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A second chance at love: Why adopt an older pet

Kittens and puppies are very cute, but adopting an older pet can be really rewarding – for both of you.

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Lifestyle

Is laughter really the best medicine?

There's some truth to the saying – laughter really is good for you.

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Lifestyle

3 good reasons to eat with the seasons

Here's why you should fill up on fresh, seasonal produce.

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Lifestyle

Play like a girl: 8 AFLW players you need to know

Keep an eye on these amazing women making Australian sporting history.

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Lifestyle

6 ways to sneak exercise into your work day

No time to exercise? Here are some easy ways to get moving at the office.

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Lifestyle

The community garden

As cities grow bigger and living spaces get smaller, connecting with the land is more important than

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Lifestyle

The effects of kindness

Can a lawyer change his life by reading a short stack of self-help books in one week?

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Lifestyle

Sign of affection

Why the love heart is the most iconic icon of all time

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Lifestyle

Forces of nature

Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have consumed mind-altering plants to change their perception

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Lifestyle

Hearts and minds

A look at the growing connection between what we feel and how we think.

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Lifestyle

13 easy ways to be more active at work

Here are some simple ways you can get moving throughout the day.

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Lifestyle

How runner Gen LaCaze stays motivated and focused

The steeplechase champ describes how she achieves her best – physically and mentally.

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Lifestyle

5 reasons to try an outdoor gym

Like a playground, but better. Here's why you should give outdoor fitness a go.

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Lifestyle

7 delicious ways to enjoy avocado

Oh-so-tasty ideas for your favourite creamy avo.

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Lifestyle

5 outdoor adventures you have to try

The mountains, rivers and hiking trails are calling.

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Lifestyle

Can origami help you achieve mindfulness?

Fold your way to a calmer mind. The soothing art of origami can double as a mindfulness tool.

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Lifestyle

7 things I learnt from a 7-day digital detox

Could you use a break to disconnect and recharge?

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Lifestyle

How to create your perfect summer fitness plan

Reboot your fitness this summer and feel strong, bright and energised.

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Lifestyle

7 ways to get active in spring

Here are some fun ways to mix up your workout in the warmer months.

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Lifestyle

5 relaxing yoga poses for the work week

This relaxing sequence of yoga poses will have you feeling rejuvenated.

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Lifestyle

Parkrun: What to expect

Want to give parkrun a go? Here's everything you need to know for your first time.

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Lifestyle

4 ways to prevent running injuries

Look after your body while you run. Here's how to lower your chances of getting injured.

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Lifestyle

How to start running with your kids

Find out how exercising with your kids is beneficial for both of you.

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Lifestyle

Making the decision to Donate Life

Talk to your loved ones about your wishes and register your decision online.

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Lifestyle

The history of the stethoscope

Brilliant ideas often spring from unlikely places, like the playful history of the stethoscope

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Lifestyle

Winter bike riding tips

Tour De France winner Cadel Evans tells you how to keep bike riding through the winter months.

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Lifestyle

6 essential apps for mind and body

Want to fuel your body, reach those targets and tune your mind? Let these apps sweat it out for you.

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Lifestyle

How to create the perfect morning routine

Mornings deserve to be designed - here are 5 tips to curate the start to a perfect day.

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Lifestyle

Healthy school lunchbox ideas

Healthy kids are happy kids with this innovative school lunch ideas.

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Lifestyle

Kids’ bike maintenance 101

Few are more qualified than Cadel Evans to give tips on maintaining your bike.

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Lifestyle

How bike riding boosts kids’ health

Discover why bike riding is good for children and the different ways it helps them to develop.

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Lifestyle

6 reasons why every kid should learn to ride a bike

Get Cadel Evans' insight on why every kid should learn to ride a bike.

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Lifestyle

6 reasons why balance bikes are great for kids

Need to know why your child should learn to ride bikes on a balance bike? Cadel Evans answers

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Lifestyle

How to choose a bike helmet for your child

Cadel Evans tells you what you need to look out for when purchasing a bike helmet.

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Lifestyle

Keeping kids safe: Bike and road safety essentials

Cadel Evans touches on bike equipment safety and being observant on and around roads.

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Lifestyle

How to choose a balance bike for your child

A guide to buying the best bike for your little one.

