Stress and the heart

April 1, 2015 6:50 pm Does stress affect your heart It is often assumed that stress affects the heart and other arteries. Recent studies add further credence to this. Fortunately there are things you can do to prevent stress from affecting your arteries. I’ve shared what I do – but I am aware that what works for each of us… View Article

How much exercise is too much?

February 25, 2015 7:06 pm   Many of you exercise a lot – and we have always encouraged a decent volume of exercise. If you are physically active then you have a 30% lower risk of death in virtually all studies.   And, you are more likely to have a higher quality of life with: *  less susceptibility to stress… View Article

Myths About Food

February 18, 2015 2:32 pm by Dr John Cummins First published in the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Magazine There are some myths about food and meal habits that need busting. I encourage you to read Myths About Food. If you are short of time you’ll find some highlights below. While children definitely need breakfast to boost their concentration, there… View Article

Keep your marbles & reduce your dementia risk

November 26, 2014 7:38 am Some of you have been asking me about dementia so I have invited Nicola Gates, an expert in dementia prevention, to write an article about reducing the risk of dementia. If you wish to explore interventions for yourself, or more likely your older family members, you will find her contact details below. Keep your marbles… View Article

Cancer survival rates are improving

October 6, 2014 4:30 pm Overall, cancer survival rates are increasing. A report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that the cancers with the largest survival gains during the last 30 years are: Prostate cancer – which can be found by blood test and examination Kidney cancer – which can be found by imaging such as the… View Article

Improving health in the workplace

September 11, 2014 3:47 pm Improving health at work can improve your bottom line Dr John Cummins discusses what can be done in the work environment to facilitate health behaviour changes and improve health. Move the printer as far away from the desks as possible to the back of the office so you have to walk Make healthy food choices… View Article

Melanoma and your health

September 2, 2014 12:46 pm What should you know about Melanomas? Prognosis is all about depth – the “thicker” in the skin the Melanoma is, the more chance it has spread. Flat superficial Melanomas (< 1 mm thick on biopsy) have virtually a 100% cure rate and represent about 3 in 4 Melanomas Nodular Melanoma – are aggressive tumours that… View Article

Will you have exceptional health in your 80’s?

August 10, 2014 8:28 pm Health Check Quiz Take the 2-minute quiz below and see how your health balance sheet is looking at the financial year end. * BMI: is your weight in kgs divided by your height in metres2 ** Grip Strength: While we do measure this on our clients, we don’t do this universally. If you can’t recall… View Article

Bad Food Habits Impact Productivity

August 8, 2014 3:39 pm In his recent article, Food for Thought, Dr John Cummins discusses how bad food habits can impact negatively on productivity in the workplace. Avoid fruit juice. Choose water instead. Eat nuts and raw vegetables for snacks. Two pieces of fruit a day keeps us healthy. This article was first published in the August edition of HRMonthly.

Job strain associated with heart disease

July 8, 2014 10:59 am Researchers have found an association between job strain and coronary heart disease. People who experience job strain are 23% more likely to experience a heart attack, compared to people without such stress. Job strain results from doing highly demanding work with little freedom to control decisions about that work. Read my recent article, “Out of… View Article