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Men’s Health Week 2018

Men’s Health Week - June 11th – 17th Men’s Health Week is a week for communities across Australia to promote the benefits of a healthy body and healthy mind in men and boys – and Moonee Valley Health and Fitness is encouraging all of Melbourne to inspire the men in their lives to move more. “An active lifestyle is the most powerful way for a man to remain healthy, so that everything they have worked hard for can be enjoyed for longer. We know that regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce and manage many chronic conditions and improve mental health, and that’s what makes it so vital for a healthy body and a healthy mind,” explains Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Daniel Berkelmans. If you’re needing a hand with maintaining an active lifestyle, speak with an Accredited Exercise Scientist or Accredited Exercise Physiologist on how to get started with an exercise plan. This year’s theme “HEALTHY BODY – HEALTHY MIND: KEEPING THE BALANCE” explores the different ways men and boys are managing to keep healthy, physically and emotionally, in a busy and sometimes challenging world. #MensHealthWeek We want to motivate the men in our lives to include more physical activity into their daily schedules. With family and work life becoming more demanding, and the perceived pressure from society of maintaining masculinity, exercise can drop low on the list of priorities. However, as per the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare statistics, only an alarming two in five men are getting enough exercise. The health status of males is generally poorer than that of females. More males have accidents, die at every life stage and suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than [...]

R U OK? 2017

R U Ok? Suicide Prevention 2017 R U OK? Day is an annual day in September (today, 14/9) dedicated to remind people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, "R U OK?", in a meaningful way, because connecting regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do to make a difference and even save lives. We have built a fantastic fitness community here at Moonee Valley Health and Fitness and we are proud to support R U OK? Day and promoting their cause. By encouraging meaningful conversations about mental health and wellbeing, R U OK? strives to create better connections among peers, helping to improve support networks for those who are struggling, and ultimately prevent suicide. How to start the conversation and ask R U OK? Often we don’t ask because we’re not sure how. These conversations can sometimes be difficult, so it’s important to learn some ways to approach the situation. The R U OK website (https://www.ruok.org.au/) provides detailed resources to guide you through the process, along with lots of great ideas for creating conversations at school and in the workplace. Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA) - Mental Health Client focused exercise plan becomes crucial not just for the short-term benefits on mental health, but more importantly the long standing effect exercise has on overall mental health and wellness. Exercise, when provided suitably, and in a way that is specific and individual to the needs of the client is an excellent addition to other treatment for the ongoing journey towards good mental health. If you know of someone in your life who is wanting to commence exercise, but is suffering from some mental health challenges, or [...]

Diabetes Week 2017

Diabetes Week 2017 Diabetes Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about all types of diabetes and how this condition affects Australians. This year, Diabetes Victoria and Exercise & Spots Science Australia (ESSA) have both launched digital awareness campaigns to coincide with National Diabetes Week 2017 (9-15 July). Diabetes Victoria - Our Invisible Condition Directed to all people affected by, or at risk of, diabetes. ESSA - Don’t Sugar Coat Diabetes Aims to raise awareness of risk factors leading to the development of diabetes. Diabetes Victoria - Our Invisible Condition Diabetes is an invisible condition that doesn’t discriminate. People with diabetes can affect all ages, genders and ethnicities. You cannot see if somebody has diabetes with around 1.7 million Australians living with diabetes. This includes over 1.2 million people registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme, as well as an estimated 500,000 with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) - Don't Sugar Coat Diabetes Don't Sugar Coat Diabetes aims to educate the Australian public on how implementing exercise into their everyday life can reduce the risks of developing related chronic conditions, as well as make symptoms more manageable for those already diagnosed. One of the most effective ways to prevent and treat diabetes is through regular exercise. In general terms, exercise improves the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose. It is important for people to consult their health professional to learn more about exercising safely with diabetes and to find the dose that is right for them. Do You Know What Diabetes Is? Diabetes is a group of conditions in which there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is the body’s main source of fuel or energy. [...]

