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Workplace recipe book, what a great idea, tried & tested heart healthy recipes from clients, customers and team members of Sonic Health Plus.

Not only is there some tasty and nutritious recipes inside, but also hints & tips on keeping your heart healthy. Even better, they have decided to share with us.

Download your free copy today, we have! Thanks Sonic Health Plus look forward to cooking up a healthy storm!



There is no single cause for heart disease, but there are several risk factors that increase your chance of developing it. 

Thankfully heart disease can be prevented, as long as you are aware of the risk factors. 

The Heart Foundation have put together a fantastic information sheet which provides info on why it is important to know your risk factors and what risk factors contribute (including those not in your control) to heart disease plus some startling statistics.

If you are concerned or unsure visit your GP for a heart health check. Remember you can reduce your chance of developing heart disease by leading a healthy & active lifestyle and if needed medicines prescribed by your Doctor.

Risk factors you can control include;

  • smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • poor diet
  • physical inactivity 
  • being over weight
  • depression

Risk factors not in your control include;

  • age
  • ethnic background

For more information on these risk factors and how they contribute to heart disease please visit Better Health Channel

Today, September 29 is World Heart Day. This is the day that the World Heart Federation campaigns for each year to create awareness for cardivascular disease (CVD).

The theme for this year is to spread the word that everyone, everywhere deserves the right to make healthy heart choices. The World Heart Federation have invited everyone to post a 'heart healthy selfie' (a photo of yourself making the heart symbol) to their Twitter & Facebook pages. 

Today we will be focusing on all things to do with your heart health, we look forward to seeing your heart healthy selfies #WorldHeartDay #HeartChoices #WHD2015 - keep an eye out for ours as well.

To kick off World Heart Day take a look at this thought provoking video. It's about making HEART choices, not HARD choices. 

Lately I have noticed when I talk to everyday people about defibrillators they instanty think "CLEAR!" while picturing a clunky device with paddles at the ready to shock a patient which in turn makes them leap off the bed. With Public Access Defibrillators, this is not the case.

This is where I like to introduce FRED - First Responder External Defibrillator.

The FRED easy and FRED easyport devices are the most popular in SCHILLER's Public Access Defibrillator range

These devices are light weight and give the user visual & audio instruction. The pads are adhesive with a graphic of where they are to be applied to the victim, while the shock itself is gentle and effective. 

Sudden Cardiac Arrest can affect anyone, at any age without warning. Each year 1 in 3 Australians will be affected by a cardiac emergency. When a defibrillator is used within the first 3 minutes of an attack survival rates increase from 5% to 70%. 

The best treatment when faced with a cardiac emergency is to be armed with an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) also known as a Public Access Defibrillator.

So please, next time you are speaking with friends, family, work colleagues or sporting team mates, ask them, have you met FRED? If not introduce them and dispel any misconceptions they may have. It could save a life!

Today marks the end of Australia's Sleep Awareness Week 2015. As we know that good sleep is imperative to good heart health we thought we would share the Sleep Foundation's top ten tips for healthy sleeping. 

  1. Stick to a sleep schedule
  2. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual
  3. If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon
  4. Exercise daily
  5. Evaluate your room
  6. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
  7. Use bright light to help manage your circadian rythms 
  8. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy meals in the evening
  9. Wind down
  10. If you can't sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired

For more information on each of these tips please visit the Sleep Foundation