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Lifestyle

7 easy ways to get active in winter

Take a look at a list of activities to keep your heart racing during the dreary winter months

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Lifestyle

15 bush tucker ingredients you should know

Try using bush tucker ingredients in your cooking for delicious native Australian flavour.

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Lifestyle

10 fitness and wellbeing podcasts to get you inspired

Supercharge your motivation, learn something new, and be entertained with uplifting health podcasts.

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Lifestyle

Side Lunge

A stretch for your hips and legs.

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Lifestyle

Pendulum Stretch

A stretch for your hamstrings and inner thighs.

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Lifestyle

Forward Fold with a Twist

A stretch for your legs, hips, waist and shoulders.

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Lifestyle

The best way to plant seedlings

Get seedlings off to the best start with hot tips from Stephanie Alexander’s Garden Kitchen.

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Lifestyle

Your quick-start guide to running training

Whether you're gearing up for a marathon or your first 5 km, prepare your mind, body and wardrobe.

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Lifestyle

How to play better basketball: Advanced tips

Want to improve your technique when going for that three-pointer? Aimie Clydesdale shows you how.

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Lifestyle

How to play better basketball

Warm up and shoot like a pro with tips from professional player Aimie Clydesdale.

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Lifestyle

How barre workouts get you long and lean

Barre founder Cat Woods sits down for an interview to discuss how to prepare for her workouts.

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Lifestyle

How to support someone experiencing domestic violence

1800RESPECT shares how you can help support family and friends affected by domestic violence.

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Lifestyle

Good Cycles

A bike shop and mobile mechanic that helps disadvantaged people build their skills and find employment.

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Lifestyle

7 ways volunteering can improve your life

Giving to your community is a two way street. Here's how volunteering can enrich your life.

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Lifestyle

6 ways to keep your heart healthy

Give your heart some love and care and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attack.

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Lifestyle

The first step to better health for Australia

Most of us think about making healthy changes at least weekly. What stops us from making the leap?

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Lifestyle

How to do a daily digital detox

Australian's spend more time scrolling than sleeping. Here's how to take time to recharge yourself.

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Lifestyle

Conscious threads

Live simply, travel mindfully and keep active - Patagonia creates for exploring responsibly.

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Lifestyle

7 ways to enjoy pomegranates

Interested to try pomegranate in some new ways?

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Lifestyle

How to make a rain gauge for the garden

Take your gardening to the next level with this simple, kid-friendly weather project.

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Lifestyle

High intensity interval training: The fast track to fitness results

Here’s how to use HIIT to improve your fitness, strength and fat burning in just 30 minutes.

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Lifestyle

Autumn kitchen garden guide

Love autumn produce? Here are some hints for planting and harvesting this autumn.

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Lifestyle

Hula hooping: Get fit, tone up and have fun

Hoop dance teacher Deanne Love tells us why hula hooping is a great full body workout.

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Lifestyle

How to make chilli strings

Do your kids love being involved in the kitchen? Try making chilli strings!

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Lifestyle

Modern family

What is a "family"? We take a look at the history and future of Australian households.

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Lifestyle

6 post-Mardi Gras hangover tips

Couldn’t say no to that second rainbow cocktail? Soothe your party fever with these tips.

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Lifestyle

How to grow a better garden

Grow your skills as well as your garden, with helpful advice from a green-thumbed horticulturist.

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Lifestyle

The secrets of a healthy lifestyle

Healthy lifestyles are born from habit. Here's how to create your own healthy habits today.

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Lifestyle

5 simple ways to relieve stress (without chocolate biscuits)

Feeling overwhelmed? Calm and recharge yourself with these positive stress-reducing techniques.

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Lifestyle

Why we should eat more mussels

Sustainable and nutrient-rich, these succulent shellfish gems are the perfect addition to our plates

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Lifestyle

How to make better pizza

Step up your pizza game with a lesson from Melbourne's own Pizza Champion, Johnny Di Francesco.

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Lifestyle

6 creative developments in health tech

Sci-fi or reality? The latest innovations in the brave new world of health tech are unbelievable.

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Lifestyle

Red Cross: Summer disaster relief

The Red Cross helps to rebuild communities after extensive natural disaster damage.