Heart Week 2017

Heart Week 2017 - 30 Apr to 6 May This year Heart Week is 30 April to 6 May, and the focus is about the importance of diagnosing and treating high blood pressure. We want to encourage you and your friends / family / work colleague to talk to your local health and fitness professionals about blood pressure testing, what the results mean and what the next steps are in managing the results if they are high. The National Heart Foundation of Australia has released new hypertension guidelines that will give you the most up-to-date advice on the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure. Learn more about: How to keep your blood pressure down   Learn more about High Blood Pressure and Exercise Learn what is hypertension Our Melbourne Exercise Physiology Clinic Exercise is Medicine in the Melbourne Community Moonee Valley Health and Fitness is an exercise physiology clinic in Melbourne that aims to promote exercise and movement in the local community. All our exercise professionals work closely with the medical community to help provide support with patients who have chronic diseases. Exercise is medicine, and our health professionals are proud to be members of EIM Network Have a question for our team? Book a consultation with a qualified Health Professional Starting an Exercise Program at MV Health and Fitness Starting an exercise program can sound like a daunting task, but it can be made easy by booking an initial consultation with one of our health and fitness professional and having our team guide you. Our Melbourne Clinic is set up in a private personal training studio, and has access to all [...]

High Blood Pressure and Exercise

Heart Week 2017 - 30 Apr to 6 May This year Heart Week is 30 April to 6 May, and the focus is about the importance of diagnosing and treating high blood pressure. We want to encourage you and your friends / family / work colleague to talk to your local health and fitness professionals about blood pressure testing, what the results mean and what the next steps are in managing the results if they are high. The National Heart Foundation of Australia has released new hypertension guidelines that will give you the most up-to-date advice on the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure. You won’t know you have high blood pressure until you have it checked. There are no signs and symptoms. The good news is that high blood pressure, or hypertension, can be controlled. High blood pressure, or hypertension, remains the leading risk factor for heart disease. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to a heart attack, stroke or kidney disease. Speak to your doctor or come into our clinic and speak with our Exercise Physiologist today about checking your blood pressure and keeping it heart-healthy. Why is my blood pressure measure important? Blood pressure is the pressure of blood on the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps it around the body. It naturally goes up and down all the time adjusting to the heart’s needs and what you’re doing. Your health professional takes your blood pressure to check it is at a normal healthy level. A blood pressure reading between 120/80mmHg to 139/89mmHg is in the normal to high normal range. If your readings are higher, you may be diagnosed with high blood pressure, or hypertension. This condition [...]

Chronic Disease Management for 2017

A CDM referral allows up to 5 Medicare-supported visits for Exercise Physiologists in a calendar year. People with any chronic condition may see an AEP one-on-one for private and individualised exercise testing, prescription counselling and support. How to organise a referral to see one of our Exercise Physiologists today. A Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) is coordinated with your local General Practitioner (GP) and practice nurses who plan and coordinate the health care of people with chronic or  complex medical conditions.  A CDM plan is for people who require a combination of health care services; from a GP and at least two other allied healthcare providers. A CDM referral allows up to 5 Medicare-supported visits to a range of allied health professionals, including Exercise Physiologists in a calendar year. Referrals can be faxed directly to our Melbourne clinic (Fax: 03 8692 6715) or can be submitted via our online referral system. You may also self-refer directly and pay “fee for service” consultation for individual services.  These are $88 for an initial 60 minute consultation and $80 per 45 minute review consultation.  Any out of pocket costs are claimable under private insurance extras cover. Email info@mvfit.com.au or phone 03 9996-0790 to make an appointment or find out more. Our Melbourne Exercise Physiology Clinic Exercise is Medicine in the Melbourne Community The role that Moonee Valley Health and Fitness has with EIM in the Melbourne community is to integrate physical activity as a standard in health care and to promote exercise and movement in the local community. All our exercise professionals work closely with the medical community to help provide support with patients who have chronic diseases. Exercise is a medicine and [...]

