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30 August 2011

Ounce of prevention update

If you only read the headlines you'd end up with a pretty skewed view of the world. This month we go behind the news and find out the true story behind the article titled 'Healthy eating and exercise a waste of time, according to obesity expert'. We also take a look at the rationale behind putting health warnings on alcohol labels.

Pip tells her story about conquering mountains and shares her advice for people that want to take up running. We've also got a 'how to' about fitting exercise into your daily routine.

Success story: Pip reaches peak fitness

Pip wasn't always a sporty person but five years ago she lost her mum to cancer and took up running. 'Two years after Mum died I was driving past the Tan track in Melbourne and I saw a group of people taking part in a fun run. As soon as I saw the runners I realised this was something I could do to celebrate my Mum and her love of running.'

Read on to find out how fun runs and some of the world's tallest mountains helped Pip reach peak fitness.

Behind the news: How to solve a problem like obesity

Cupcake and measuring tape Recently Professor Joseph Proietto generated a lot of discussion about obesity as a result of his opinion piece in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Prof Proietto was making a case for increasing capacity for bariatric surgery in public hospitals in order to treat the long-term and morbidly obese. He argued that public health campaigns had a limited effect on this group of people and that for some surgery was the best option. However, the way the story was reported sent out some confusing messages. People who are already obese might interpret the message as: there is no point trying to eat healthily and be active, as any weight will ultimately be regained.

We think that when it comes to the issue of obesity – an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

Read on to see the latest debate on solving the problem vs preventing it.

Take action: Change in alcohol labelling policy

Beer bottle lidsUnlike almost every other product we ingest, alcohol products are not required to list ingredients nor carry health warnings. Yet alcohol is a carcinogen. A recent review of the evidence found one in five cases of breast cancer in Australia can be linked to alcohol.

If another consumer product was so strongly associated with cancer there would be outcry if the public was not warned.

So why is it different when it comes to alcohol?

How to: Meet and complete your daily exercise quota

Orange dumb bellsWork, family and a myriad of other commitments can get in the way of getting the recommended amount of daily exercise.

Here are some tips to fit in fitness, and make it part of your routine.

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