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The humble Kiwi Fruit is often overlooked when picking up fruit and veg. It is often associated with pavlova as a topping, but here are 4 reasons you should be including this superfood in your weekly diet.
- They help achieve healthy skin. A single kiwifruit contains a range of antioxidants that help improve the health and vitality of your skin. As well as protecting skin from degeneration, the antioxidants also assist to repair any damage that has already occurred.
- They assist with muscle repair. Exercise causes micro-tears in muscle tissues, and the speed in which they are repaired determines whether or not an injury occurs. Zespri SunGold Kiwifruits are a source of potassium, and combined with the high Vitamin C levels, enables your body to digest and absorb the proteins needed to improve the recovery process after exercise, meaning you’re back on your feet quicker!
- They help prevent sickness. Wondering why you’re always getting sick, or why it takes you so long to recover? Often your poor performing immune system is to blame. Vitamin C has been proven to boost the function of the immune system, meaning your body is better equipped to protect itself from illness.
- They relieve bloating. Being a source of fibre and the unique digestive enzyme actinidin, kiwifruits are scientifically proven to be effective when it comes to achieving good digestive health. Just two Zespri SunGold Kiwifruits can relieve bloating, keep your bowel movements regular, and aid the natural digestion process.
This glimpse of the future was crafted by: Gavin Cotterill
It’s a fact – jobs as we know them are changing and many ‘tried and true’ career paths will cease to exist as we enter the digital age. How do we prepare our children for jobs that don’t yet exist; using technology that hasn’t yet been invented; for problems that don’t exist yet?
The digital age is reshaping industries across the globe. How can we plan a future workforce when we don’t yet know what jobs they’ll perform? How can we develop talent when we don’t know what our businesses will need in a few months from now; not to mention years?
While many parents have traditionally urged their children to pursue the ‘safety’ of career paths such as ‘accountant’, ‘secretary’ and ‘teacher’, a clear move away from a number of traditional skills and trades will be needed as the Fourth Industrial Revolution demands new roles, new skills and will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another.
In tomorrow’s economy, your job title won’t be enough to keep you employed. The (successful) children of tomorrow won’t be those who can recite the periodic table, but rather the problem-solvers; those with the ability to offer an alternative viewpoint to the ‘logical’ solution, and those who are curious enough to challenge yesterday’s solutions. Tomorrow’s success will belong to the innovators.
Is Elon Musk an anomaly, or is it possible to instil in today’s generation the ingredients of success for a future that is as yet unwritten? The next Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are in primary school right now, they just don’t know what their empires will be. If today’s generation are to be among the winners in the race for success, they (and their parents) will need to heed some key, counter-intuitive principles:
Being clever simply won’t be good enough
Today’s generation of digital natives won’t only be required to understand data and technology; they’ll be required to collaborate and apply it in new and exciting ways. Understanding data and technological principles is one thing; designing machines that can self-learn and robots is quite another.
The employees of tomorrow won’t perform the same job over and over again; they’ll be expected to think and apply their knowledge. They will need to be taught how to be the interpreters and the translators between the digital world and the real world. Parents and teachers alike would do well to ensure today’s children aren’t only taught the theory behind how things work, but given the mandate to utilise this theory to evolve and test their own assumptions.
You won’t ever ‘reach your peak’
Success tomorrow will depend on an insatiable desire to learn about new technologies and to apply them. The children who understand this will go on to be the early adopters of technology, and will push the boundaries of applying it to their advantage. In tomorrow’s economy, there won’t be room for those who think ‘they’ve arrived’ and stalwarts will become ‘stale warts’ if they don’t push themselves and their skills to evolve.
The ‘good guys’ will always win
In the past, climbing the corporate ladder didn’t necessarily take character; and quite often involved a degree of ruthless drive. But the truth is, we’re entering a future that will require collaborative behaviours to work in a data-driven world. Social networks have demonstrated the power of connecting people with open and free forms of communication. The online world and social media means reputations can be built (or destroyed) in seconds. Coupled to this, our concept of community has evolved to include online relationships that allow us to collaborate and share across physical and geographical boundaries. Tomorrow’s leaders will understand the power of good relationships, online and otherwise, as well as the power of leveraging these connections.
