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'It was far less evil': is the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet just another diet?

'It was far less evil': is the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet just another diet?

Dramatic before and after pictures, promises to “lose 3x more weight” and motivational quizzes are fairly common sights around this time of year. But seeing them from a government-funded scientific research agency is a little more unusual.From the outside, the CSIRO’s Total Wellbeing Diet website looks like many other weight loss programs. That, according to the program’s research scientist, Dr Gilly Hendrie, is by design.“It’s a competitive market,” Hendrie says of the diet industry. But it is a competition the CSIRO is a serious contender in. Fifteen years ago, the CSIRO published its...

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Jan 12
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Cardio is the worst. I hated every second of Zumba, HIIT and Spin | Prove me wrong

Cardio is the worst. I hated every second of Zumba, HIIT and Spin | Prove me wrong

Endorphin rush? All I get is sweaty and flushed. Cardio is for sickeningly fit people, argues Alyx Gorman. But Ellen Leabeater tries to prove her wrong and Sun 20 Dec 2020 11.30 ESTLast modified on Mon 21 Dec 2020 21.24 ESTProve Me Wrong is a new summer series in which Guardian Australia colleagues argue over whose tastes on popular culture, food and leisure activities are right … and whose are wrong.Alyx Gorman: Ellen, you sickeningly fit person, you probably get an “endorphin rush” when you work out. The only rush I experience doing cardio is a rush of childhood trauma, of asthma attacks...

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Dec 20
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'They're proxy vessels for love': Clare Bowditch on her three most useful objects

'They're proxy vessels for love': Clare Bowditch on her three most useful objects

Clare Bowditch has an alarming number of arrows in her quiver. She’s an award-winning musician, an actor, a memoirist, radio host and, perhaps most surprisingly, an accredited life coach.Those skills have coalesced in her latest project, an upbeat but frequently deeply personal podcast – made for Audible Originals – called .This year, spent working on projects to make everyone else feel better, has been particularly difficult for Bowditch. Even by 2020 standards.Over the phone from her home in Melbourne, the accomplished slashy and naysay-banisher told us about three items that have been...

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Oct 6
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Groceries, telehealth and pharmaceuticals: how older Australians can get help at home

Groceries, telehealth and pharmaceuticals: how older Australians can get help at home

On Sunday the federal government strongly recommended that people over 70 – meaning they should avoid contact with anyone outside their home, and should leave the home only if absolutely necessary.For older Australians, many of whom are not used to ordering groceries or pharmaceuticals online, this presents logistical challenges.Additional funding for My Aged Care and telehealth, a partnership with Australia Post for pharmaceutical delivery services, and private enterprise services such as Woolworths and Coles’ priority delivery for seniors are rapidly mobilising to help, as are charitable...

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Apr 1
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