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Diabetes Support and Getting Active

Did you know that 280 Australians develop diabetes every day? Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes as well as silent, un-diagnosed type 2 diabetes. In Victoria, there are currently 300,000 people living with diabetes and every day, around 70 Victorians develop the condition. Diabetes Victoria offers great support groups for people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. So what is Diabetes? Diabetes is the name given to 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. High blood glucose levels can affect many parts of the body but with the right advice, technology and medication diabetes can be managed well. The different types of diabetes There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Read more about type 1 diabetes and exercise Read more about type 2 diabetes and exercise Diabetes Victoria - Support Groups Support groups bring together people who share common experiences, conditions, concerns, goals or interests. They offer people an opportunity to improve their quality of life through mutual support and education. They can also bring about change for themselves and the wider community. Support program is a service offered by Diabetes Victoria to facilitate and empower all members of diabetes support groups. There are both type 1 and type 2 specific peer support groups. These groups help: Provide information to members and the general public about Diabetes Victoria. Facilitate and coordinate community education forums in metropolitan Melbourne, regional and rural areas. Work with health care professionals including dietitians, podiatrists, exercise physiologists and diabetes educators to raise awareness of diabetes [...]

Are you at risk? Type 2 diabetes awareness

Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke can be prevented or delayed if you work to lower your risks. You cannot change your age, gender or ethnicity but you can change some lifestyle risks including: Lifestyle Risks Include: if you are overweight or obese with a large waist size do not do much physical activity have an unhealthy diet if you smoke have high blood cholesterol have high blood pressure if you are stressed Being active, maintaining a healthy weight and eating healthy and balanced meals can are just some of the simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk. The Life! program is a Victorian lifestyle modification program that helps you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Run by expert health professionals, the program is delivered as a Group Course or a Telephone Health Coaching service. Funded by the Victorian Government and managed by Diabetes Victoria it is the biggest prevention program of its type in Australia. Take the first step to good health. Complete the AUSDRISK test on the Life! program website and learn more about your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You can take the test here Healthy Living Increasing the activity in your day Being physically active and limiting your sedentary behaviour is essential for health and well-being. Research has shown that just 30 minutes of moderate activity a day has many health benefits. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount. If you'd like to learn the right technique and exercise selection contact our health professionals to book an initial consultation to help. Whether it is training at home by yourself [...]

2016 Election Polling Booth near MVFit

We look forward to seeing all our members at our morning group personal training and boot camp session Saturday morning.  For all our members who are thinking of getting in their early morning workout and then going to vote, Google Australia have this year released a great little map that has all your Polling Places listed in the area. The interactive Federal Election map is unlike any other map Google currently offers via search. The map also contains information on what polling booths are accessible by wheelchair, directions on how to get to the booth and what time it opens and closes. Polling Booths near Moonee Valley Health and Fitness There are a number of polling booths near our gym with the closets only being 500m away. Mt Alexander College 169 Mount Alexander Rd, FLEMINGTON, VIC (only 500m away) Ascot Vale Primary School Bank St, ASCOT VALE, VIC Wingate Community Centre 13A Wingate Ave, ASCOT VALE, VIC A full list of the locations of this years polling booths near our studio: Electorate of Melbourne Electorate of Maribyrnong Electorate of Wills On the night of July 2, the map will also give real-time information on election results including which party is currently holding the majority of votes, what percentage of an electorate has voted as well as colour coded electorate outlines (based on who is currently holding majority) as soon as the counting is started when polls close. The information will be updated in real-time once confirmed by the Australian Electoral Commission.   With a polling booth only 500m away from the studio, there is no excuse to not get in your Saturday morning workout before going to vote :D :D [...]

Exercise Right Week 2016

Exercise Right Week 23 - 29 May 2016 Exercise Right Week (23-29 May), promoted annually by Exercise & Sports Science Australia, is all about inspiring people to live happier and healthier lives by empowering them through exercise. It also celebrates the Accredited Exercise Physiologist and their mission in empowering people to exercise right for who they are and their condition. During Exercise Right Week, why not start talking to your patients and clients about exercise and how its prescription, in many cases, can be more beneficial than the prescription of medication to prevent and treat chronic conditions. Exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on common chronic diseases including blood pressure, cholesterol, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain. It is also the cheapest and most accessible medicine available. ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGISTS ARE THE EXPERTS WHO CAN HELP YOU EXERCISE RIGHT So why not ensure that we add a dose of exercise right in our prescription for the prevention, treatment and management of these conditions? Book an initial consultation with our Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Moonee Valley Health and Fitness to assist with exercise management for chronic conditions. When it comes to exercise, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s important to exercise right for your uniqueness – right professional, right place, right time. You can learn more about Exercise Right Week as well as tools and tips to promote Exercise Right week at your workplace. 2016 Exercise Right Week Get behind #ExerciseRightWeek from 23-29 May 2016 EIM Network Moonee Valley Health and Fitness is proud to be part of the Exercise is Medicine Australia Network. Learn More > Frequently Asked Questions Common questions about our [...]

Moonee Valley Festival 2016

Moonee Valley Festival at Queens Park, Moonee Ponds Come on down to the 2016 Moonee Valley Festival in Queen Park in February and enjoy the free entertainment that the Moonee Valley City Council has organised. When: Sunday 28th February 2016 Where: Queens Park, Moonee Ponds Event Time: 10.00am-5.00pm The annual Moonee Valley Festival will be on again in Queens Park for a free day of summer fun on Sunday, 28 February. The whole community is invited to be part of the excitement with market stalls, roving performers, live music, dance and entertainment, workshops and activities, the business expo, delectable food, and carnival rides. Our Moonee Valley Health and Fitness team will be there in the Health and Wellbeing Area and can't wait to see you all! Watch a video of the Moonee Valley Festival What's on at the 2016 Moonee Valley Fesitval Food Stalls Live Music For the Kids Live Action Community Play Great Fun, Giveaways and Prizes A full list of all the stage times can be found at the bottom of this page. Food Stalls, Lots of Festive Treats and a Cooking Stage The festival will have great food with food stalls and festive treats galore. Join the Mayor and Councillors at the Champagne Breakfast, from 10am to 12 noon. Foodies will also love the cooking demonstrations featured at the Cooking Stage. The Cooking Stage This year on the cooking stage will be: 10am-11am - Awo’s Kitchen - A Taste of West Africa 11am-12 noon - Sliding Door Restaurant 12pm-1pm - Country Women’s Association 1pm-2pm - Bahari 2pm-3pm - Hunky Dory Moonee Ponds 3pm-4pm - 400 Gradi Essendon 4pm-5pm - Tiny Chef Live Entertainment with Music [...]