Preparing our children for jobs that don’t yet exist; using technology that hasn’t yet been invented isn’t as impossible as it sounds. What we must ensure is that we continue to update the principles we teach and embrace the attitudinal requirements of these new roles. This ‘toolkit’ will stand them in good stead to stand on the shoulders of the Elon Musk’s of old.
(Aurecon has launched a new futuristic blog! Called Just Imagine, it provides a glimpse into the future for curious readers, exploring ideas that are probable, possible and for the imagination. This post originally appeared on Aurecon’s Just Imagine blog. Get access to the latest blog posts as soon as they are published by subscribing to the blog.)
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah has lots to offer visitors in the cooler winter months.This year there are talks, the Daffodil Festival, Workshops and guided walks.
- Where Sky Meets Earth by Dr Shane Smithers (Sat 4 June – Sun 28 August) ‘Where Sky Meets Earth’ is Aboriginal culture’s description for the place in which we live. Smithers’ contemporary Aboriginal art exhibition gives rise to a vibrant version of this story, using the local style of the NSW Darug people.
- Daffodil Festival (Sat 20 – Sun 28 August) See the Garden transformed into a sea of gold as plantings of daffodils erupt in bloom. Enjoy a picnic, take some photos, or simply enjoy the mass plantings.
- Growing Friends’ Nursery (Daily) Choose from a variety of plant species, lovingly propagated from the living collections of the Garden.
- Winter Bird Walk with Carol Probets (Sat 25 June) Join local birding guide, Carol Probets, on a morning walk to see some of the Garden’s most remarkable and unique birds.
- Weaving Workshop with Lanny MacKenzie, Stages 1 & 2 (Sat 2 July, Sat 30 July) Meet acclaimed weaver Lanny Mackenzie for a comprehensive weaving workshop that incorporates the collection of natural grasses, drying techniques, free-form random weaving and experimentation with sculptural shapes and embellishments.
- Daffodil Discovery Walk (Tue 23 August) Be led by one of our horticulturalists on a guided tour and delight in the winter bulbs on display.
- Growing Bulbs Workshop (Thurs 25 August) Learn the secrets to bulb-growing success! Join one of our horticulturalists for a hands-on workshop that will arm you with cultivation and care tips for growing both spring and summer flowering bulbs.
To find out more about what's on at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah visit bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au
The Art Gallery of NSW is currently displaying treasures of gold, silver, glass, ceramics and sculptural pieces from the Tang Empire. The Tang Empire 618-907 was the most powerful region in the world while Europe was still in the Dark Ages. The Galleries Tang: treasures from the Silk Road capital explores what life was like in Chang'an the ancient capital which was at the entrance to the Silk Road trade route.
The exhibition also features Pure Land: inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang, an augmented-reality installation that transports you to an ancient Buddhist grotto within the UNESCO World Heritage listed ‘Caves of the Thousand Buddhas’– one of the world’s most remarkable, and now inaccessible, heritage sites along the Silk Road.
Kids, grab your boarding pass at the exhibition entrance to start your Silk Road journey. Stop at the activity area to make and play with your own shadow puppets
The exhibition runs 9th April - 10th July
Head to the Art Gallery NSW website for more details.
Three teams of scientists recently completed a 100 kilometre walk across NSW national parks to raise funds for threatened plant species. The teams covered dense bush, and steep cliffs in order to raise money and awareness of 11 species that are at risk, including the Dorrigo Warratah and the interestingly named Suggan Buggan Mallee, a species of Eucalyptus.
John Siemon, a trekking team leader who is from the Botanical Garden and Mount Annan said
"Blisters, grazed knees and mozzies were some of the challenges we overcame, but bandages and weary legs weren’t going to stop us. The end goal was simple – complete the walk, save the plants”.
“Almost 50% of the world’s plant species face extinction and at the Australian PlantBank we have an extensive seed collection program underway to save threatened species. The Seed Vault at Australian PlantBank is like the Noah’s Ark of the plant seed world. We’re collecting, analysing and storing these seeds for future generations.”
Funds raised by the Save a Species initiative go directly towards collecting and seed-banking 11 carefully selected vulnerable species at the Australian PlantBank, Mount Annan. An impressive $25,000 has been raised so far, heading towards the target of $44,000. It is estimated that the cost of sourcing, collecting and storing a particular plants seed is around $4,000 per plant.
