November Newsletter 2017

November Newsletter

This month our corehealth regular champion is an inspiring and strong woman!

Kids love playing all different types of games but how do they actually effect children?

Details of our annual corehealth Christmas Party and the return of our strongkids program!

This month enjoy some traditional scones, with a lavender twist!

Contents

corehealth Monthly Special
corehealth Inspiration
Regular Champions
Let’s Talk Health – How do Games Effect Children?
Recipe of the Month – Lavender Scones

corehealth Monthly Special

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corehealth Inspiration

“Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional”

– Walt Disney

corehealth Regular Champion

This month’s we interview one of corehealth’s long term regulars, Kate a very determined woman who loves to challenge herself. Kate has been attending Exercise Physiology Session amongst other services at corehealth

How long have you been coming into corehealth?

I first started at corehealth about four years ago to learn Pilates. After being taught initially, I started doing group classes. This escalated somewhat, and I now follow a tailored Exercise Physiology (EP) program.

What did you initially come into Core Health for?

I was experiencing quite a bit of lower back pain. My GP advised me that I should do something to strengthen my core muscles and so some proper Pilates was in order.

What are your interests and what are you currently doing with yourself? (job/spare time)

I am part owner of the Republic Hotel. I spend quite a lot of my spare time running about after my kids– regularly dropping one of them off to Core Health! I’ve recently completed an Honours degree in English at Adelaide Uni, graduating earlier in the year. So you can guess, I like to read! Also in common with lots of the folk at corehealth, I’m very keen on all things Japanese.

What services are you currently receiving from Core Health and why?

I do three EP sessions a week, mostly with Courtney and Sarah, and also Celine. I also do two watt bike sessions a week, except when life gets in the way, which it has been a bit lately! I want to be as fit and strong as I can be and I find that this committed physical aspect to my life is a great balance to everyday mental and emotional stresses.

I also have regular physiotherapy treatments on my back and neck each week. The owner of a dodgy neck, I find this keeps it moving, and I’m hoping one day we might get all the kinks worked out!

How has corehealth helped you? 

I no longer have the lower back pain that brought me in in the first place. I also dislocated my shoulder in an accident during the time I’ve been at corehealth, so this has been taken into account in all my managements. I’m very happy to report that the shoulder is now as good asit’s ever been, and better.

I’m very much fitter and stronger than I used to be. I have more energy on a daily basis, and more confidence that I can just get up and do anything I want to do! And that feels great. I used to be scared that the hour’s session might kill me! I no longer have that problem. I now like the guys to challenge me as much as they can, and know that I’m going to feel better at the end of each session than when I arrived. And the shopping bags aren’t as heavy anymore!

What is your favourite part of coming to corehealth?

I love achieving my goals. Every 12 weeks my management is reviewed and I get to see the percentage of improvement attained in that time. Nothing feels better than Amir pointing to a graph and showing me how it’s gone up! There is a great sense of achievement.

It is a very positive environment at corehealth, always a sense that challenges can be overcome

And boxing— where have you been all my life!?

I’ve also met great people here. A great deal of care is taken to make sure I’m doing everything correctly and I really like to get it right. And there is always good chat and lots of laughs!

What are your goals and ambitions for 2017 in terms of your health and fitness? And how are you planning to achieve this?

A six-pack! I plan to achieve this by doing everything I’m told, and not eating too many pizzas!

Keep up the good work Kate!

– Written by Courtney Hutton

Let’s Talk Health

How do Games Affect Children?

Nowadays kids are all about games on their own or their parents’ smart phones, their computers or any other electronic device. This is a trend which did not exist a few decades ago and still does not exist in some cultures and countries around the world. So what are the main differences between these kinds of games and the old school games kids used to play?

Video games:
According to researches video games can change your brain just like when we learn something new: playing an instrument, learning to read the brain adjusts to the new skill. It’s similar to muscle building after exercising, the substance called Dopamine in our brain strengthens neural circuits.

