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WEIGHT LOSS MANAGEMENT
Opportunities now available for group sessions
• Are you struggling to keep up with life?
• Are your health issues leading to excessive weight gain?
• Do you need professional guidance to manage your weight and
chronic health conditions?
DISCOVER THE NEW YOU
• Private, supportive environment for weight management clients
• Cardiovascular exercise in our well equipped gym
• Low impact hydrotherapy in our heated, non chlorinated pool
• Advice and encouragement on positive lifestyle change
• Guidance and supervision from our physiotherapist and dietician
• Sessions held Tuesdays and Thursdays -- 6.30pm to 8.30pm
ENQUIRIES AND BOOKINGS: 8179 4202
• Did you know Griffith Rehabilitation Hospital also offers
rehabilitation sessions for hip, knee and other joint
replacements, reconditioning, falls prevention, back care and
13 Dunrobin Road Hove SA 5048
Discover a fitter,
healthier, new you
Long term effective weight loss is
always a challenge. Accepting a
positive lifestyle change which will
continue to yield results over a long
period of time is the most effective
Lifestyle change requires not just
motivation but correct information
about exactly what a healthy
sustainable diet and exercise
program is, to continue to support
your weight loss.
The weight management program
at Griffith Rehabilitation Hospital
is conducted by qualified health
professionals including medical
officers, physiotherapists and
dietitians who will assist you to begin
the journey which will set you up
for long term success. You will feel
and look healthier and discover how
much more you enjoy doing all the
things you want to.
This program also assists people
who are planning to have or have
had specific weight loss surgery or
who need to lose weight prior to
To find out more about the
professional and supportive
Weight Loss management at
Griffith Rehabilitation Hospital
go to www.healthscopehospitals.
Eat to beat the 'brain drain'
Deficiency has become the buzz-
word when it comes to brain health.
The good news, according to
nutritionist and author Fiona Kirk, is
that by concentrating on three key
nutrient groups, we can give our
brain the nourishment it craves.
Research indicates that the relatively
large size of the human brain has
a lot to do with what our ancestors
ate. Early human populations
demonstrating greater intelligence
lived near water and ate seafood, a
rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
As a result, our little grey cells
are now largely composed of and
dependent on Omega 3 fatty acids,
particularly DHA which is vital in the
re-building of new brain cells.
When brain cells are damaged,
they must be replaced and DHA
is needed for this process to take
These essential fatty acids (EFAs) are
so named because they are essential
-- not only for brain development but
also for nerve, heart, skin, hair, nail
and hormone health. "It is essential
that we eat foods daily that provide
good levels because we cannot make
them within the body -- we have to
get them from our diet. Oily fish,
walnuts, flaxseeds, hemp seeds,
kidney beans, chickpeas, avocado
and peas are all good sources," says
The body protects itself from the
potential damage of free radicals
(oxygen atoms that might be better
described as 'loose cannons' that
create havoc within healthy body cells
by invading their space and upsetting
their equilibrium) by utilising plant
chemicals known as antioxidants.
There are thousands of antioxidants
in our food. Brain tissue is particularly
susceptible to free radical damage
because 60% of the brain is made
up of fat and fats are very easily
damaged -- just think how quickly
butter goes rancid when left out
of the fridge for a couple of days.
Antioxidant-rich foods should form a
major part of a brain-protective diet
and fruits and vegetables -- and Fiona
says the more colourful the better.
Vitamin D's role in helping to form
and maintain strong bones by aiding
the absorption of calcium is well
known, but it appears that this bone-
strengthener may also be a brain-
One recent study compared the
cognitive performance of more than
3,000 men between the ages of 40
and 79 at eight different centres and
found that the men with the highest
levels of vitamin D showed the best
Vitamin D is primarily synthesised in
the skin after exposure to sunshine.
However, a recent survey in the UK
indicates that around 1 in 6 people
show a deficiency and a new report
has found that 4000iu of vitamin
D is required daily to maintain
optimum blood levels.
The richest food sources are canned
salmon, sardines and mackerel,
soya milk, yoghurt and cheese,
cow's milk, egg yolks, orange juice
and cereals fortified with vitamin D,
but you may need to supplement to
reach the recommended daily levels.
Discuss this with your GP.
For more brain-boosting tips see
nutritionist and author Fiona
Kirk's website www.fionakirk.com.
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