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Lifestyle

5 tips for summer weddings

Be a cool, calm and collected bride with these tips from author Alex Miles.

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Lifestyle

How to make New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually keep

Goals should improve wellbeing. Boost your New Year’s resolution with positive psychology.

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Lifestyle

The best of be. magazine 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, we remember the best of this year at be. magazine.

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Lifestyle

Healthy eating: A party season survival guide

Here's how to relish the odd festive indulgence – without too much New Year’s health regret.

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Lifestyle

The history of glasses

Where would we be without glasses? Nick Snelling takes a close look at the evolution of eyewear.

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Lifestyle

Choosing aged care accommodation

The thought of aged care for your loved ones can be daunting - here’s some tips to ease the strain.

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Lifestyle

Stand up paddle boarding: A sport with something for everyone

Discover the relaxing and exhilarating experience of stand-up paddleboarding.

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Lifestyle

3 tips for getting kids to wear sunscreen

Creating sunscreen habits for your kid is important - here’s a few tips on how to get started.

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Lifestyle

A bush escape

Escape to Dunkeld for a rejuvenating blend of wholesome food, local history and the great outdoors

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Why we should grow our own food

A word from Herbert Peabody, the much-loved farmer in Bianca Ross’s lovely children’s book series.

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Lifestyle

A day at Medibank Wave Warriors – what to expect

What you can expect from a day at the Medibank Wave Warriors.

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5 reasons to work on your sleep

From weight management to happiness - here’s a handful of reasons you should work on your sleep.

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Lifestyle

How Fitbit can boost your family’s health

Fitbit is a handy device that can show whether your family is getting enough exercise.

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Lifestyle

5 sneaky ways to move more during the day

5 ways to help you reach the required 10,000 steps a day – it's easier than you think.

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Lifestyle

How to work out together, apart

5 ways Fitbit will help you stay connected with your partner while running solo.

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Lifestyle

5 reasons to walk to work

5 reasons why you should start walking to work in the morning.

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Lifestyle

What kids should eat on sports days

Get young athletes fuelled up so they can give it their best shot. Here's a delicious day plan

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Lifestyle

10 small changes to kickstart your fitness

Refresh and recharge your health this spring with a few small changes to your daily routine.

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Lifestyle

Why surf lifesaving is the perfect kids’ sport

Medibank Wave Warriors gets kids involved in the surf, which will benefit them in numerous ways.

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Lifestyle

How to break the sugary drink habit

What you need to know about sugary drinks – and why you should choose lighter alternatives instead

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Lifestyle

Food for active kids

Young, active bodies need the right nutrients to stay vibrant and strong. Here's a guide.

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Lifestyle

Welcome to the Moderation Movement

Why it’s time to replace strict diets and rules with a balanced and forgiving approach to wellbeing.

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Lifestyle

The 5 day lunchbox challenge

Build a better work lunchbox with these inspired ideas – healthy, delicious and easy

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Lifestyle

Feed the family on a budget

Here’s how to cut down your weekly supermarket costs – while keeping the whole family happy

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Lifestyle

5 delicious dinners (that make excellent leftovers)

Lunch tomorrow? Sorted. These quick and nourishing dinners taste just as good the next day

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Lifestyle

The lazy cook’s guide to healthy weeknight meals

These simple hacks will have you whipping up delicious, healthy meals in no time

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Lifestyle

5 hacks for mastering the art of weekly food prep

Here's how to prep your food like a pro – in just an hour at the weekend

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Recommended reading - Issue One Spring 2012

Lifestyle

Heart the Kitchen Garden Foundation

How Stephanie Alexander is making our kids happy in the garden.

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Community

The life of a pro triathlete with Brendan Sexton

Olympian triathlete Brendan Sexton on sport, injury and his favourite triathlon locations.

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Lifestyle

Keep your dog’s tail wagging with Dr. Chris Brown

Dr Chris Brown's advice - Just like you, diet and exercise is key to your dog’s health and happiness

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Experts

Hayfever treatment

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis afflicts up to 40% of Australians.

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Experts

Tread carefully

As more and more people show interest in barefoot running, we discuss the safest way to get started.

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Lifestyle

The history of the toothbrush

What gadget could you absolutely not do without?

