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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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Exercise Physiology and Diabetes

Everybody benefits from regular exercise. If you have diabetes, or are at risk of diabetes it plays an important role in keeping you health. 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. As Exercise Physiologists we often get asked many questions about how physical activity can help diabetes management and to dispel myths associated with being active. Below we help explain the benefits that exercise has with diabetes management and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about how and why physical activity is beneficial. 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 and Exercise Starting an Exercise Program Before you start any regular exercise program it is best to see your doctor for a full medical examination and clearance. Regular activity is a key part of managing diabetes along with proper meal planning, taking medications as prescribed, and stress management. Initially you want to take it slow. If you are not used to doing much exercise you need to start off slow and then slowly build up [...]

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 [...]

National Diabetes Week 2016

National Diabetes Week 2016 This year Diabetes Australia will be highlighting the tragedy of diabetes-related amputations. Every year, more than 4,400 amputations are carried out as a result of diabetes. We need to do more to reduce the impact of diabetes. Did you know that diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia, increasing at a faster rate than diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Statistics show that 1.7 million Australians have diabetes and on average 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. 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. 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 Diabetes Victoria's 2016 campaign focuses on the message: "Diabetes won't stop me". They have launched a great website - http://www.diabeteswontstopme.org.au/ to help showcase the great work and support Diabetes Victoria does in the community. Diabetes Education Did you know you can live a long and healthy life with diabetes? Kids [...]