration by encouraging cycling or walking to school.

Read more
Lifestyle

Ducks with a difference

“We want to eat real food, from good, ethical sources…” Darren Robertson and Mark LaBrooy.

Read more
Community

Girls’ Night In

Swap a night out for a Girls’ Night In this October to support women with cancer.

Read more
Lifestyle

Innovative ways to achieve good health

A round up of what’s hot in the health gadget world this spring.

Read more
Lifestyle

Health Shelf with Ash Hart

Green smoothies, laughter and yoga are key ingredients in Ash Hart’s life.

Read more
Community

The final countdown

We hear from Alicia Loxley, female ambassador for the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival.

Read more
Lifestyle

Back on home turf

It’s bye bye Bani Yas as Nick Carle returns home.

Read more
Experts

Powerful proteins

Professor David Cameron-Smith delves into why protein is such a vital component of a healthy diet.

Read more
In Brief

Yousli

Yousli lets you pick and choose exactly what’s in your breakfast bowl.

Read more
Community

Libby looks back

Recently retired Olympian Libby Trickett reflects on the highs and lows of her decorated career.

Read more
Community

No stopping Matt Cowdrey

With a Paralympic medal haul of 23, Matt Cowdrey isn’t slowing down.

Read more
Community

A star from her marathon debut

With a rower, a footballer and an Olympic runner, sporting prowess runs deep in the Trengove family.

Read more
Community

Health of the nation

Health industry leaders offer their thoughts on the health of Australia, today and into the future.

Read more
Community

Cairns 70.3

Always had it in mind to complete a long distance endurance event?

Read more
In Brief

Medibank members are flying high

Medibank members are racking up flybuys points for making healthy choices at Coles.

Read more
Lifestyle

Health blogger – Dr Ginni

Sydney GP Dr Ginni discusses health issues at drginni.com.au

Read more
Lifestyle

Health blogger – Emma Stirling

Accredited Practising Dietitian Emma Stirling shares nutrition news at scoopnutrition.com

Read more
Lifestyle

Health blogger – Stacey Roberts

Parenting and vegetarian food are on the agenda at Stacey’s blog theveggiemama.com

Read more
Community

Open Gardens Weekend 2013

Spring has sprung and with it comes a very special time to be out amongst the blooms.

Read more
Community

Tips to achieve optimal health

Physiotherapist Jason Smith believes we need to adopt a new approach to health and wellbeing.

Read more
Lifestyle

Health blogger – Cassie Mendoza-Jones

Naturopathy and natural medicine are explored in Cassie’s blog elevatevitality.com.au

Read more

be. magazine spring 2013

The spring edition of be. magazine is now in store.

Read more
Community

Health of the nation – Jerril Rechter

We explore the health of the nation from six leaders from six health organisations.

Read more
Community

Health of the nation – Manny Noakes

We explore the health of the nation from six leaders from six health organisations.

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Community

Health of the nation – Steve Hambleton

We explore the health of the nation from six leaders from six health organisations.

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Community

Health of the nation – Warwick Anderson

We explore the health of the nation from six leaders from six health organisations.

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Community

Health of the nation – Janina Nearn

We explore the health of the nation from six leaders from six health organisations.

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Bringing you Bared

Ensuring comfort is the number one component of great looking shoes.

Read more
Community

playgolfWEEK

playgolfWEEK is an initiative of Golf Australia and Golf South Australia.

Read more
Community

R U OK? Day

Thursday 12 September is R U OK? Day, a reminder of the life-altering impact of a conversation.

Read more
Community

Health of the nation – George Savvides

We explore the health of the nation from six leaders from six Australian health organisations.

Read more
Community

A flexible approach to activity tracking

A look at how the latest offering from Fitbit stacks up.

Read more
Lifestyle

Dogs on show

The Royal Melbourne Dog Show showcases obedience, agility and responsible dog ownership.

Read more
In Brief

Sunscreen works in more ways than one

A new study by the Queensland Insititute of Medical Research gives us more reasons to use sunscreen.

Read more
In Brief

Coffee Encounters

New book Coffee Encounters encourages reflection on the origins of our morning brew.

Read more
Community

The power of generosity

Social experimenter Shanaka Fernando on life, lentils and how to achieve better health.

Read more
Community

Personal best

If you're aiming for more than just the finish line, Sports Dietitians Australia is here to help.

Read more
Community

Connecting with those around you

Wendell Sailor supports R U OK? Day and wants more men to ask for help when they need it.

Read more
Community

Tough mudder

Group exercise, the hardcore way.

Read more
Community

On the med school road

The journey to becoming a doctor requires dedication and commitment to a lifetime of learning.

Read more
Community

The ritual of tea

The health benefits of a humble cuppa.

