Category: Lifestyle

It doesn’t take a lot of salt to threaten heart health: report

THE equivalent of approximately two teaspoons of salt a day is all it takes to potentially cause structural heart damage leading to heart failure, according to a recent study conducted in the US. The study of almost 3000 people, with the median age of 49 years, examined data from lab tests of sodium intake, heart structure and heart function. It found those consuming 3.7 grams or more of salt a day had a significantly higher rate of damage to their heart than those who consumed lower levels. Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute director, Professor Tom Marwick, said it doesn’t...

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Common Agenda reveals ‘long-term change’ vision

NEXT STEP: Hands Up Mallee community leader table member, Narelle Hahn-Smith, and Northern Mallee Community Partnership executive officer, Cheree Jukes, discuss the group’s recently released ‘Common Agenda’. AFTER more than two years of consultation with residents and key local organisations, Hands Up Mallee (HUM) has this week unveiled its ‘Common Agenda’ to create long-term change for the region. HUM is an initiative of the Northern Mallee Community Partnership, and was formed after statistics revealed that Mildura was the third most disadvantaged town/city in Victoria. According to HUM, Mildura’s rate of teen pregnancy, family drug and alcohol problems and juvenile...

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Outdoor classes a breath of fresh air

OUTDOOR LEARNING: Trinity College primary and secondary students enjoying the fresh air during outdoor classes. Pictured are Amelia Katsantonis and Natasha Schilling, both 8. Photo: PAUL MENSCH WHEN nature and technology merge it creates a productive blend of interest and excitement, and that’s certainly been the case for Mildura’s Trinity College students engaged in outdoor classes on the school’s campus. “The kids love it, they’re set a number of challenging exercises to complete and  gather data from the natural surroundings of the school, in what’s really a bit of a scavenger hunt,” Trinity College teacher Sharne Lane said. “The...

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An apiarist’s life is just ‘the bee’s knees…’

AS BUSY AS BEES: Sunraysia beekeeper Trevor Monson, right, with former Californian-based researcher Elizabeth Frost. By JOHN DOOLEY THE statistics surrounding the Australian almond industry are quite astounding. Almond orchard plantings in Australia increased by almost 16 percent, or nearly 5000 hectares, in 2016, to now total 36,000 hectares. The number of almond trees now planted in orchards totals more than 10 million. In 2016, production exceeded 82,000 tonnes, with Australia contributing almost eight percent of the global crop to remain the world’s second largest producer behind the USA, which grew 80 percent of  the world’s production. More than...

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Hope springs from new garden project

NEW VENTURE: Garden of Hope Mildura director, Debbie Fitzgerald, LEFT, will officially launch her free tourism attraction today and tomorrow, with the concept aiming to provide hope, encouragement and inspiration to community residents and visitors alike. Photos: PAUL MENSCH   A NEW community initiative designed to provide hope, encouragement and inspiration to local residents and visitors alike will celebrate its official launch today and tomorrow. ‘Garden of Hope Mildura’ is the brainchild of long-time Mildura resident and artist Debbie Fitzgerald, with the concept taking up residence at the old ‘Snakes and Ladders’ site on Seventeenth Street at Cabarita. The...

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