Here’s where you can get fit alongside an NRL legend on the Gold Coast

If someone tells me ‘winter bodies are made in summer’, the first instinct I have… is to eye roll and walk away.

But not this time.

I’ve always wished I could get fit over winter, but warm pasta dishes, red wine, rugging up on the couch and NOT moving is where it’s at.

If that’s you, feel free to hit the back button and stop reading right here. Or, if you’re ready to be convinced like I was that now is a better time than any to get fit, then here we go.

ENTER: Arguably the quickest way to burn bulk calories, F45.
ALSO ENTER: An incredibly good looking, former NRL star, training buddy, Scott Prince.

Word has it you can now train beside a sporting legend, and F45 Bundall is the place to do it.

Prince has been playing league for over twenty years. He’s played for our good ol’ Titans, as well as the Wests Tigers, the Cowboys, the Broncos, and he’s played Origin for Queensland.

So they don’t come much better, and he’s no stranger to training HARD.

He’s been training at F45 Bundall for the past 3 years but rumour has it; he’s about to take on the franchise’s next global 8 week challenge (beginning on July 22).

So YOU can train with HIM!

I’m not a stalker. But that’s a big incentive for me.

Prince is also lined up to help the trainers with extra sessions and Q&As, for those who want the extra benefits of his sporting knowledge.

Otherwise you can just say g’day to him in class!

Prince will only be training at F45 Bundall, and apparently they’re running a two week free trial so you could realistically just spend two weeks sweating your butt off while drooling over Scott Prince.

You’re welcome.

Did I mention there’s a trip to Bali up for grabs too? I must have been too distracted by the Scott Prince thing…

For more information, click here.

Daffodil Day Volunteer

Volunteers needed for Daffodil Day appeal

Cancer Council Queensland is calling on locals to show their support for the Daffodil Day Appeal by selling fresh daffodils to raise funds for vital cancer research.

The Daffodil Day Appeal will take place throughout August, culminating in Daffodil Day on Friday, August 23.

This year, Daffodil Day celebrates 33 years of turning Australia yellow, and local volunteers are needed to help sell daffodils at various locations around the Gold Coast.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said preparations for Daffodil Day were well-underway, but more volunteers were needed.

“Cancer Council works across every aspect of cancer, but we rely on the generosity of community donations to help fund our work,” Ms McMillan said.

“We want to encourage everyone to get involved this Daffodil Day, with the knowledge that your involvement will give hope to everyone affected by cancer.”

This year, Cancer Council Queensland are looking for more than 480 volunteers across the greater Gold Coast and City of Logan areas to give a few hours of their time to help us sell fresh daffodils at over 50 sites.

“If you enjoy meeting people and love the idea of helping raise funds for a vital cause contributing to a cancer free future, then you’re exactly who we’re looking for,” Ms McMillan said.

This year, Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise $1 million to support its vital work in cancer research through the Daffodil Day Appeal.

There are many ways to support the Daffodil Day Appeal; volunteer your time, get your school or workplace involved; donate online, or buy a daffodil pin or fresh daffodils on Friday, August 23.

For more information or to get involved, visit daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

Queenslanders urged to rock wraparounds for International Sunglasses Day

Well, the sun’s not exactly back out on the Gold Coast, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be protecting your eyes.

Especially today, because it’s International Sunglasses Day – yes, that’s a thing.

And on the best of days, Australia’s where the sun shines brightest, particularly in… the SUNshine state.

Cancer Council Queensland is calling on us all to slide on your wraparound sunnies.

Sure normal sunnies might look cooler, but close-fitting wraparound sunglasses will better protect you when the UV is high (index level 3 or below)(basically everyday in Queensland).

Bring your broad-brimmed hat for extra protection. Your eyes will thank you.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said UV exposure in both adults and children can lead to permanent and preventable eye-damage.

“International Sunglasses Day brings attention to the importance of UV eye protection and we are taking this opportunity to remind people how vital it is to remain sun safe in Queensland all year round.

“Repeated exposure of the eyes to UV radiation causes both short-term eye complaints and permanent eye damage, including squamous cell cancers on the surface of the eye and skin cancer around the eyes.

“Other long-term eye problems associated with UV radiation include cataracts, damage to the retina, cornea and cloudiness of the cornea.

“In Queensland, the UV Index is three or above every day, all year round.