“It’s not too late to donate,” said John. “A fundraising page has been established to support the initiative and you can contribute right now and help us create an insurance policy that future generations will benefit from.”
These and other threatened plant species are also part of the NSW Government’s flagship Saving our Species program. This new conservation program aims to maximise the number of threatened species that can be secured in the wild in NSW for 100 years. To find out more about how the NSW Government and the community are working together visit environment.nsw.gov.au/savingourspecies
We recently spoke with Nutritionist Susan Kevork about the modern phenomen of children being less active, and some steps parents can take towards healthier lifestyles for kids .
Are children as active as they should be?
Children between 5 and 12 years should aim to be physically active for at least 60 minutes ¹ every day but new research found that the majority of Australian children (78%) are getting less than that, with one in four (28%) getting less than 30 minutes². Many parents feared that their children’s lack of activity may lead to health problems later in life. It’s important for children’s growing bodies and bones, in addition to healthy eating habits, to be physically active every day.
Why aren't children getting out and playing the way we used to?
There are many factors that impact the amount of physical activity children get .For most kids these days biggest barrier to getting out and moving is the amount of sitting down screen time, whether it’s a computer, tablet or TV screen it’s tends to be very sedentary.
What can parents do to get kids active?
First of all it’s important for parents to be role models by getting out and being active themselves. Parents are super busy these days and perhaps they also are exercising less.
Involving the whole family in fun and active leisure time has health benefits for everyone! Try to think of activities that everyone enjoys and make a family date for those fun activities.
Parents can also encourage kids to get more active with fun technology such as tracker bands. It can be quite motivating to compete against yesterday’s score! Children can use the band to track their own activity, set daily goals and learn new skills. Parents can get involved too by using the associated app to track the balance of their child’s activity and nutrition .It’s a fun way for the whole family to get fit and stay active together.
How can the Milo Champion band help parents encourage a healthier lifestyle?
The Milo Champions band is a fun way to get kids off the couch! The App, which is designed for parents, helps them to encourage their kids to learn more about balancing exercise and their daily energy and nutrition needs. Instilling healthy eating and exercise habits from a young age makes it a lot easier for them to maintain as adults.
The Milo Champion Band costs #39.99 and is available at Woolworth's or you can buy it online here.
¹Australia’s Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children, Department of Health.
² Galaxy research commissioned by MILO, conducted online during February and March 2016 using a sample of 1,001 parents of children aged between 6-12 years across Australia.
The McGrath Foundation has Australian sporting codes showing their support by pulling on their socks & adding a dash of pink to their games this winter.
The Pull On Your Socks initiative encourages all types of sporting clubs to turn a game day pink during the season and wear the McGrath Foundation’s Pink Socks as well as hosting a fundraising event. With a different, limited edition collectable sock each year, every dollar raised will help the McGrath Foundation fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities’ right across Australia and increase breast awareness in young people.
“Whether you’re into athletics, tennis, netball, hockey, basketball, football, AFL, union or league; don our McGrath Foundation Pink Socks and host a fundraising event to become part of one giant team having fun while helping ensure more families can access our amazing McGrath Breast Care Nurses,” said McGrath Foundation Ambassador & Director, Tracy Bevan.
Australian sporting heros including Lleyton Hewitt, Ellyse Perry, Wendell Sailor, Billy Slater and Jamie Dwyer, to name a few, have come together from all codes and are asking clubs and teams across Australia to #pullonyoursocks and show their support for the McGrath Foundation.
With 43 people diagnosed with breast cancer each day, the McGrath Foundation is encouraging communities across the country to follow the lead of these famous sports stars by purchasing their team socks as well as hosting a fundraising event to help support families experiencing breast cancer.
"Last year we had over 200 Pull On Your Socks events across Australia and this year we anticipate even more codes stepping up and getting their clubs involved within local communities,” said Tracy.
So, put your best foot forward this winter and purchase your collectable pair of McGrath Foundation pink socks. To find out how you can get involved and make a difference, please visit www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au.
Socks are available from www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/shoppink at $15 per pair or $12 per pair + postage for orders over 20 pairs. So remember to wear and share on social media using the #PullOnYourSocks.
Since 2005 the McGrath Foundation has placed 110 McGrath Breast Care Nurses across Australia who have supported over 44,000 families. This vital service is provided free of charge and available through self-referral.