Mental Health Week 2016

World Mental Health Day is marked every year on the same date: 10th of October. The aim of Mental Health Week is to promote social and emotional well-being to the community, encouraging people to maximise their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families, individuals and increasing mental health recovery. Mental Health Week 2016 will run from Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th October. Victoria Mental Health This years launch was held on Tue 11th October at the Deakin Edge Theatre at Federation Square. It has now been an annual event since 1984 and has more than 20 community sponsors that have signed up to collaborate to bring this event to life. The Mental Health Foundation of Australia (VIC) will be joined by MC George Donikian (Former news presenter for the Nine Network and Network Ten), along with Key Note Speaker, Jason Ball (LGBTIQ and Mental Health advocate & 2016 Greens Candidate for Higgins). The aim of Mental Health Week Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health, through a week of interactive events across the state, including an official launch, community festivals, art exhibitions, music and seminars. Much of the effort of running Mental Health Week comes from dedicated volunteers committed to promoting mental wellbeing, furthering knowledge about mental health and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness. As co-ordinator of Mental Health Week in Victoria, the Mental Health Foundation of Australia (VIC) is delighted to have the active involvement and participation of state and federal governments, as well as non-government organisations and community-based health and social impact agencies. We are pleased to be sharing the Week with the Victorian Government, along with many other mental health, health, education, recreation, [...]

Exercise with Patients and running a successful EP Clinic

Exercise with Patients and running a successful EP Clinic. The key to a successful exercise physiology program and getting results with our patients is getting them to buy-in on our process. When promoting the exercise interventions to patients at our Melbourne Clinic our trainers focus on patient motivators, behaviours and goals as opposed to the medical or health benefits of exercise. We show the benefits of physical activity to our patients with the specific ways in which it can help them achieve their core daily needs and goals, rather than emphasizing on the medically focused goals of weight control, better health outcomes, and disease management. Whilst the medically focused goals are important to our trainers and doctors, the patients are more likely to continue their health and fitness journey when feeling the immediate benefits they receive and how it effects their daily quality of life. Our Melbourne Exercise Physiology Clinic Our message is simple. Exercise is the best, cheapest, most accessible medicine available and in order to improve chronic disease mortality rates, people need to move more. The Exercise is Medicine (EIM) message All our Accredited Exercise Physiologists at our clinic are part of the EIM Australia Network. The Exercise is Medicine message is passed on to all our patients that we work with as we focus on the immediate benefits of exercise such as the experience of feelings including relaxation, happiness and vitality. We have a great success rate with our patients when focusing on these aspects rather than selling the medical and health benefits that they will also receive such as lower blood pressure or chronic condition improvements which may not occur until weeks or months down the [...]

Dementia Awareness Month

"You are not alone" Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1 September to 30 September every year. The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone". September is Dementia Awareness Month when we aim to give Australians a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia. It also highlights the importance of accessing services and information early to empower and enable everybody impacted by dementia, including carers. There are more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is presenting a number of events and activities across Victoria, and we would love the Moonee Valley Health and Fitness community to get involved. What is Dementia? Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life. What Causes Dementia There are many different forms of dementia and each has its own causes. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Huntington's disease, Alcohol related dementia (Korsakoff's syndrome) and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. Who gets Dementia Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. People in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia. What can be done to help? At present there is no prevention or cure for most forms of dementia. However, some medications [...]

Healthy Bones – Osteoporosis

Healthy Bones - Action Week Healthy Bones Action Week (formerly Nationally Healthy Bones Week) has been encouraging people of all ages to protect their bones since its inception in 1994. Osteoporosis is one of the least-discussed, under-diagnosed and under-treated diseases in Australia, yet poor bone health affects 2 in 3 Australians over 50 years, including a growing number of men. You are never too young – or old – to act when it comes to protecting your bones. Healthy Bones Action Week calls on Australians of all ages to take the three actions to build and maintain healthy bones: Increase daily serves of calcium through milk, cheese or yoghurt. Go for a walk or committing to some new form of regular exercise. Spend time outdoors to get more vitamin D. What is osteoporosis? Genes and lifestyle impact how strong bones are. While you can’t change your genetics, you can adopt a ‘bonefriendly’ lifestyle which includes adequate calcium intake, exercise and sufficient vitamin D. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose calcium and other minerals, making them fragile and more likely to fracture. In Australia, osteoporosis affects 1.2 million people. This number is expected to increase as our population grows older. Osteoporosis affects more than 1 in 5 women over the age of 65 years, compared with around 1 in 20 men. Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis because of the rapid drop in the hormone oestrogen during menopause. In men, testosterone levels decline more gradually. As a result, bone mass in men usually remains adequate until later in life. By age 65, both men and women lose bone at the same rate. It is never too late to start looking after your bones and take [...]