During winter, the maximum UV Index is typically between four and seven, a range that is categorised as moderate to high UVR – which highlights why you need to protect your eyes and skin, even on a windy or cool day,” Ms McMillan said.

If you’re in the market for a new pair of eye-protectors, Ms McMillan says there are a few key features you should be looking for.

“Wrap-around, close fitting, sunglasses with maximum coverage should be worn to provide the best protection through reducing direct and reflected UV radiation and glare reaching the eyes.

“Always choose sunglasses with a clearly-labelled lens category two, three or four, rather than basic fashion spectacles, to best protect your eyes,” Ms McMillan said.

So slip, slop, slap, seek and slideee today Queenslanders.

Totally Smiles

WATCH: Get a smile you love at Totally Smiles Surfers Paradise

It is now much easier and more affordable to get the smile you deserve.

Every day at Totally Smiles Surfers Paradise, they help Gold Coasters achieve winning smiles and healthy teeth with a range of safe and pioneering dentistry services.

From family dentistry, through to restorative and cosmetic treatments, Totally Smiles Surfers Paradise has all your dentistry needs covered.

Practice Manager, Yvette Stokes, told myGC they offer a wide range of services.

“We offer everything, including family dental care, fillings, restorations, emergency dental care and more,” she said.

The clinic also now offers a brand new in-chair teeth whitening treatment that is non-invasive and will leave patients with visibly whiter teeth with just a 60-minute dental appointment.

Watch below to see inside the clinic + learn more about their in-chair teeth whitening treatment:

For more information or to book an appointment, call 07 5592 1030 or visit: totallysmiles.com.au/practice/totally-smiles-surfers-paradise/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Totally Smiles Surfers Paradise

 

Steak and vegetables on a plate

Researchers urge less red meat in diets

Eating red and processed meat increases the risk of an earlier death, experts have warned, as they urged people to switch to fish and vegetables.

Swapping red meat for healthier proteins such as eggs, nuts and fish can lead to a longer life, they said.

The new study, published in the British Medical Journal, examined the dietary habits of more than 81,000 people in the US.

People were asked how much they had eaten on average per year of different types of foods over the previous eight years, including red and processed meats (such as ham, hot dogs and bacon), nuts, fish, eggs, whole grains, legumes and chicken and turkey without skin.

The results showed that people who increased their red and processed meat intake by at least half a serving per day over the eight years had a 10 per cent higher risk of dying in the subsequent eight-year period.

The increased risk for processed meat alone was 13 per cent and was 9 per cent for unprocessed red meat.

Half a serving of red meat was regarded as 42.5 grams while half a serving of processed meat was one rasher of bacon (6.5g), half a hot dog (22.5g) or 14g of sausage.

The researchers found that people who cut their red and processed meat intake while swapping for healthier foods, such as eggs, chicken and fish, enjoyed a longer life.

A decrease in red and processed meat consumption and a simultaneous increase in the consumption of nuts led to a 19 per cent reduced risk of dying over an eight-year period.

Swapping a daily portion of meat for fish cut the risk by 17 per cent, whole grains by 12 per cent and poultry without skin by 10 per cent.

Swapping to vegetables cut the risk by 10 per cent, eggs by 8 per cent and legumes by 6 per cent.

Previous studies have shown that red and processed meat is linked to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer.

The researchers, based in the US and China, concluded: “This association with mortality was observed with increased consumption of processed and unprocessed meat, but was stronger for processed meat.

“A decrease in total red meat consumption and a simultaneous increase in the consumption of nuts, fish, poultry without skin, dairy, eggs, whole grains, or vegetables over eight years was associated with a lower risk of death in the subsequent eight years.

“These findings suggest that a change in protein source or eating healthy plant based foods such as vegetables or whole grains can improve longevity.”

Dr Giota Mitrou, director of research at the World Cancer Research Fund, said: “This new study reinforces our own evidence that eating red meat or processed meat increases the risk of cancer.

“We recommend that people eat no more than three portions of red meat a week, as this provides a balance between the advantages of red meat as a source of essential nutrients and the disadvantages.

“However, we recommend that people eat little or no processed meat, such as bacon. ”

Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association, said meat provided essential nutrients – protein, iron and zinc and vitamins.

“People should think carefully before turning away from a product that has not only served humans well but played a significant part in their development.”

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