About the McGrath Foundation
Jane McGrath’s personal experience has seen a team of passionate and dedicated people come together and step up to the challenge of making life for families experiencing breast cancer just that little bit easier.
The McGrath Foundation raises money to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia, no matter where they live or their financial situation. In addition, the McGrath Foundation is committed to increasing breast awareness in Australians, particularly young women.
To find out more about the McGrath Foundation and how you can help make a difference, please visit our website www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au or join us on Facebook (mcgrathfoundation), Twitter (mcgrathfdn) or Instagram (mcgrathfoundation) and encourage your friends to do the same.
The rise of diabetes is the chosen theme for the World Health Organisation’s World Health Day on April 7, an annual event since 1950, which falls on the organisation’s birthday. Each year the organisation chooses an area that is a global concern to raise awareness.
In Australia, there are currently over 1.7 million people living with diabetes and for every four people diagnosed another doesn’t even know they have it. Diabetes is a growing epidemic in Australia and worldwide and is increasing at a faster rate than any other chronic disease. There is an extensive amount of misinformation around diabetes management and prevention, which leaves people feeling confused and frustrated about what they should be doing. Here, Anna Debenham, the leading dietitian at Hit 100 a home-delivered food solution for people living with diabetes, reveals 10 ways to help you prevent and/or manage diabetes.
- Forget dieting – eat for life. Adopt a way of eating that allows you to enjoy food, whilst still adequately nourishing your body with real, whole foods. Fad diets, as their name implies, are short-term fixes that set many of us up for failure and disappointment. The key is to develop life long healthy eating habits that bring joy and happiness to your life.
- Enjoy a variety of foods. Each food group contains it’s own unique array of vitamins and minerals that contribute to your overall health and wellbeing. In order for your body to receive all the nutrients it needs to live a long and healthy life, it’s important to eat a variety of different foods from all five-food groups (grains and cereals, fruits, vegetables, dairy, lean meats and alternatives) each day.
- Eat regular meals and snacks. Eating regularly throughout the day helps ensure your body has a sustained supply of energy and assists in keeping your blood sugar levels within an optimal range. Eating smaller, more regular meals also helps to control your appetite, meaning you are less likely to feel ravenous and overeat at other meal times.
- Choose low GI foods. The glycemic index (GI) looks at how foods containing carbohydrates affect our blood sugar levels. Foods with a high GI (e.g. white bread, soft drinks, cakes, biscuits) are quickly broken down and absorbed by the body, causing a rapid spike in our blood sugar levels, leaving us feeling hungry and unsatisfied. Foods with a low GI (e.g. fruit, milk, grainy bread, porridge and lentils) are broken down and absorbed more slowly, causing a steady rise in blood sugar and insulin levels over time, and leaving us feeling fuller for longer.
- Choose heart healthy foods. Diabetes can increase our risk of developing heart complications later in life, which is why it’s important to maintain optimal cholesterol levels and blood pressure to avoid these. Remember to include a small amount of healthy unsaturated fats (e.g. nuts, avocado, oily fish, olive oil) and limit foods high in saturated fats, trans fats and salt (e.g. processed foods, deep-fried foods, bakery goods, fatty cuts of meat).
- Watch the sugar. Whilst sugar can form part of a healthy, balanced diet – the key is to focus on where your sugar is coming from and how much you consume. ’Natural’ sugars are found naturally in foods such as fruits, vegetables and dairy products. These sugars come with a range of beneficial nutrients like fibre, vitamins and minerals, which are good for our health. ’Added’ sugars are those added to foods and beverages by food companies (e.g. soft drinks, lollies, chocolates) or by us (e.g. honey, table sugar). High intakes of added sugars may lead to weight gain, tooth decay and increased blood sugar levels, which is why it’s best to limit intake of these sugars.
- Stay hydrated. Adequate hydration is crucial to allow our body’s to function at their best. On average, we require approximately 2L (8 glasses) of water each day (depending on age, gender and activity level). Choose plain water most of the time, you can add fruit pieces for flavour if desired.
- Reduce alcohol. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit your intake. Current guidelines recommend no more than two standard drinks a day, with at least two alcohol free days per week.