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Travel

Mind, body and soul in Tasmania

Regular mini breaks can be a refreshing, cost-effective way to recharge.

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Travel

Seeking health and wellness in Thailand

 Thailand is an idyllic destination for energising travel steeped in health and wellness.

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Community

How to be healthier at work

 We ask three experts for small steps to creating a healthier work environment.

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Community

Working to achieve better health

People who undertake jobs that contribute to a healthier life find fulfilment in them.

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Health Check

Taking your health into your own hands

It is important for us to manage our health in order to maximise our wellness and perform our best.

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Experts

Busting popular food myths

Do ‘negative calorie’ foods exist? Can you blame a slow metabolism? Popular food myths busted.

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Community

Heart Rate Monitor

Medibank Members Nathan and Marcele share how heart-rate monitors might be beneficial for you.

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Community

Increasing activity in the workplace

Unique fitness initiatives are growing in response to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

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Lifestyle

Becoming a pet owner

Making the decision to become a pet owner is an exciting one

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Community

Body composition scales

Medibank Members Nathan and Marcele share how body composition scales can be beneficial to you.

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Lifestyle

Visualising health with Sally Fitzgibbons

Professional surfer Sally Fitzgibbons tells us what she does to stay happy, healthy and inspired.

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Recipes

Sticky date pancake recipe

Wind up your weekend workouts and treat yourself with these delicious sticky date pancakes.

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Recipes

Ruby ginger blossom recipe

Sip on this spring inspired Ruby Ginger Blossom drink.

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Recipes

Vietnamese pho soup recipe

Fresh, healthy Vietnamese Pho soup recipe you can make at home.

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Experts

Does exercise make you gain weight?

Can exercise increase your appetite and lead to weight gain? We asked Associate Professor Tim Crowe.

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Recipes

Asparagus, leek and pea tart recipe

Asparagus, Leek and Pea Tart is a delicious and easy dish for lunch or dinner.

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Experts

Chinese medicine for the four seasons: Spring

How you can use Chinese Medicine to inspire new growth and regeneration in spring.

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Experts

Celebrate health success

Food habits are tough to break but the rewards don’t go unnoticed.

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Lifestyle

Farmers’ markets cultivate a changing foodscape

We’ve hand picked some of Australia’s best farmers’ markets for you to visit.

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Community

Work, drive and train with Paul Dumbrell

CEO Paul Dumbrell reveals how he learnt to balance business, exercise and professional motor racing.

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Community

Never lose sight of the health goal with Nicole Livingstone

Even after leaving the world of elite sport in 1996, Nicole Livingstone continues to lead by example.

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Advice

A journey to better health with Anthony Field

Read about how Anthony Field (a.k.a. the Blue Wiggle) he got his Wiggle back.

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Community

Hit the ground running

Learn about the benefits of minimalist running, from strengthening your feet to preventing injury.

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In Brief

Jerry the Bear

Jerry the Bear is a robotic teddy bear that ‘has’ diabetes.

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In Brief

Good news for rice fans

Reduce the likelihood of diabetes by incorporating rice into a low GI diet.

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In Brief

Fluidity Dish Rack

The Fluidity Dish Rack is a household dish rack with a very simple but very ingenious design twist.

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In Brief

Complete Food and Nutrition Companion

Catherine Saxelby’s latest book is your new nutrition bible.

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In Brief

The Saltiest Chicken Nugget in the World

Alarming results from recent study on salt content in fast food.

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Community

World Food Day

Get your school or workplace involved with World Food day to raise awareness for global hunger.

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Health Check

Medibank Symptom Checker

A clear positive of the information age is our ability to access external knowledge and opinion.

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In Brief

be. magazine spring 2012

Simple tips and advice to make a healthy transition from winter to spring.

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Community

The muesli

Add The Muesli to your mornings for a healthy and delicious breakfast that will fill you up.

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Lifestyle

The road to the finish line with Steve Moneghetti

Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival: 39 years of healthy living and community participation

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Health Check

Medibank Energy Balancer

There are many apps around to help us make more informed food decisions.

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Community

R U OK? Day

Thursday 12 September is R U OK? Day, a reminder of the life-altering impact of a conversation.

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Working to achieve better health

What is it like to work in a role that directly helps people achieve better health?

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