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Mayver's is a small Australian family company producing locally-made, delicious nut and seed table spreads including Peanut Butter, and Tahini. Their Natural Peanut Butter Crunchy and Smooth is made from 100% Australian peanuts are as close to natural as you could ask for. They are simply crushed up, and bottled with a pinch of sea salt; there's not a long list of barely decipherable ingredients in sight.
All of the spreads in the Mayver's range are gluten and dairy free and don't contain sugar, oil, cholesterol, hardened fats, or palm oil. Made in Victoria and available in Coles, Woolworths and leading health food stores, the range includes Peanut Butters, almond spreads, tahini, super spreads and organic options.
Head to www.mayvers.com.au for more information.
Premium all-inclusive holiday provider, Club Med, is expanding its renowned ski offering with the opening of its newest Snow Resort, Club Med Beidahu, China. Featuring world-class ski trails, Club Med Beidahu offers an immersive cultural ski experience in China’s home of film for both families and couples. Club Med is now taking bookings for November 2016.
Located in Jilin, the home of movies and film festivals in China, Club Med Beidahu reflects its surroundings with the latest in digital hospitality including the first ski and archery simulators*, a social media centre with digital photo shooting and on-site printing*, as well as an official Resort mobile chat service connecting guests directly to customer services and more.
Club Med’s premium all-inclusive package includes accommodation, gourmet meals and snacks, premium open bar including cocktails and spirits, lift passes and lessons. Airport transfers and ski/snowboard hire can also be added to your package when booking.
With a 173 per cent increase in Australians travelling to Asian mountain Resorts1 over the past five years, Madeleine Clow, General Manager of Club Med Australia and New Zealand says of the opening: “China continues to grow in popularity with Australians and we’re excited to extend our Chinese snow offering with the opening of Beidahu, our 24th snow resort worldwide and the second in China. We know travellers are always looking for a destination that’s unique and culturally rich, which is why we’re thrilled about the launch of this new Resort for Australian families and couples.”
Club Med Beidahu is a family friendly resort welcoming children from two years and has a wide range of kid friendly activities.
An extensive selection of local and authentic delacacies, and authentic northern Chinese cuisine is served up for every meal at Club Med Beidahu. The Resort’s main restaurant offers a variety of international and local Chinese dishes while specialty restaurant Le Petit Bus Rouge combines an authentic noodle bar and northern-style hot pot dining.
Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Club Med Beidahu offers ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes from the Resort. Located at the home of the Winter Asian Games 2007 in the heart of Songhuahu National Park, snow runs snake through the forests and include a 1.2km advanced trail and a 1.7km beginner trail. A mix of on piste and alpine trails means there’s a run for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, and the ski domain is home to some of China’s best snow conditions.
There are plenty of non-ski activities for guests to enjoy from fitness lessons to table soccer and traditional Chinese Mahjong. For those looking for a moment to unwind there’s an indoor jacuzzi and spa* offering a range of luxury treatments.
Kids can stretch their creative muscles with Kid’s Club available for children aged two through to 17 and offering art rooms, filmmaking, cinema and music academies. Club Med Beidahu is also home to the first PASSWORLD in Club Med China; a dedicated space for teens with innovative facilities including video games, cinema, video editing studio and a DJ mixer.
Exceptional snow conditions throughout the winter season and immersion into the local culture are set to attract Aussie travellers to Club Med Beidahu. Club Med’s premium all-inclusive holiday packages, which include accommodation, gourmet meals and snacks, premium open bar including cocktails and spirits, lift passes and lessons, will ensure every guest enjoys a hassle-free snow holiday. Bookings are now open for stays at Club Med Beidahu from November 2016.
Beidahu is the second Chinese Club Med ski Resort and the fifth Club Med Resort in China overall. It comes in the wake of the recent opening of Club Med Sanya in January 2016, and last year’s successful premium Sun Resort Dong’ao Island, in addition to Club Med’s two existing Chinese Resorts, Snow Resort Yabuli and Sun Resort Guilin
Prices start from AU$1,274 per adult and AU$764 per child in a Deluxe Room.**
**valid until 22 June 2016
For more information, visit www.clubmed.com.au or follow Club Med at:
Hormones are chemicals secreted by glands that relay signals from cell to cell, and they play a vital role in triggering how your body is feeling and functioning. Hormones affect different organs and are responsible for causing physical symptoms and altering your mood, metabolism, reproduction, energy levels and physical appearance. The human body consists of various types of hormones but for women the main sex hormones are oestrogen and progesterone.