Read more
Community

In it together

Prostate cancer is now the most common male cancer in the western world, excluding skin cancers.

Read more
Community

Big Red Kidney Walk

This September, you can help support Kidney Health Australia.

Read more
Community

Giving back

Joining Medibank has helped Simone Spry give back to those that assisted her with her studies.

Read more
Travel

A weekend of discovery

Simple ways to empower others with the tools to improve their quality of life.

Read more
Community

Kirigami – the Japanese art of paper cutting

Simplicity, focus and creativity come together when bringing paper to life.

Read more
Lifestyle

How to keep your pet cool in summer

Here’s some safety tips to care for your pet on scorching (and potentially deadly) summer days.

Read more
Lifestyle

7 ways to cool down this summer

Feel refreshed with these simple tips for beating the heat.

Read more
Community

Run faster Mr Hale!

PE teacher Nathan Hale's motivational marathon journey.

Read more
Community

The journey to IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns

Documenting the physical and mental preparation for a half ironman.

Read more
Experts

Is it time for reading glasses?

Ophthalmologist Darryl Gregor explains why objects up close become more difficult to read as we age.

Read more
Community

Why the Mediterranean diet is so good for you

Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos explains why eating Mediterranean-style can make you healthier.

Read more
Community

5 ways with a foam roller

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

Read more
Community

Brighton Icebergers

“Swimming in the morning is just fantastic; it leaves you exhilarated,” – Timothy Lynch, Iceberger.

Read more
Travel

Travels on two wheels

Swap the gym for the open road and make your next holiday a cycling adventure.

Read more
Community

Five tips for the aspiring runner

Lightning quick Liam Adams offers a word of advice to aspiring runners.

Read more
Experts

How Chinese medicine can help boost fertility

Spring is the season of new life. What better time then, to discuss our own reproductive health?

Read more
Experts

How exercise can transform your child’s life

Establishing good health and activity habits early may have long term learning and health benefits.

Read more
Community

Healthy mum, healthy baby

A new resource provides a wealth of information on healthy weight gain and pregnancy.

Read more
Experts

The multivitamin dilemma

Should you supplement your diet or not?

Read more
Recipes

Baked sardine recipe

These sardines can also be served as a meze. A tasty way to get a boost of omega-3 fats on a budget.

Read more
Recipes

Baked eggplant recipe

Serve this dish warm or cold with a side salad of cos lettuce, cucumber and spring onion.

Read more
Experts

Myth busting obesity

Seven prevalent obesity myths are put under scrutiny, with some results belying conventional wisdom.

Read more
Travel

Meet my city: Los Angeles

Fitness fan Amanda Grandinetti shows us the healthy hotspots around her city, Los Angeles.

Read more
Recipes

Healthy fish tacos recipe

Babes on Grill’s Alicia Twohill shares a delicious and simple way to make healthy fish tacos.

Read more
Experts

Easing the burden of cancer treatments

Medical oncologist Dr Ross Jennens explains how cancer treatments can be done in patients' homes.

Read more
Community

5 tips for mindfulness at work

How the practice of mindfulness can introduce awareness and acceptance to our workplace.

Read more
Guides

The relaxation response

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

Read more
Recipes

Chilli duck salad recipe

Darren Robertson and Mark LaBrooy of the Three Blue Ducks café share this delicious duck recipe.

Read more
Experts

Depression and dementia risk

It is not widely recognised that depression increases the risk of late-life dementia.

Read more
Lifestyle

Carrot and lentil salad recipe

Brighten your day with this hearty salad

Read more
Travel

Summer in Hong Kong

Things are heating up in Hong Kong as the city gears up for summer.

Read more
In Brief

Kids who bike or walk to school

Boost children's concentration by encouraging cycling or walking to school.

Read more
Lifestyle

Ducks with a difference

“We want to eat real food, from good, ethical sources…” Darren Robertson and Mark LaBrooy.

Read more
Community

Girls’ Night In

Swap a night out for a Girls’ Night In this October to support women with cancer.

Read more
Lifestyle

Innovative ways to achieve good health

A round up of what’s hot in the health gadget world this spring.

Read more
Lifestyle

Health Shelf with Ash Hart

Green smoothies, laughter and yoga are key ingredients in Ash Hart’s life.

Read more
Community

The final countdown

We hear from Alicia Loxley, female ambassador for the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival.

Read more
Lifestyle

Back on home turf

It’s bye bye Bani Yas as Nick Carle returns home.

Read more
Experts

Powerful proteins

Professor David Cameron-Smith delves into why protein is such a vital component of a healthy diet.

Read more
In Brief

Yousli

Yousli lets you pick and choose exactly what’s in your breakfast bowl.

