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Better eating disorder support | Maribyrnong & Hobsons Bay

The state budget includes a $31 million investment into services and treatment for Victorians, including those in Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay who are struggling with an eating disorder.

This funding comes following the unprecedented global pandemic and the pervasive impact of social media which have both caused a significant rise in new eating disorders and relapses – a statistic that is sadly replicated worldwide.

The package includes $6.4 million to deliver 10 dedicated early intervention professionals in the communities that need them most through Area Mental Health and Wellbeing Services. These professionals will support consumers to improve the speed of recovery, reduce symptoms and the likelihood of long-term recovery.

Mental Health Minister Ingrid Stitt said every Victorian deserves to get the support they need.

“We recognise the vital impact of early intervention for Victorians facing mental health challenges, including eating disorders. This funding is crucial, helping us to deliver

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Is emotional eating sabotaging your weight-loss efforts? | Lifestyle

You know losing that extra weight would be good for your health. Your health care team talked with you about how obesity increases your risk of other health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. They even worked out a healthy eating plan, and you want to stick to it. And you do well for many days, but then something upsetting happens, and your first thought is food.

Emotional eating is eating to suppress or soothe negative emotions, such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness. Food also can be a distraction. If you’re worried about an upcoming event or stewing over a conflict, for instance, you may focus on eating comfort food instead of dealing with the painful situation.

Emotional eating often leads to eating too much, especially overeating foods that are sweet, fatty and high in calories. And

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Why eating with friends and family is good for your mental health

If your mental health has taken a hit recently you’re certainly not alone. Figures from Mind reveal approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

While treatments can vary from medication to talking therapies, experts increasingly believe lifestyle changes could help improve our wellbeing and also aid in tackling mental health issues, including spending more time cooking and eating with our friends and family.

A recent poll from HelloFresh has revealed 85% of families are looking to dine together more often this year with a whopping (97%) of Brits claiming that sharing that food is the top source of happiness in their lives.

Further research from the University of Oxford found that the more often people eat with others, the more likely they are to feel happy and satisfied with their lives.

Using data from a national survey by The Big Lunch,

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How to eat healthy during the winter

On a cold winter day, a delicious meal might warm you up. But is it healthy?

GREENSBORO, N.C. — On a cold winter day, a yummy meal or big bowl of chili can warm us up and our spirits. But how healthy are they? 

Cone Health Dietitian Kate Watts joined us today to talk about how to make delicious healthy winter comfort foods, convenient recipe alternatives, getting your kids involved in the kitchen and more.

Watts says there are ways to transform classic winter comfort foods into healthier versions without losing any of that delicious taste. You can increase the health value of dishes by adding vegetables to your meals. Adding carrots to chili, mushrooms to lasagna, or cabbage to soup will add more flavor and provide a nutrient boost. 

Another option is swapping out healthier ingredients in your meals. Adding things like whole grains and beans are an affordable

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Exercise, eat well, avoid excess: how healthy habits in your 30s help in later life | Making health click into place

For anyone who has recently blown out the 3-0 candles on a birthday cake, it can feel as if your whole life is still ahead of you. An exciting whirlwind of weddings, travel, job promotions and new house keys awaits. So, the last thing you are likely to be thinking about in terms of health – beyond finding the energy to fulfil a packed diary – is your long-term physical wellbeing.

Yet, there’s plenty of scientific health” data-link-name=”in body link”research to show that developing healthy habits during your 30s, rather than waiting for your body to stop functioning as it should, will not only leave you feeling better right now but also set you up well for the future. “Our lifestyle habits impact on our risks of various diseases – the longer we smoke, for example, the greater our risk of suffering from heart disease and multiple cancers,”

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Don’t forget health, safety steps

The beginning of the new academic year also sets in motion parental concerns of the health and safety of their wards. The Ministry of Health and doctors advise parents as well as school staff to pay more attention to the health of the children.

Doctors feel that school reopening often brings a host of health issues like flu, fever, diarrhoea as children face summer heat, consume food from eateries and are careless about cleanliness. The parents are also worried about safety on the school bus. The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has advised all drivers as well as assistants on the buses to check to avoid risks of asphyxiation inside the bus as the tiny tots tend to fall asleep often after hectic school hours.

Dr Hilal bin Ali al Sabti, Minister of Health, after careful review of the national plan for school and university health for this year, said the

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4 Easy Food Swaps to Help Improve Your Gut Health, According to a Gastroenterologist

More guac? Say less!

Reviewed by Dietitian Emily Lachtrupp, M.S., RD

At EatingWell, we’re big fans of gastroenterologist and cookbook author Will Bulsiewicz, M.D. Using his social media for good, the doctor constantly gives science-backed advice for his followers to help support their gut health and healthy digestion. This includes drinks to help you poop, the #1 nutrient to eat for weight loss and, most recently, food swaps to improve your gut health overnight.

While emphasizing that the gut may take some time to heal completely, taking weeks or months depending on the individual, Bulsiewicz stated in a recent post that there are small changes you can make in your eating habits that can help improve your gut health overnight.

“The food you eat today will start a shift in your microbiome by tomorrow,” Bulsiewicz wrote in the caption of the new Instagram video. “If you

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Unique insights in healthy packaged goods market

Australia’s most learned experts, and top supermarket representatives, will take to the stage at this year’s Naturally Good Summit delivering key insights into the hottest topics and trends currently driving the natural and organic wellness sector.

The summit, which will take place on Monday, June 5 at Sydney’s ICC as part of the 2023 Naturally Good event, will cover the core areas of trends and innovation, sustainability and socially conscious business, consumer insights, business strategy and retail. Visitors can take advantage of the summit’s early bird offer by purchasing tickets before midnight, Friday, 5 May.

Acclaimed speakers include Shruti Gupta, head of Buying Health and Wellness at Woolworths; Melissa Matteo, head of Buying Health and Breakfast at Coles; Michelle Teodoro, associate director Food Science at Mintel; Anastasia Lloyd-Wallis, head of Consumer Insights at Retail Doctor, Lauren Branson, CEO of Calyx.Eco, and Chris Freel from UnLtd & Mood.


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Rhode Island bill legalizes abortion care under Medicaid and state employee health plan

Sen. Bridget Valverde (D-North Kingstown), Senate sponsor of the Equality in Abortion Coverage Act, said the EACA was unfinished business after a state-based abortion right became law in 2019.

“We protected Rhode Islanders from losing the right that has been stripped from millions of Americans across the country over the last year, following the Dobbs decision by the Supreme Court,” Valverde said. “[But] a right to a health care service is useless if we intentionally prevent people’s health insurance from covering it. The ban on abortion coverage in Medicaid and state plans has been an unfair and unjust barrier to the full range of reproductive healthcare, which includes abortion.”

The Senate passed the EACA on a 24-12 vote, with support from President Dominick Ruggerio.

The opposition came from the GOP minority in the Senate and a sprinkling of Democrats.

Senate GOP Leader Jessica de la Cruz of North Smithfield

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How CF Has Impacted My Mental Health

A lot has changed in my life after being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. I remember when I was 10 years old and coughing up blood for the first time – it almost took the soul out of my body. I was so scared that I didn’t tell my parents for a while. After I told them, they were equally frightened. 

My medical journey has been a roller coaster. Coming from a country where newborn screening and genetic testing are not available – only in a few selected hospitals – no one ever suspected I might have CF. I had frequent pneumonia growing up, and my symptoms started when I was 9. My parents took me to a pediatrician, and I was diagnosed with asthma. Later, I was misdiagnosed with tuberculosis and was put on medications, which further negatively affected my lungs. Finally, I was taken to an allergy specialist and

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