Susie’s call to action
Did you know children who share family meals together are more likely to maintain a healthy weight? This is just one of the tips you’ll find at the Together Counts website, part of a new campaign aimed at helping Australians lead active, healthier lives. Together Counts is all about achieving “energy balance” – balancing the kilojoules we consume with the kilojoules we burn – by encouraging individuals and families to eat healthier and do more physical activity. The scary fact is nine out of 10 Australians aren’t consuming enough vegetables a day, and six in 10 aren’t getting enough physical activity. No wonder increasing numbers of us are becoming overweight or obese, and suffering from chronic preventable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Olympic swimming champ and busy mum of two Susie O’Neill, who launched the campaign earlier this year, says: “I believe the concept of energy balance is a really simple way to educate people about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Achieving day-to-day energy balance is essential for healthy weight management, and I think this is possible for anybody, as long as they have access to the right tools and information.” Find out more at
Why are we here? How can we be happy? How should we live? All these questions will be up for discussion at the 2013 Happiness and Its Causes conference in June. Now in its eighth year and for the first time in Melbourne, the forum will feature a very special guest, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with 35 other inspiring speakers who will lead various sessions exploring human happiness and wellbeing. The conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 19-20 June. To register, visit www.happinessanditscauses.com.au
If you’re already a fan of spirulina, you’ll love this new version that is twice as powerful! Dubbed the “next-generation spirulina”, Lifestream Spirulina Blue (from $34.95) contains 23 per cent pure phycocyanin – 50 per cent more than other spirulinas – which not only gives the supplement its blue colour but naturally produces higher nutrient levels. Packed with energy-sustaining essential amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, it’s the perfect weapon to combat stress, lethargy and poor immunity. www.planethealth.com.au
After living in London and travelling the world for over a decade as a professional singer and teacher of Kundalini yoga, Kathryn McCusker returned to Sydney in 2011 and opened KMYOGA space in Sydney’s Bondi Junction. Now she has just launched her first book, Kundalini Meditation ($19.99, Simon & Schuster Australia), which explains, in guided stages, how to awaken “kundalini” – an ancient Sanskrit word referring to the powerful life force present in us all – through chakra-focused meditations, mantras, breathing exercises and yoga poses. A special feature is the guided meditations targeting common problems and issues – for example, releasing anger, lifting depression, promoting healing and inviting love into your life. This inspiring yet practical book promises to bring you to a whole new level of awareness, inner peace and insight.
Now here’s a two-for-one deal we haven’t seen before – fresh breath and a vitamin hit! The brainchild of two Kiwi entrepreneurs, Vitamin Gum ($3.50) contains eight essential vitamins important for maintaining energy levels, immunity, eyesight, strong teeth and healthy bones. Just two pieces of this sugar-free gum provides 10 per cent of your daily vitamin A needs and 25 per cent of your B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, and E. Just make sure you chew for 10 minutes to ensure the release of vitamins into your body. www.facebook.com/VitaminGumANZ
Researchers at the University of Sydney are urging public health authorities to tweet more to help spread emergency messages and advice, after a new study found distributing health advice via social media is faster and more effective than other distribution methods. Lead researcher Professor Robert Steele says: “Using new communications technologies to allow people to directly receive relevant and up-to-the-minute public health information could benefit the health of millions and change the paradigm of public health information dissemination.”