Read more
Community

Libby looks back

Recently retired Olympian Libby Trickett reflects on the highs and lows of her decorated career.

Read more
Community

No stopping Matt Cowdrey

With a Paralympic medal haul of 23, Matt Cowdrey isn’t slowing down.

Read more
Community

A star from her marathon debut

With a rower, a footballer and an Olympic runner, sporting prowess runs deep in the Trengove family.

Read more
Community

Health of the nation

Health industry leaders offer their thoughts on the health of Australia, today and into the future.

Read more
Community

Cairns 70.3

Always had it in mind to complete a long distance endurance event?

Read more
In Brief

Medibank members are flying high

Medibank members are racking up flybuys points for making healthy choices at Coles.

Read more
Lifestyle

Health blogger – Dr Ginni

Sydney GP Dr Ginni discusses health issues at drginni.com.au

Read more
Lifestyle

Health blogger – Emma Stirling

Accredited Practising Dietitian Emma Stirling shares nutrition news at scoopnutrition.com

Read more
Lifestyle

Health blogger – Stacey Roberts

Parenting and vegetarian food are on the agenda at Stacey’s blog theveggiemama.com

Read more
Community

Open Gardens Weekend 2013

Spring has sprung and with it comes a very special time to be out amongst the blooms.

Read more
Community

Tips to achieve optimal health

Physiotherapist Jason Smith believes we need to adopt a new approach to health and wellbeing.

Read more
Lifestyle

Health blogger – Cassie Mendoza-Jones

Naturopathy and natural medicine are explored in Cassie’s blog elevatevitality.com.au

Read more

be. magazine spring 2013

The spring edition of be. magazine is now in store.

Read more
Community

Health of the nation – Jerril Rechter

We explore the health of the nation from six leaders from six health organisations.

Read more
Community

Health of the nation – Manny Noakes

We explore the health of the nation from six leaders from six health organisations.

Read more
Community

Health of the nation – Steve Hambleton

We explore the health of the nation from six leaders from six health organisations.

Read more
Community

Health of the nation – Warwick Anderson

We explore the health of the nation from six leaders from six health organisations.

Read more
Community

Health of the nation – Janina Nearn

We explore the health of the nation from six leaders from six health organisations.

Read more

Bringing you Bared

Ensuring comfort is the number one component of great looking shoes.

Read more
Community

playgolfWEEK

playgolfWEEK is an initiative of Golf Australia and Golf South Australia.

Read more
Community

R U OK? Day

Thursday 12 September is R U OK? Day, a reminder of the life-altering impact of a conversation.

Read more
Community

Health of the nation – George Savvides

We explore the health of the nation from six leaders from six Australian health organisations.

Read more
Community

A flexible approach to activity tracking

A look at how the latest offering from Fitbit stacks up.

Read more
Lifestyle

Dogs on show

The Royal Melbourne Dog Show showcases obedience, agility and responsible dog ownership.

Read more
In Brief

Sunscreen works in more ways than one

A new study by the Queensland Insititute of Medical Research gives us more reasons to use sunscreen.

Read more
In Brief

Coffee Encounters

New book Coffee Encounters encourages reflection on the origins of our morning brew.

Read more
Community

The power of generosity

Social experimenter Shanaka Fernando on life, lentils and how to achieve better health.

Read more
Community

Personal best

If you're aiming for more than just the finish line, Sports Dietitians Australia is here to help.

Read more
Community

Connecting with those around you

Wendell Sailor supports R U OK? Day and wants more men to ask for help when they need it.

Read more
Community

Tough mudder

Group exercise, the hardcore way.

Read more
Community

On the med school road

The journey to becoming a doctor requires dedication and commitment to a lifetime of learning.

Read more
Community

The ritual of tea

The health benefits of a humble cuppa.

Read more
Community

In it together

Prostate cancer is now the most common male cancer in the western world, excluding skin cancers.

Read more
Community

Big Red Kidney Walk

This September, you can help support Kidney Health Australia.

Read more
Community

Giving back

Joining Medibank has helped Simone Spry give back to those that assisted her with her studies.

Read more
Travel

A weekend of discovery

Simple ways to empower others with the tools to improve their quality of life.

Read more
Community

Kirigami – the Japanese art of paper cutting

Simplicity, focus and creativity come together when bringing paper to life.

Read more

Recommended reading - Issue One Spring 2012

Lifestyle

Heart the Kitchen Garden Foundation

How Stephanie Alexander is making our kids happy in the garden.

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Community

The life of a pro triathlete with Brendan Sexton

Olympian triathlete Brendan Sexton on sport, injury and his favourite triathlon locations.

Read more
Lifestyle

Keep your dog’s tail wagging with Dr. Chris Brown

Dr Chris Brown's advice - Just like you, diet and exercise is key to your dog’s health and happiness

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Experts

Hayfever treatment

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis afflicts up to 40% of Australians.