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy weight is a proven way to reduce the risk of developing Type II diabetes and also to reduce the risk of developing complications associated with diabetes. Loosing just 10% of body weight if you are overweight is enough to make significant improvements to your blood sugar control and overall health.
- Stay active. Enjoying regular physical activity should be part of your diabetes management or prevention plan, as exercise helps to keep your body fit and healthy. Try going for walk with a friend, walking your dog, or swimming.
About Hit 100:
Hit 100, Australia’s only meal delivery service catering specifically for the increasing number of people living with diabetes (Type 2, Type 1 and Gestational) and pre-diabetes, was founded by a team of passionate diabetes experts wanting to improve the health of our nation.
Offering a ‘doctor meets chef’ approach to health and meal management, this first-of-its-kind service offers delicious, diabetes-friendly meals delivered directly to customers’ doorsteps. This is accompanied by a simple, easy-to-use 100 point food tracking system and online app designed to help people record what they eat. Customers receive meal plans, developed by Hit 100’s team of Accredited Practising Dietitians, which are tailored to their energy requirements, ensuring nutritional balance and variety over the course of a week.
The Glycemic Index Foundation, experts in carbohydrate in diet, has independently reviewed the points system and endorsed several of Hit 100’s Low GI recipes. The meal program starts from only $27 per day ($6.75 per serving) with Hit 100 providing breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks delivered free and direct to doorsteps each week.
For more information go to www.hit100.com.au
About the author:
Anna Debenham is one of the leading dietitians at Hit 100, Australia’s only meal delivery service catering specifically for people living with diabetes (Type 2, Type 1 and Gestational) and pre-diabetes and she is also the co-founder of The Biting Truth. Anna is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia and has completed a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sydney.
- Diabetes Australia, (2015). Diabetes in Australia. Available at: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/diabetes-in-australia
- Diabetes Australia, (2015). Diabetes Globally. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/diabetes-globally
A passionate group of scientists, horticulturists and volunteers will undertake a three grueling days walk with the goal of saving 11 Australian endangered plant species from extinction.
“The urgent need is clear, with more than half of Australian native plants facing extinction - 611 native species listed as ‘threatened’ in NSW alone,” said Dr Brett Summerell, Director Science and Conservation, Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands.
“It is unfortunate that we humans don’t seem to have the same natural affinity with plants as we do with animals at risk. While plants may not seem as cute and cuddly as a hairy-nosed wombat, they are exquisite and striking and just as important to the future of our ecosystems,” he said.
“We have a year round program of scientists heading out into the field to search for threatened plant specimens - some of which exist in very remote locations. When located, the seeds are collected, sorted and dried, before being stored in the Australian PlantBank at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.”
“We currently have half of the threatened species in NSW stored at PlantBank – but as they say, that’s the easy half. Finding endangered species becomes more difficult over time as the more threatened the species, the less of them there are to find.”
This is why maintaining funding for seed collection is so crucial. To help support the cause, three teams consisting of staff from the three Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands will each trek 100 kilometre to raise $44,000. The money will directly fund the seed collection and storage of these 11 native species at the Australian PlantBank, Mount Annan.
Save a Species Walk
On Friday 15 April 2016, the teams will set off on three different journeys across NSW, finishing three days later at the 200 Birthday Living Sculpture on Sunday 17 April at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. This mammoth undertaking is all to raise awareness and funds for 11 threatened Australian plant species. A fundraising website has been established to sponsor the teams: https://www.everydayhero.com.
11 threatened species identified this year as at risk, and funds raised will go towards the conservation of:
BACKGROUND ON THE TEAMS
A minimum fundraising goal of $44,000 is essential to cover the cost of important collecting work which would see seeds from the 11 species including the striking four-tailed Grevillea, collected and stored at the Australian PlantBank, Mount Annan.
Teams will depart from the following locations:
Previous funds raised by the initiative:
The teams will arrive together at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s QEII gates at 2.00pm on Sunday 17 April 2016 to finish at the 200 Birthday Living Sculpture.
If you plan on getting a discounted family show link ticket you better hurry as the offer is ending soon!
You have until midnight 16th March 2016 to purchase your family show link ticket at the price of $99.50.*
Aussie Mum Network also have 6 x double passes up for grabs so for your chance to win one visit the competition page below.
To buy your tickets, visit the Sydney Royal Easter Show website here.
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