Studies prove that women experience hormonal ups and downs at every age and stage of their lives. These fluctuations vary from pre-menstrual i.e. premenstrual syndrome (PMS), peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms. Although all females have the same hormones, the experiences when it comes to symptoms can vary from person to person.
According to Sheila Zhou, expert Scientist at USANA Health Sciences, leading producer of high quality supplements, “Hormones for women during their menstrual cycle can either be your best friend or your worst nightmare. Too little or too much can affect your skin tone and weight, or make you feel extremely irritable and tired.”
These experiences of hormonal fluctuations can be challenging to deal with. To avoid them, Ms. Zhou shares her expert recommendations for balancing your hormones naturally:
1. Have a nutrient rich diet
At any stage of your life eating well-balanced meals is important for good health. In order to achieve optimal nutrition, your diet needs to consist of a balance between clean proteins (beans, seeds, wild caught fish), healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado), antioxidant rich vegetables (broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes) and healing spices and herbs (cinnamon, turmeric).
Sometimes, despite having a rich nutritional diet, your body can feel far from optimum, and that is when the benefits of taking health supplements come in. Some natural botanic extracts such as soy isoflavones, black cohosh, dong quai, licorice and chasteberry help support women’s health during menopause, providing relief from a variety of menopausal symptoms, including hot flushes.
Soy isoflavones has also been shown to support bone health in menopausal women.
2. Avoid or limit the use of endocrine disrupting chemicals and opt to use natural skincare
Endocrine disrupting chemicals are unnatural chemicals found in man-made products, such as plastics, toxic household cleaning products and pesticides. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are extremely harmful to your body because they alter your balance of hormones, therefore triggering changes in the way it functions. Avoiding or limiting your use of household products with these chemicals will prevent these harmful toxins from entering your system.
Even though you don’t ‘consume’ these chemicals, endocrine disrupting chemicals can be absorbed through your skin, meaning you are exposed when any of these products come in contact with your body. By opting for preservative-free skincare and hair products such as USANA Sense range of products, you are eliminating the risk of disrupting the amount and type of hormones being produced.
As you age, many females tend to use more anti-aging beauty products to iron out all facial imperfections. The downside to using anti-aging cosmetics is that some beauty products contain harmful chemicals. Instead of going to the cosmetic aisle however, try taking grape seed extract supplement instead to achieve that healthy age-less glow. Proanthocyanidins in grape seed extract not only helps with improving skin-aging appearance but assists in overall cardiovascular health as well.
3. Get more sleep and interval exercise
Regulating a sleep cycle at 7-9 hours a day is essential for hormonal control, especially as cortisol (the stress hormone) is regulated at night. Cortisol helps your body respond to stress appropriately and prevents your body from getting sick. When your body is alert your cortisol levels increase. Sleep deprivation also increases the level of cortisol in your body and makes you more prone to developing diabetes or obesity.So getting adequate amounts of sleep prevents fluctuations in hormones and prevents your cortisol levels from increasing too drastically.
Getting more exercise is another significant way to balance our hormones naturally. Interval exercise releases hormones needed by the body, reduces stress levels, enhances immune system and regulates metabolic function.
To view the full range of USANA Health Sciences nutritional, weight management and personal care products visit www.usana.com.
Meal-kit delivery service Marley Spoon has launched Martha & Marley Spoon into the US market. Featuring Martha Stewart’s award winning recipes and smart cooking techniques. Delivered and designed with simple weeknight cooking in mind, Martha & Marley Spoon provides delicious recipes and pre-portioned seasonal ingredients that reflect Martha’s love for nutritious and creative home cooking.
