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Spring cleaning your lifestyleFinally! It's time to emerge from the heft and sluggishness of winter, and tune into the bright, clean energy of spring. It is the season for clearing out the old and slow, and kicking up our heels to livelier, sunnier rhythms. Springtime brings the perfect opportunities to reboot our immune systems after the cold-and-flu blues; use the extra daylight hours to boost our Vitamin D and swop stodgy comfort food for the juicy buoyancy of the new season's bounty. 9 Sep 2019 Read More >>

Empowering parents to enable breastfeedingSnickering, disparaging, denigrating and casting aspersions on breastfeeding; shaming moms who breastfeed; who breastfeed in public or who excuse themselves to express breastmilk at work; raising doubts that a breastfeeding mom is producing enough milk to meet her baby's needs; expecting a breastfeeding mom to place other priorities above her baby's hunger - these are some of the insidious ways that we, as society, routinely disempower parents and ultimately discourage the very best way to feed a baby for the first six months of its life, and beyond. 6 Aug 2019 Read More >>

The links between stress, digestion and nutritionStress, as an appropriate response to a real danger, is an evolutionary life-saver. Thanks to the fight-flight responses in our ancestors' bodies, we, the descendants have made it through to the 21st Century. It's ironic that in this modern age with extraordinary technologies devoted to eliminating hazards and increasing our ease in life, our stress is off the charts. We've become aware that our bodies, almost perpetually flooded with the stress hormones, adrenalin and cortisol, are now at risk from their own, age-old, protective ingenuity. 14 Jun 2019 Read More >>

Dietitians do much more than you thinkThe careers of dietitians are way more diverse than many think. The typical assumption is that a dietitian is a nutritional health professional available through private practice to those who need and can afford weight loss expertise. The reality couldn't be more different. Dietitians are employed across private practice and public healthcare; academia and research; corporate, government and non-government sectors. While they all have the expertise to deal with weight loss and weight management, which can be critical health issues, their expertise in science-based nutrition means that they work far more widely on a myriad of nutrition-related issues. 4 Jun 2019 Read More >>

Making the best food choices for HIV and TBHuman Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Tuberculosis (TB) are two of the most prevalent infections in South Africa, and both conditions present nutritional challenges that must be met to effectively treat these diseases. 9 May 2019 Read More >>

What SA dietitians say about the planetary health dietFor the first time in human history there is a proposal on the table that all the world's people follow the same diet. The EAT-Lancet Commission brought together more than 30 world-leading experts to figure out if we can feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within sustainable planetary boundaries. According to the report's authors, food is "the single strongest lever to optimise health and environmental sustainability on earth." 19 Mar 2019 Read More >>

Banking your breastmilk saves livesThe breastmilk bank is probably the most altruistic banking system in the world. Healthy, lactating moms express and donate their excess breastmilk. The milk is tested and pasteurised, and then distributed to neo-natal intensive care units around the country, where it is used to feed the most vulnerable babies. 12 Mar 2019 Read More >>

Busting the breakfast mythsStarting the day with a healthy breakfast is the opening act for a healthy lifestyle, and lays the foundation of our future health over the longer term. Yet, if there's a meal to be skipped, it is most likely to be breakfast. 10 Oct 2018 Read More >>

Breastfeeding, not just best for baby, but best for SA2018 World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from 1-7 August, is emphasising breastfeeding as 'the foundation of life' and highlighting the advantages of improving breastfeeding for communities and countries. The campaign, co-ordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), identifies breastfeeding as an essential strategy to combat the impacts of inequality, crises and poverty - all major issues across South Africa. Yet, we remain one of the countries with the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world. 6 Aug 2018 Read More >>

Nutrition at the centre of sustainable corporate wellnessWe live in an era when many of us, not just aspire to, but have an expectation that living well for longer is a real possibility. Increased awareness of the impact of lifestyle on health has made it clear we can't just rely on medical industries to reach this goal - we play the most important part. It is a part that is played not at all in sweeps of grandeur, but in the small details of our daily choices - What will we eat? When we will exercise? How will we get sufficient rest and sleep? What do we need to do to actively manage our stress today? 3 Jul 2018 Read More >>

All the ways that Dietitians Do PreventionAcross the world, health and social care services are under stress; and in South Africa, the inaccessibility of quality health care for many people remains one of the country's intractable problems. These pressures have intensified the focus on the prevention of disease as the key driver of public health. At the forefront of prevention is food. As one of the only healthcare professionals trained and qualified to interpret the latest nutrition science and dietary guidelines, dietitians play multiple roles in the prevention of diseases. 4 Jun 2018 Read More >>