The benefits:
Video games can develop children’s creative side when they have to solve a problem during the game in a short period of time. Moreover, they develop other skills such as hand eye coordination and fine motor. Many surgeons and pilots use simulations for their training which is similar in a way to video games. There have been researches which claim that pilots are more skilful today than they were in the previous generation. While playing video games there are limited resources to use, hence the reason why the planning skill is an important skill to be used while playing. In strategy games for instance there might be unexpected surprises such as an enemy attacking which forces the player to change tactics, think quickly and be flexible.

The disadvantages:
Many children play violent video games which obviously not only increases the level of violence but also the aggressive thoughts, feelings and behavior. In fact, in most of the video games kids are rewarded for being more violent. The repetitive actions of kicking, stabbing and shooting are unfortunately effective tools for behavior learning. Research has shown there are cases of teenagers committing violent crimes who spend a large amount of time playing video games since they get confused differentiating between reality and fantasy and therefore don’t cope well with anxiety and stressful situations. It has been shown that children who rely more on the navigating during the games instead of active learning reduce gray matter in the hippocampus which has been linked to higher risks of brain illnesses, depression, schizophrenia, PTSD and Alzheimer’s disease. Kids become more isolated while playing by themselves, which affect their social skills as well. Many children admit they skip their homework and don’t study as much as they should since they want to play more video games. Psychologists have found that children who are addicted to video games argue more with their teachers and fight more with their friends. Moreover, it affects their concentration levels. Children who play one hour or more per day have more intense symptoms of ADHD. Video games can affect children’s health including obesity, seizures and muscular- skeletal disorders including postural issues.

Active games:
When kids play outside or are committed to a sport activity not only does their body benefit from it but so does their brain.

The advantages:
Exercise increases the blood flow to the brain. The blood delivers oxygen and glucose which the brain needs for mental focus- makes it easier for kids to learn and memorise. Active games build more brain cells which associates with memorising, faster reaction times and higher levels of creativity. The neurotrophic factor BDNF is known to be built up due to exercise, this factor causes the brain cells to join together which enlarges children’s capacity for knowledge. Activities which involve balance and jumping strengthen the vestibular system that creates a spatial awareness and mental alertness. Studies have shown that kids who participate in organised sports increase their confidence, teamwork and leadership. They also increase their strength, flexibility and endurance which improve their confidence through physical challenges during their childhood.

– Written by Hila Ben Shoham

References:

Franceschini, S., Gori, S., Ruffino, M., Viola, S., Molteni, M., & Facoetti, A. (2013). Action Video Games Make Dyslexic Children Read Better. Current Biology, 23(6), 462-466.
Kovess-Masfety, V., Keyes, K., Hamilton, A., Hanson, G., Bitfoi, A., Golitz, D., . . . Pez, O. (2016). Is time spent playing video games associated with mental health, cognitive and social skills in young children? Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(3), 349-357.
Berard, A. V., Cain, M. S., Watanabe, T., & Sasaki, Y. (2015). Frequent Video Game Players Resist Perceptual Interference. Plos One, 10(3).
Chaddock, L., Erickson, K. I., Prakash, R. S., Vanpatter, M., Voss, M. W., Pontifex, M. B., . . . Kramer, A. F. (2010). Basal Ganglia Volume Is Associated with Aerobic Fitness in Preadolescent Children. Developmental Neuroscience, 32(3), 249-256.
Rowland, T. (2011). Cardiovascular fitness is associated with cognition in young adulthood. Yearbook of Sports Medicine, 2011, 353-354.

corehealth News

Strongkids!

Our Strongkids summer program is returning at corehealth 2017/2018!
This year’s new theme:

“AROUND THE WORLD IN 4 WEEKS”

Strongkids benefits children by:
• Encourages physical activity as a way of life, which in turn has positive effects on the rest of the family

• Increases their anatomical awareness of their body through movement and anatomy concepts learning
• Encourages them to take ownership of their wellbeing and increases awareness of their daily energy expenditure / intake balance
• Develops their understanding of movement patterns and improves coordination and multi-limb/gross and fine motor skills
• Enhances postural muscular strength, especially important for sedentary lifestyle habits like time spent on computers or tablets
• Improves their self esteem by fostering a sense of achievement through physical activity in a small social team environment