“Our everyday lives demand better weeknight cooking solutions. Families are busier than ever, and it is incredibly important that everyone has the ability to cook wholesome dinners that can maximize quality time together every night of the week. Martha & Marley Spoon delivers the freshest pre-portioned ingredients from the best purveyors and producers, and excellent recipes with clear easy-to-follow instructions so your meals are delicious, nutritious, and a pleasure to prepare,” said Martha Stewart.
Marley Spoon CEO Fabian Siegel said, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Martha Stewart and her team. She is a tireless champion of home cooking and a trusted source of lifestyle advice. Martha knows what it takes to create a delicious meal, and we are ecstatic to bring her recipes, along with the quality ingredients needed to cook them, directly to customers’ homes at prices competitive with grocery stores. We can’t imagine a better way of cooking dinner.”
Yehuda Shmidman, CEO of Sequential Brands Group added, “This marks an exciting milestone for the Martha Stewart brand as we expand into one of the fastest growing food categories. At the same time, by activating Martha's archive of thousands of recipes, videos and trusted how-to content we believe we can quickly become a significant player in the meal-kit delivery industry. We see the launch of this pure-play e-commerce business as a new opportunity of growth for Sequential.”
The culinary team at Martha & Marley Spoon is headed by Culinary Director Jennifer Aaronson, former Food & Entertaining Editor for Martha Stewart Living. She brings a vast knowledge of the Martha brand and shares Martha’s passion for healthy and delicious home cooking.
Available for order at www.marleyspoon.com, the meal kits feature Martha Stewart recipes and fresh pre-portioned seasonal ingredients, so there’s never any food waste. Ingredients include meats from Pat LaFrieda, dairy from Vermont Creamery, sausages and cured meats from Brooklyn Cured, condiments from Sparrow Lane, and cheeses from Murray’s Cheese.
Recipes and delivery
Customers can choose what and when they want to cook, and for how many, from a changing weekly menu. Home cooks have the option to select a two-person box (ideal for two adults) or a family box (ideal for two adults and two children, with kid-friendly options) and can easily add additional meals.
Meals can be prepared and cooked in less than 40 minutes; they include smart cooking techniques and easy-to-follow recipes with visuals to guide home cooks through six simple steps.
With no commitment, free deliveries and affordable pricing, Martha & Marley Spoon is designed to be a flexible, time-saving addition to customers’ lives.
For more information about Martha & Marley Spoon, visit www.marleyspoon.com, or download the Marley Spoon app now available on iTunes.
Sydney’s only contemporary arts festival dedicated to children and families, Way Out West (WoW) Festival for Children, will return for its sixth year to Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre for four inspirational days of free creative sessions with Australia’s leading artists from 13 to 16 July 2016.
Curated for young minds aged zero to 12 years, the WoW Festival aims to creatively empower children and foster their imagination through workshops, hands on experiences and performances. This year’s theme, Are we there yet? Journeys to Discovery, will reflect on the feelings associated with life’s journeys and the memorable components of discovery.
In 2016, young audiences will have the opportunity to experience a plethora of activities, with 65 artists participating in the Festival, offering over 27 different sessions and workshops, across a huge four days of creativity, learning, fun and games.
WoW Festival curator, Jacqueline Hornjik said, “We are thrilled to present the program for WoW Festival in 2016. Last year the Festival attracted over 10,000 people, and we expect this year to be even bigger! The Festival continues to be wildly popular with young audiences, and we feel that this year’s themes of Journey and Discovery will really ring true for so many of our young people”.
Liverpool City Council Mayor, Ned Mannoun said “Once again, I am honoured to be celebrating the creativity and talent of young people with Way Out West Festival for Children. This year’s themes of Journey and Discovery are fitting topics for a city that has one of the highest intakes of refugee settlers in Australia. These migrants make so many positive contributions to the local community and this theme deserves to be celebrated”.
- Young audiences will have the opportunity to learn from their elders with Present to the Future - when children are invited to join with local seniors in story-telling sessions, where they will assist in creating giant flying kites, to be ceremoniously released on the final day of the Festival.