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Experts

Tread carefully

As more and more people show interest in barefoot running, we discuss the safest way to get started.

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Lifestyle

The history of the toothbrush

What gadget could you absolutely not do without?

Read more
Travel

Mind, body and soul in Tasmania

Regular mini breaks can be a refreshing, cost-effective way to recharge.

Read more
Travel

Seeking health and wellness in Thailand

 Thailand is an idyllic destination for energising travel steeped in health and wellness.

Read more
Community

How to be healthier at work

 We ask three experts for small steps to creating a healthier work environment.

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Community

Working to achieve better health

People who undertake jobs that contribute to a healthier life find fulfilment in them.

Read more
Health Check

Taking your health into your own hands

It is important for us to manage our health in order to maximise our wellness and perform our best.

Read more
Experts

Busting popular food myths

Do ‘negative calorie’ foods exist? Can you blame a slow metabolism? Popular food myths busted.

Read more
Community

Heart Rate Monitor

Medibank Members Nathan and Marcele share how heart-rate monitors might be beneficial for you.

Read more
Community

Increasing activity in the workplace

Unique fitness initiatives are growing in response to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

Read more
Lifestyle

Becoming a pet owner

Making the decision to become a pet owner is an exciting one

Read more
Community

Body composition scales

Medibank Members Nathan and Marcele share how body composition scales can be beneficial to you.

Read more
Lifestyle

Visualising health with Sally Fitzgibbons

Professional surfer Sally Fitzgibbons tells us what she does to stay happy, healthy and inspired.

Read more
Recipes

Sticky date pancake recipe

Wind up your weekend workouts and treat yourself with these delicious sticky date pancakes.

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Recipes

Ruby ginger blossom recipe

Sip on this spring inspired Ruby Ginger Blossom drink.

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Recipes

Vietnamese pho soup recipe

Fresh, healthy Vietnamese Pho soup recipe you can make at home.

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Experts

Does exercise make you gain weight?

Can exercise increase your appetite and lead to weight gain? We asked Associate Professor Tim Crowe.

Read more
Recipes

Asparagus, leek and pea tart recipe

Asparagus, Leek and Pea Tart is a delicious and easy dish for lunch or dinner.

Read more
Experts

Chinese medicine for the four seasons: Spring

How you can use Chinese Medicine to inspire new growth and regeneration in spring.

Read more
Experts

Celebrate health success

Food habits are tough to break but the rewards don’t go unnoticed.

Read more
Lifestyle

Farmers’ markets cultivate a changing foodscape

We’ve hand picked some of Australia’s best farmers’ markets for you to visit.

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Community

Work, drive and train with Paul Dumbrell

CEO Paul Dumbrell reveals how he learnt to balance business, exercise and professional motor racing.

Read more
Community

Never lose sight of the health goal with Nicole Livingstone

Even after leaving the world of elite sport in 1996, Nicole Livingstone continues to lead by example.

Read more
Advice

A journey to better health with Anthony Field

Read about how Anthony Field (a.k.a. the Blue Wiggle) he got his Wiggle back.

Read more
Community

Hit the ground running

Learn about the benefits of minimalist running, from strengthening your feet to preventing injury.

Read more
In Brief

Jerry the Bear

Jerry the Bear is a robotic teddy bear that ‘has’ diabetes.

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In Brief

Good news for rice fans

Reduce the likelihood of diabetes by incorporating rice into a low GI diet.

Read more
In Brief

Fluidity Dish Rack

The Fluidity Dish Rack is a household dish rack with a very simple but very ingenious design twist.

Read more
In Brief

Complete Food and Nutrition Companion

Catherine Saxelby’s latest book is your new nutrition bible.

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In Brief

The Saltiest Chicken Nugget in the World

Alarming results from recent study on salt content in fast food.

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Community

World Food Day

Get your school or workplace involved with World Food day to raise awareness for global hunger.

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Health Check

Medibank Symptom Checker

A clear positive of the information age is our ability to access external knowledge and opinion.

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In Brief

be. magazine spring 2012

Simple tips and advice to make a healthy transition from winter to spring.

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Community

The muesli

Add The Muesli to your mornings for a healthy and delicious breakfast that will fill you up.

Read more
Lifestyle

The road to the finish line with Steve Moneghetti

Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival: 39 years of healthy living and community participation

Read more
Health Check

Medibank Energy Balancer

There are many apps around to help us make more informed food decisions.

Read more
Community

R U OK? Day

Thursday 12 September is R U OK? Day, a reminder of the life-altering impact of a conversation.

Read more

Working to achieve better health

What is it like to work in a role that directly helps people achieve better health?

Read more

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