March Newsletter 2017

This month’s success story is a new client who we quickly all became intrigued with, he has a thousand stories and experiences to share!

Healthy body, healthy mind – read up on the functions of the brain and how exercise can keep it healthy!

Read up on all the news reguarly happening here at corehealth!

This months recipe is an easy, Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bar recipe to indulge in!

Contents

corehealth Monthly Special
corehealth Inspiration
Regular Champions
Let’s Talk Health – Exercise and Fitness as We Age
corehealth News
Recipe of the Month – Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

corehealth Monthly Special

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corehealth Inspiration

“If it’s easy it’s probably not Pilates”

– Unknown

corehealth Regular Champions

Success Story – John Carty

John Carty first joined corehealth in November 2016 after being referred here by one of our long time clients. John has a history of bulged discs in his lumbar spine which had not improved. Realising that he needed to address his body after years of reoccurring issues with his lower back, he needed a different approach. He then asked his friend who the best was to come and see about this issue and was pointed in our direction to meet with Amir.

This is when we found out John was the head of anthropology at the South Australian Museum and also a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Adelaide. Every session John enlightens us about aspects of his work, with his particular interest in indigenous Australian culture and heritage. John states he is extremely fortunate to be in this line of work and have his role with the museum as it has taken him all over Australia to spend time with many different indigenous cultures working with different artists to introduce them to the rest of Australia.

John has literally travelled to every corner of Australia to immerse himself in the culture of the aboriginal people and help in telling their story. Most notably he has spent time in the Kimberly, Pilbara, Torres Strait, Arnhem land and the Western Desert, stating this is his favourite part of his job and a great privilege. At the beginning of his career, John began working in the Western Desert in 2002, which is still ongoing. This is a particular cultural region in central Australia covering approximately 600,000 km2. Here John began helping to produce books and exhibitions while collaborating with the British museum and National Museum of Australia. This work lead him here to Adelaide last year.

John is now primarily working at the South Australian Museum which has the largest and finest collection of Indigenous material culture in the country. This is where he has achieved the greatest accomplishment of his career thus far which is the current exhibition; ‘Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia’. Yidaki is the aboriginal name for the didgeridoo which John has been researching and recording with the aboriginal people in Arnhem Land in the northeast corner of the Northern Territory. In particular John spent time with a man named Djalu, who he describes as the ‘Didge Master’. One of the greatest digeridoo players in the world.

With this exhibition John wanted to revolutionise a museum exhibition and do something that is completely different. This exhibition consists of a man made forest of Stringybark trees above a resonating and vibrating floor with the sounds of the digeridoo playing in the background. To truly experience it you must visit it for yourself. John explains this isn’t a normal exhibition where you simply look at an object on the wall, but you are truly immersing yourself in the culture and landscape of the Arnhem land people to introduce yourself and undergo an orientation on how the digeridoo is created from the land. The Stringybark trees are designed to house the real digeridoo’s, replicating how the termites eat away and hollow out the trees from which the Yolngu people make digeridoos.

Since commencing regular sessions here at corehealth, John has made significant improvement in his lower back pain and learnt how to appropriately manage the condition. John has commented on how much better he feels overall after beginning these sessions regularly and is very pleased with his progress thus far. From all of us at corehealth, well done! We look forward to hearing about your experiences and travels, and future upcoming exhibitions which we are sure will be a great success.

– Written by Matt Gray

Let’s Talk Health

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND

By Sarah Bernhart

We often think about the importance of exercise in keeping our heart healthy, joints moving freely and muscles in balance. However, the one part of our body we often take for granted is our brain. Our brain is responsible for our most important functions including, hormone control, movement, personality, intelligence, memory and speech. When we talk about the importance of keeping active, many of us forget the importance of exercise for our brain.

The brain is the most important organ in our body, and we cant live without it. The brain is made up of 3 main parts;
• Cerebrum – the largest component of the brain, which fills up most of our skill and is responsible for memory, problem solving, emotions and thinking. It is also the part that controls every movement we perform.
• Cerebellum – this sits at the back of our head, just above the nape of the neck. It is responsible for controlling our coordination and sense of balance and position in space.
• Brain Stem – this sits in front of our cerebellum and connects our brain to our spinal cord, allowing the brain to get messages from our brain to the tips of our fingers. It controls automatic functions such as breathing, our heartbeat, digestion and blood pressure.

Our brain receives nutrients just like any other part of our body; via our blood stream. With every heartbeat 20-25% of our blood goes to our brain. At rest, the brain will use approximately 20% of the oxygen and nutrients within the blood delivered. However at times where we are required to solve a difficult problem or perform a movement our body hasn’t completed before, it can use up to 50% of the oxygen and nutrients within the blood.

As we get older, our brain ages along with the rest of our body. Diseases that affect the brain during aging are Alzheimer’s and Dementia, however they are not deemed a ‘normal’ consequence of aging. Dementai is an umbrella term used to describe any symptoms that cause impaired thinking and memory such as Huntington’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease also falls into this category, with this disease being responsible for 70% of all dementia symptoms.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, which worsens over time. Syptoms include loss of memory, disorientation, sudden mood changes, difficulty speaking and eventually loss of mobility and basic functions. It is thought that the changes that occur with Alzheimer’s are due to plaque deposits within the brain and tangles which is where chains of protein get ‘tangled’ within brain cells.

Research has shown that participating in regular physical activity is essential for maintaining a healthy brain as it stimulates blood flow to the brain – especially if you are regularly completing exercise that is new to you, and may encourage growth of brain cells. While there is still a large amount of research required, evidence shows that regular exercise is strongly associated with improved cognitive function. It is important to note that both aerobic exercise training and resistance training have been shown to improve cognitive function.

So next time one of our staff give you new and challenging exercises, don’t forget we aren’t just challenging your muscles, we are also strengthening your brain!

References

https://vic.fightdementia.org.au/files/helpsheets/Helpsheet-DementiaQandA08-PhysicalExercise_english.pdf

http://www.alzheimers.net/difference-between-alzheimers-and-dementia/

http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp

corehealth News

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Recipe of the Month

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Buttter Cheesecake Bars

Indulge in this quick and easy no-bake dessert!

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
9 chocolate graham crackers

Cheesecake:
One 7gm package of unflavored gelatin
2 cups of low-fat cream cheese
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons honey-roasted peanuts, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1. For the crust: Line an 8-inch square pan with foil so it overhangs on two sides and lightly spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Put the chocolate and butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 1 minute.

Step 2. Put the graham crackers in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add the melted chocolate mixture and process until the mixture is the texture of very wet sand. Press the crust into the bottom of the prepared pan, cover and refrigerate while preparing the cheesecake layer.

Step 3. For the cheesecake: Clean out the food processor bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over 2 tablespoons water in a small microwave-safe bowl and set aside to soften, about 5 minutes. Microwave the dissolved gelatin, stirring every 10 seconds, until melted.

Step 4. Combine the cream cheese, buttermilk, peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and melted gelatin in the food processor and process until smooth and the sugar has dissolved. Rub a little of the mixture between your fingers, if it is still gritty then continue to process.

Step 5. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the crust and spread evenly with an offset spatula. Sprinkle the top with the peanuts. Wrap the pan loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the cheesecake layer is set, about 2 hours. The bars can be assembled and refrigerated overnight. Cut into 12 bars.
– Suggested by Marissa Carter