- WoW Festival attendees will also explore the culture and landscape of Indigenous Australia in the theatre performance, Saltbush, which tells the story of two friends from vastly different backgrounds as they cross Australia on foot.
- The infectious sounds and visual vibrancy of the Jamestown Collective will also be on offer with explosive performances combining percussion, acrobatics and dance. The group will also offer a hands-on Junk Percussion workshop, where children can create their own instruments.
- Raising the Casula Powerhouse roof with pumping poetry, rhythm and rhyme will be the Kids Slamorama with 2014 Australian Poetry Slam Champion Zohab Khan, offering participants the chance to hone their spoken word and poetry skills, and ultimately perform their own poem, rap, story or monologue on stage.
- Adding a technological element to the WoW Festival will be Virtual Dreaming, a guided virtual reality tour with the Darug tribe through the Western Sydney region prior to white settlement.
TIME: 9:30am to 3:30pm daily
VENUE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula
TICKETS: Free, however pre-registration is required for selected sessions via www.wayoutwestfestival.com.au or call 02 9824 1121
If you are not successful in securing a ticket you will still be able to attend a large number of unticketed events.
NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons recently announced the launch of a new handy online tool for residents of NSW to help assess their bush fire risk.
“NSW has more than 1.3 million properties situated on bush fire prone land, and we want to make it as easy as possible for the people living in these areas to prepare for bush fire,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
“Previously, people living in bush fire prone areas would have to source maps from their local council, to determine their risk.
“For the first time this new tool places the information from every local government area at your fingertips, making it easier and faster to find out if your home is at risk.
“By simply entering your address, the website will tell you if your home is on bush fire prone land.”
Emergency Services Minister the Hon David Elliot said that the NSW RFS has a number of valuable tools available to help people plan and prepare for bush fires.
“One of the best assets during a bush fire is a well prepared community. If you live in a bush fire prone area, it is your responsibility to make a plan, and get ready. Familiarise yourself with the advice and information available and ensure you are prepared.
“The NSW RFS recently introduced a new guide to making your bush fire survival plan, including easy checklists to make sure you’re ready. There really is no excuse for complacency.
“We may be heading into the cooler months, but now is the perfect time to sit down and discuss with your family what you will do in the event of a fire – well before we see the return of bush fire conditions,” Mr Elliot said.
The new tool is available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
1. Australia's most advanced family entertainment areas was recently unveiled at Eastland in Ringwood, Melbourne. The new entertainment features designed by Innovative Retail include PLAYTIME SoftPlay systems, a two-storey climbing net, an Australian first interactive digital water curtain and a soon to be installed slide from the car park to the central hub.
“With the current evolution of Eastland we are building engaging experiences for a vibrant and evolving urban community,” said Steve Edgerton, General Manager of the new Eastland.
“These dynamic play installations are part of Eastland’s commitment to providing welcoming areas for the community to dwell, and is complemented by our dedication to public space with the Town Square and the new innovation centre and library, Realm.
“We hope these elements will provide Melbourne families with safe, secure and enjoyable places for children to engage,” added Mr Edgerton.
Eastland commissioned Innovative Retail to develop creative installations that invoked a sense of play and discovery through the retail destination, while meeting the key architectural elements of the centre. We spoke with Dale Smorgon, CEO of Innovative Retail.
What are Innovative Retails key philosophy's when designing play equipment and spaces for children?
When designing family entertainment areas Innovative Retail ensures that the solution is suitable for children of all ages and abilities. We create bespoke, non-prescriptive play offerings that encourage creative thinking and interaction while incorporating all major activities of jumping, running, climbing and sliding. Delivering bespoke customised solutions that suit the retail environment’s needs is also crucial while ensuring it’s a fun and educational place for kids and families.
Health and safety is also a number one priority for Innovative Retail as all rides and play areas are manufactured and maintained to the highest standards. All coatings on play installations have been tested to kill bacteria and reduce fungi that come into contact with them, creating a hygienic play environment.
Can you tell us more about the digital water curtain at Eastland and what it does?