Busting the two biggest myths about your immune systemWinter is here, and that gets us thinking about our immune system, and what we need to do to boost it, so that it helps us avoid colds and flu, or at least recover from them more quickly. 23 May 2018 Read More >>

Women and diabetes in the spotlight this NovemberOver the past decades, the rise of diabetes around the world has been so prevalent and extreme, it is sometimes referred to as the epidemic of our modern times. In 2017, the diabetes focus theme is Women and Diabetes. Globally, diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women, resulting in 2.1 million deaths each year. It is estimated that there are currently more than 199 million women living with diabetes, and by 2040, this total is expected to reach over 310 million. 14 Nov 2017 Read More >>

National Nutrition Week: Rethink your drink - choose water!Clean and clear, refreshing and invigorating, we know instinctively that water is good for us. Yet, many of us have lost touch with water. Overwhelmed with the wide choice of what to drink, most of it sweetened with sugar, we've somehow left the simple, but profound goodness of water behind. 12 Oct 2017 Read More >>

Six eating habits for healthy kidneysWhen it comes to health advice, our hearts are often in the spotlight. However, as equally vital organs, our kidneys really shouldn't be relegated to the shadows. Worldwide, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is on the rise - one in 10 people globally are affected, and that's every bit as serious as cardiac disease. 5 Sep 2017 Read More >>

Why breastfeeding and work can, and should, go togetherReturning to work after maternity leave rates as one of the top reasons why mothers stop breastfeeding their babies before they should. The 2017 World Breastfeeding Week runs from 1-7 August with the aim of uniting all sectors of society in the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. The campaign, co-ordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), identifies four critical focus areas, one of which is women's productivity and work. 31 Jul 2017 Read More >>

Dietitian's urge South Africans to 'Eat Fact Not Fiction' June 2017Nutrition advice promising all sorts, from weight loss to healthier living and even cures for diseases, spread like wildfire across social media. In the era of ‘alternative facts' and post-truth, ‘the latest, greatest nutrition advice' from dubious sources can unfortunately tempt many away from accepted dietary guidelines and recommendations based on years of evidence. 12 Jun 2017 Read More >>

Statement on the outcome of the HPCSA inquiry into the conduct of Professor Tim NoakesThe Association for Dietetics in South Africa's (ADSA) former president Ms Claire Julsing-Strydom submitted a complaint about Professor Tim Noakes to the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in 2014 on behalf of ADSA regarding, what it considered, unconventional infant nutrition advice. 24 Apr 2017 Read More >>

Expert tips for a healthier lifestyleFebruary is national Healthy Lifestyles Awareness Month, with Healthy Lifestyles Awareness Day being celebrated on 22 February. The National Department of Health encourages all South Africans to live healthier lifestyles, through promoting healthy eating, regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco products, and drinking alcohol in moderation, if at all. But can improving our lifestyles have much of an impact on our health? According to the World Health Organization, the good news is that leading a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and strokes and 60% of premature deaths due to cancer *. 22 Feb 2017 Read More >>

The low down on South Africa's Sugar TaxThe Minister of Finance announced in the February 2016 National Budget a decision to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), with effect from 1 April 2017, to help reduce excessive sugar intake by South Africans. The Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) welcomes this step as one part of the solution to address the obesity problem and improve the health of South Africans. 18 Jan 2017 Read More >>

10 healthy ways to survive the festive season eating frenzyEvery year the festive season arrives and all our healthy eating plans go out of the window. There is no doubt that time to relax and enjoy ourselves is important to our well-being, but we tend to over-indulge in rich foods, sweet treats and alcohol. At the same time, we are cutting back on regular physical activity and staying up too late, too often. 9 Dec 2016 Read More >>

What your dietitian wants you to know about diabetesThere were 2.28 million cases of diabetes in South Africa in 2015 according to the International Diabetes Foundation and around 1.21 million people with undiagnosed diabetes. Considering these numbers it remains vitally important to continue educating South Africans about diabetes and to address the myths that are often associated with this lifestyle disease. 16 Nov 2016 Read More >>

Love your beans for good healthSouth Africa celebrates National Nutrition Week from 9-15 October, and aligning to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) which has declared that 2016 is the 'International Year of Pulses', this year's campaign theme is 'Love your beans - eat dry beans, peas and lentils!' echoing the country's food-based dietary guideline to 'eat dry beans, split peas, lentils and soya regularly'. 12 Oct 2016 Read More >>

The importance of healthy eating to corporate wellnessEmployees eat nearly half of their daily meals and snacks at the workplace, which means that what is consumed during working hours can have a great impact on overall diet and health. It's not uncommon to find that many of us, who may well be healthy eaters at home, give way to speed and convenience when it comes to the food choices that are made, often under pressure, during working hours. 15 Jul 2016 Read More >>

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