Healthy Life

From exercises to recipes and how to deal with an emergency, this section gives advice on how you and your family can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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5 practical ways to put stress in its place

Posted on 17 February 2017

If you dread Manic Mondays or often feel as if the weekend takes too long to arrive, stress may be playing a larger role in your daily life than you realise. We offer some practical, everyday tips that can help take the pressure off the daily grind.

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A beginner’s guide to cycling

Posted on 15 February 2017

Cycling is a great way to keep fit, meet new people and explore the countryside. If you’ve never put bum on seat before, here are some pointers to get you pedalling.

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How to avoid common mountain biking injuries

Posted on 9 February 2017

Whether you’re a Cape Epic cross-country rider or a downhill extremist, if you’re out on your mountain bike you could run the risk of a range of injuries. Here’s a look at the most common ones, and how to prevent them happening.

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Is it healthy to be a ‘weekend warrior?’

Posted on 8 February 2017

Between work and family responsibilities, many people simply don’t have the time to exercise during the week. But sports specialists caution ‘weekend warriors’ about the value of consistency.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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Tips towards raising a secure child

Posted on 8 February 2017

For healthy eyes, we feed our children carrots. For strength, we sneak spinach into their dinners. But what soul food do we serve up for confidence?

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Common myths about breastfeeding – and the facts

Posted on 8 February 2017

A lactation consultant says most moms can breastfeed successfully – but some persistent myths have convinced many new mothers otherwise.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
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How to treat common bites and stings

Posted on 8 February 2017

Bees, wasps, scorpions, hornets and spiders can pose a risk, particularly to young children. Here’s what you need to know about common bites and stings.

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Listeria in pregnancy and foods to avoid

Posted on 7 February 2017

To avoid a possible listeria infection, pregnant women are advised to avoid some foods where possible and take precautions to cook certain foods thoroughly.

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Exercise and asthma

Posted on 3 February 2017

Exercise is a common trigger for asthma symptoms, but asthma shouldn’t be a reason to avoid exercise. Proper diagnosis and an effective treatment plan can help asthma sufferers enjoy the many benefits of appropriate exercise.

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Anxiety disorders vs anxiety attacks or stress

Posted on 2 February 2017

A clinical psychologist explains the difference between anxiety disorders and attacks as well as anxiety attacks and stress.

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‘This is why I volunteer’

Posted on 20 January 2017

Mediclinic encourages its staff and affiliated doctors to take some time out every year to volunteer. Dr Mandi Oosthuizen, a GP at Mediclinic Hoogland in Bethlehem, volunteered with the Joyce Meyer Ministries Hand of Hope medical outreach programme. She tells us what she found most enriching about her two weeks in Madagascar.

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Five foods to
boost your mood

Posted on 20 January 2017

Enjoying a meal is one of life’s singular pleasures. Here are our pick of the top five foods to lift your mood and keep you healthy.

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The facts on carpal tunnel syndrome

Posted on 19 January 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome is becoming increasingly common in today’s digital age. A Mediclinic orthopaedic surgeon explains the causes and treatment of this condition.

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First Cape Town Cycle
Tour checklist

Posted on 18 January 2017

Like someone once said, it’s not about the bike. (Not entirely, at least!) When you’re prepping for your first Cape Town Cycle Tour, you’ll have a long list of things to consider – from training to nutrition. Here’s your pre-race checklist.

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CrossFit vs high intensity interval training

Posted on 12 January 2017

While CrossFit and high intensity interval training share some similarities, they are two distinct training methods. Our biokinetics expert explains how each works and weighs up the pros and cons.

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8 ways to prepare
your child for a new school

Posted on 12 January 2017

An educational psychologist offers advice to parents to help learners start a new school on a positive note.

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Balance exercises
to prevent falls

Posted on 12 January 2017

A biokineticist discusses the challenges of balance for older people and provides some practical solutions.

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Keeping you safe on the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Posted on 6 January 2017

As the official medical service provider for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Mediclinic has expanded the health screening questionnaire that forms part of the race registration process. Race doctor Jann Killops answers questions about the questionnaire and explains what the information is used for.

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How to avoid sunstroke

Posted on 23 December 2016

Our infographic looks at what causes sunstroke, who is most at risk and how to prevent it this summer.

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First-aid essentials
for the outdoors

Posted on 23 December 2016

Have a look at our infographic to see what to pack in your first-aid outdoors kit before your camping trip, hike or outdoor adventure.

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How to pin emergency contacts to your phone

Posted on 20 December 2016

The holiday season is the time of year when emergency services are the busiest as more people are on the roads or outdoors. We show you how to pin emergency contacts to your phone for quick access.

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