The digital water curtain is an Australian first in a retail environment. It’s located inside the Eastland Shopping Centre and is nearly three meters high by two meters wide. Shapes, words and patterns can be displayed in the flowing water by opening and closing valves to create a void in the flow. Eastland can change the shape or message on a regular basis to communicate to shoppers and provide an interactive experience. Families and shoppers alike can enjoy the sensory experience and be mesmerized by the dancing patterns in the water.
Has working within a family business, translated into a family focus in Innovative Retail’s products and services?
Having a family of my own has helped me to really understand what children and families want when it comes to interactive play solutions. I often ask my children and nieces and nephews to test out some of the new play areas to get real time feedback. Our company passion lies in understanding what makes children happy, which is why we are constantly innovating to produce play solutions that engage children’s imagination and help them grow and learn.
With obesity rates on the rise, more expectant mothers and their babies are at risk of long-term healthy issues according to data from Medibank. The data reveals that an astonishing 59.6% of expecting mums are overweight or obese which is a rise of 10% on 2008 levels.
“We are seeing rising levels of obesity at a national level, and it’s even more alarming that this trend is consistent among expectant mothers,” Medibank Medical Director, Dr Kevin Cheng said.
“Obesity can cause complications for both mother and infant during pregnancy, labour and after the birth, and can put both mother and child at higher risk of developing health issues such as type 2 diabetes later in life.”
Medibank's data also shows that the number of births where gestational diabetes was a factor during pregnancy has doubled between 2008 and 2015.
“While this data could be influenced by changes in reporting patterns, increasing maternal age and obesity trends over time are certainly important contributing factors,” he added.
The Medibank Better Health Index, a weekly health survey of approximately 1,000 Australians, also reveals a marked increase in the percentage of mothers suffering from antenatal anxiety and depression.
In 2015, 23.9 per cent of expectant mothers suffered from anxiety, compared to only 8.1 per cent in 2010. In the same period, the rate of depression among expecting mothers increased by almost five per cent (4.2 per cent).
Dr Cheng says there needs to be more support available to women in the lead up to and during their pregnancy.
“While there are numerous factors that contribute to mental health issues among expectant mothers, obesity has been identified as a complicating co-morbidity to the increased incidence of anxiety and depression.”
“It’s essential that friends and family members look out for symptoms of mental health issues during a woman’s pregnancy, and seek the support of qualified medical professionals if the mother appears to be struggling,” Dr Cheng said.
Health tips for expectant mothers and those looking to start a family
If you’re planning to get pregnant:
- If you’ve been thinking about losing weight, now is the time. Women who are sitting at a healthy weight increase their chances of falling pregnant, and are more likely to have a healthy pregnancy and birth.
- Take a look at the Government’s guidelines for recommended weight gain during pregnancy. For example, for women who fall into the ‘obese’ BMI category, it is recommended they only gain five to nine kilograms.
- If you suffer from a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or depression, check with your doctor to ensure it can be managed effectively during your pregnancy.
- If you’d like to make use of private health insurance benefits during your pregnancy, remember that most health funds have a 12-month waiting period on obstetrics.
If you’re pregnant:
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid foods like processed or raw meat, certain seafood, unpasteurised milk, and soft cheeses.
- Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy. Great exercises for expectant mothers include walking, swimming, yoga, and aquanatal classes.
- Up your folic acid, calcium and iron in take which can help reduce the risk of your baby suffering from issues with its spine and nervous system. Folic acid can be taken as a supplement, but is also found in foods such as leafy green vegetables, fruit, dried beans and peas.
- Depression can be hard to identify when you’re pregnant, or have a baby, given it’s a time of major change and adjustment. Learn how to read the signs, for example, if you’ve felt low in mood, alone, experienced a loss of interest in things you would normally enjoy, as well as decreased energy for prolonged periods, it’s time to get help.
If you’re looking to start a family, remember that with private health insurance, you can choose your obstetrician, your private hospital, or both.
Medibank also offers a Private Hospital Accident and Emergency benefit on all Families package products. This means that a child or student dependent member on New Families Comprehensive, New Families Essentials, Settled Families Comprehensive and Settled Families Essentials who attends a private hospital Accident and Emergency Department will have access to a benefit of $250 per annum payable for the facility fee.
