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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 [...]

This Girl Can

This Girl Can Finding a fun sport to try can feel intimidating, especially for many women who don’t feel like they’re ‘sporty’ or ‘talented’ enough to take up a new activity. Vic Health have put together a great selection of stories from Victorian women who have first-hand experience overcoming these challenges and have helpful advice for getting active. Visit This Girl Can - Victoria to learn more about how to embrace physical activity in a way that suits you. Looking for some inspiration to get active? Get Moving Whether it’s a walk in the park, a gym session or group fitness class, a jog / run, or getting a few friends together for a game of netball, there are so many ways to get active. Here are a just few ideas to help you get started. Women supporting women This Girl Can asked their ambassadors to share their top tips for being active – let them inspire you! I keep my sports bag packed and in my car, so I’m always ready to exercise. I go with a buddy, so I feel accountable – I even imagine them waiting for me alone, in the cold – I don’t want to let them down! I put my alarm clock on the other side of the room. Then when it goes off, I physically have to get up to turn it off. I also set three consecutive alarms so I don’t have an excuse! When I’m doing the child-drop off first thing in the morning, I wear my exercise gear. And I make a promise to myself to exercise before I go home. I like to remind myself not [...]

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 [...]

Fitness Challenge June – 100 Push Ups in 30 Days

Fitness Challenge June - 100 Push Ups in 30 Days How to do a Push Up. Place your hands on the floor outside shoulder width Put your feet on the floor shoulder width apart Raise your body off the ground so your body is straight and your arms are straight holding your body up Bend your elbows and lower your body towards the floor with your chest between your between your elbows Then Press back up into the staring position. * If you can not complete push ups on toes, place your knees on the floor and complete the above.

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]