Who is strongkids for?
• Children aged 5 – 14 years old
• Children with lots of energy – to channel that playfulness
• Children with low energy – to boost their energy levels and immune system
• Athletic children – to enhance their performance
• Non-athletic children – to encourage physical activity
• Children with fine and/or gross motor skill difficulties

On the day:
• Sessions run for 60 minutes and attendance is 2 x per week at the allocated time
• Children will be in small groups of 8-10 in a healthy, fun, safe and supported environment
• Individual assessments of each child are done within the group setting during the first and last session of the program
• Each session in between incorporates an individual component catered to each child’s strengths and developmental needs according to the assessments
• There is a large focus on social skills, with group, partner and individual activities
• With the theme of “Around The World in 4 Weeks” this year, the main learning components of each session this year are:
– Learning about the 1) types of games children play, and 2) the different types of sports different countries are good at and what muscles and/or motor skills are required to perform the movement.
– Learn to perform each movement component and muscle groups required in the games / sports e.g. throwing catching Five Stones, leg-eye coordination in Soccer
• Furthermore, on top of increasing their knowledge of anatomy and sports, some circuit resistance training, cardio activities, mobility and balance challenges are also incorporated in the program to increase their interest in exercise

More about assessments: 
• Less of a test, more like a game!
• The initial and final sessions of this 10 session program help us tailor the exercises to better benefit each child
• Measurements of height and flexibility will be recorded
• Posture and muscle composition will be noted
• Activities like running, jumping and object control are also included
• We can gain lots of information from these sessions, all of which will be summarised in a take home report along with their progress from the rest of the program
Measurable improvement may not be seen between the initial and final assessment due to the shortness of the course, that’s fine. Instead, we are instilling children with knowledge about the body and teaching them skills to get them better in the long run.

Please note…
strongkids sessions will be run strictly without parental attendance. This allows children to remain undistracted throughout sessions and the dynamic to stay relaxed. A qualified Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist runs every session so there is no need to worry. There will be a short time available before and after each session if you wish to speak to staff. We hope you can utilise the hour to further your own fitness or nutritional needs

Sessions
Sessions are running: 10 am Monday & Wednesday during the summer holidays for a period of 6 weeks from Saturday 16 December 2017 – Wednesday 24th January 2018 (with a 2 week break to allow for Christmas and New Year’s festivities)
Testing on Saturday 16th December 2017 1.5hrs
Week 1: Monday 18th December, Wednesday 20th December
Week 2: Friday 5th January
Week 3: Monday 8th January and Wednesday 10th January
Week 4: Monday 15th January and Wednesday 17th January
Week 5: Monday 22nd January
Final Testing: Wednesday 24th January 2018 1.5hrs

Fees & Offers
$323 per child
$278 for each subsequent sibling
Parents who are already attending sessions at corehealth also enjoy the sibling discount!
Everything is included in the price: 10 x sessions (including assessments), take home information, individual summary report with analysis and recommendations by qualified Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists. Not to mention the smiles at the end of it.

Spaces are filing up quick so please contact us for enrolments on 08 8364 3004 or life@corehealth.net.au.

End of Year Christmas Party!

Come along to our annual corehealth Christmas/End of Year Party! There will be plenty of food and drinks so make sure you RSVP to admin via 4th of December and yes, there will be a special performance! So help us celebrate the year gone by as we thank all of our clients and friends for their ongoing support.

Recipe of the Month

Lavender Scones

On a recent trip to Kangaroo Island at a Lavender farm I had these scones and they were delicious, but a warning, you must looove Lavender to enjoy!

Ingredients

225 g plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
60 g butter
1 tablespoon natural cane sugar
150 ml milk
1 tablespoon organic lavender flowers
1 egg, beaten

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 220C, then lightly flour a baking tray.
2. Sift the flour with the baking powder & salt. Rub the butter with the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
3 Make a deep well in the flour, pour in the liquid and mix to a soft doughy texture with your hands. Sprinkle on the lavender flowers and knead into the dough very lightly until it is just smooth. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board & cut out scone rounds.
4. Brush the scones with the beaten egg, and sprinkle a few lavender flowers on top if you wish.
5. Bake in oven for 7 – 10 minutes or until well risen and brown. Leave to cool. Serve with butter, jam, honey or cream.

– Suggested by Marissa Carter