For further information go to: https://www.medibank.com.
Dancing under the stars, fine dining and didgeridoo: guests to Dinner in the Secret Garden will be treated to an extravagant dinner experience with a rare taste of Indigenous culture on Saturday, 21 May 2016 at the Australian Botanic Garden.
Kim Ellis, Executive Director, Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands today announced bookings were now being taken for this special event.
“This will not just be a night of good food and great sights, but also a night to experience the Indigenous stories and histories of the area through story-telling and dance.”“The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is already a popular western Sydney destination by day, but now you can take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to see the Garden after dark with a stunning culinary experience,” said Kim Ellis.
“It is special enough to see the Garden at night, but this new Garden Dinner Trail lets us unlock the door to the traditions of our past.”
Jody Orcher, Education Co-ordinator, Aboriginal Programs at the Garden said: “In our culture, dance and music are important to ceremonies, they are a way to tell the stories of our history. And to share history is important to help people better understand the first Australians, our way of life and our beliefs. We just can’t wait to share our stories with guests on the night.”
The evening will unfold with sunset drinks and canapés, followed by a torch lit stroll through some of the loveliest parts of the Garden where those with a keen eye can spot resident wallabies. Diners will then be treated to a bush-themed dinner and dessert in another beautiful location within the Garden.
Chef Adam Williams and his talented team at Melaleuca House look forward to partaking in the event again this season, along with the challenge of developing a bush inspired menu.
Drinks are included in the ticket price which is $120 per person. For more information on the event or to book tickets go to www.australianbotanicgarden.
A tele-monitoring eHealth platform won the recent CeBIT Australia Pitchfest. Competing with 8 other start-ups, NetHealth was the eventual winner after participating in a competitive series of pitches to judges Steve Baxter, from River City Labs & Shark Tank Australia, Brad Rosser from TiE Board and Charter Member of the BSF Group and Dennis Silvers, Director of TiE Sydney.
NetHealth will allow users to take control of their health by using data to manage chronic conditions. It will send information that is clinically important to their doctor in real time including blood pressure, blood glucose, weight, heart rate and pulse.
CEO and Founder of NetHealth, Vidya Nallamad has over 10 years experience in the medical software industry having worked for GE Medical Systems and Philips Medical Systems.
Video said “I am absolutely thrilled to have been crowned the winner of CeBIT PitchFest 2016; it is a privilege to go up against innovations that are set to make positive impacts on the healthcare industry.
“PitchFest presented a great opportunity for us to share our vision and our innovative solution that will transform how chronic medical conditions are managed, to a range of investors, corporations, potential users and government agencies. It was a very competitive process and one we feel unearthed a range of fantastic opportunities, we cannot wait to share our product with the CeBIT community as it continues to grow.
“We presented the judges a detailed analysis of our start-up including an outline of our product team and previous successes. I believe our win was due to clearly articulating what our product was and the market that we were targeting along with a clear business model.
“We provide technology that can enable people with chronic conditions, especially diabetes and hypertension to manage their health and enable their well-being. These chronic conditions are Australia’s greatest health challenge and we are here to help people manage these conditions and provide them with better patient care. This is Net-HealthData’s key point of difference that it offers benefits to both doctors and users.”
CeBIT PitchFest is a fast paced interactive competition that saw Blrt come in second place - an app that enables users to talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites on any device, enabling faster communication and collaboration. Shippit came in third place, a service simplifying shipping using multiple carriers, enabling easier bookings and providing tracking services for companies of all shapes and sizes.
As the winner NetHealth won a package valued at over $20,000 including an exhibition stand at CeBIT 2017, $1,000 per month hosted Cloud Services from OrionVM for 1 year and a fully sponsored scholarship to the Capital Pitch x Investor Ready course for start-ups valued at $1,000.
Winners of CeBIT PitchFest have gone onto become multi-million dollar, multi-national companies. Previous winners include Ingogo, now installed in thousands of taxis across Australia and Mathspace which has grown phenomenally in just a few short years to be available in over 20 countries.