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What’s the relationship between hormones and exercise?

When we talk about sport and exercise, it’s easy to forget about the vital role our hormones – the body’s plucky little chemical messenger signals – play.   Yet hormones...

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‘Fatty liver disease’ has a new name. Here’s why.

Scientists around the world have agreed to a new name and definition for the common condition known as fatty liver disease. Dr Elena George, an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian IPAN researcher, explains.

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How can we reduce screen use during meals?

An Australian study explores the experiences of mothers with young children

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Our researchers looked at 700 plant-based foods to see how healthy they really are. Here’s what they found

IPAN PhD student Laura Marchese and Dr Katherine Livingstone comprehensively audited readily available plant-based foods to analyse their nutrition value. They outlined their findings for The Conversation.


Bad influence: study shows social media unreliable for nutrition advice

Relying on social media for dietary advice and nutritional information could prove to be an unhealthy strategy, as a national audit of influencer posts revealed nearly half contained inaccurate information.

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Our ‘food environments’ affect what we eat. Here’s how you can change yours to support healthier eating

In January, many people are setting new year’s resolutions around healthy eating. Achieving these is often challenging – it can be difficult to change our eating habits. But healthy diets can enhance physical and mental health, so improving what we eat is a worthwhile goal.


Deakin tops global list for sports science schools for third year running

Deakin University's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) have once again been ranked the world's best by the prestigious ShanghaiRankings Global Ranking of Sports Science Schools and Departments.

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Playing it safe: why parents need to let children take risks when they play

New research reveals that parents’ tolerance of risk and injury is a determining factor in how physically active their children are.

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Dads in the kitchen: supporting fathers to provide healthy food choices for families

Fathers play a crucial role in shaping the food choices and eating habits of their children within the household. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked in research and initiatives aimed at promoting healthier diets among kids.


Web-based nutrition program transforms type 2 diabetes health

A low carbohydrate nutrition program delivered online has been shown to significantly improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

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How to adapt your training for winter

Struggling to get moving in the colder weather? Here’s how to tweak your routine so it doesn’t freeze over.


Is red meat bad for you? And does it make a difference if it’s a processed burger or a lean steak?

A juicy burger is a staple in many Australians’ diet. Yet research shows regularly eating red meat can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. But is eating a beef burger worse for your health than eating a lean grass-fed steak? And how much red meat should we really be eating?