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Much of the U.S. was built around the automobile, with greater distances to be covered than in places like Europe, making Americans’ daily lifestyles higher in energy than elsewhere. johnkay/flickr

Eco-authenticity: advocating for a low-carbon world while living a high-carbon lifestyle

Cognitive dissonance: scholars need to confront the undeniable conflict of pushing for action on climate change, while maintaining a high-energy lifestyle.
Older people are more likely to drop out of the workforce for good when they’re sick than young people. Bacho/Shutterstock

Balancing the health budget: chronic disease investment pays big dividends

Economic modelling shows that policies to reduce chronic diseases can have large economic benefits –A$4.5 billion a year for diabetes alone – by reducing health costs and boosting the workforce.
To grow into healthy adults, children need lots of exercise. The best kind is when they are playing freely – even better when it is with their parents. Shutterstock

Children exercising is a necessity for development, but there are limits

Globally, evidence points to children becoming less active because they would rather play computer games than be outdoors.
Although older women are not naturally prone to exercise, being part of an exercise group helps them to stay in a fitness program. Reuters

For older women, exercise buddies make all the difference

The relationship that older women build up with their trainers is key to maintaining their participation in exercise programs.
When it comes to passing stools, ‘normal’ ranges from three times a week, to three times a day. Image from shutterstock.com

Health Check: should we aim for daily bowel movements?

When I was in my teens, I watched the comedy Crazy People, starring Dudley Moore and Daryl Hannah. Moore plays a burnt-out advertising executive who creates (hilarious) “honest” ads. One of the ads is…
Dementia prevalence down but not out. Flickr/Sparkle Glowplug

Dementia stats down but postcode lottery drives uneven care

Dementia has been described as a ticking time bomb, with the number of those affected predicted to double in the next two decades. But a new study suggests that the prevalence of people with dementia in…
Sustainable living: it’s more difficult than just hugging trees. William Conran/PA

Recession could be the right time to help us change for the better

In the financial crisis and long global recession, millions have been forced to change their lifestyles to get by. When jobs, homes or businesses have been lost, many have had to change habits, hobbies…
The best way to prevent type 2 diabetes is to lose your excess fat. Image from shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is diabetes?

To keep your body functioning, glucose must always be present in your blood. It’s as important as oxygen in the air you breathe. The brain can only function for a few minutes without either before it stops…
Former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown has passed away aged 90. Hearst Corporation

Death of an editor: vale Helen Gurley Brown

The opening round of respectful tributes have been flowing through the media after the death of Helen Gurley Brown. The original Sex and the City girl died in New York on Monday, aged 90. Long-reigning…

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