Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.
5 Mar 2014 |
Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?
Do blood pressure monitors work, and could you benefit from owning one?
21 Nov 2013 |
One in seven Australian adults suffer from some form of high blood pressure. If you’re one of them, monitoring your condition regularly at home with a blood pressure monitor can be useful.
We check out popular online diets - can a virtual diet program give you real-world results?
2 Oct 2013 |
CHOICE compares five popular online weight loss programs: the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation, the Biggest Loser Club, SureSlim, Weight Watchers, and the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge.
With spring in the air, losing the winter bulge is a mission for many. CHOICE runs through the top 10 weight loss tips for slimming down - the smart way.
4 Sep 2013 |
CHOICE's cheat sheet to winning the weight battle.
Which nine foods available from the supermarket could help you live a longer and better quality of life?
30 Apr 2013 |
Filling up your trolley with everyday grocery items such as olive oil, wholegrains and yoghurt could help you reduce your risk of certain diseases.
Can herbal pills and fruit-based liquids really remove toxins, or is it all just marketing spin?
8 Jan 2013 |
We ask the experts just how well diet detox products work when it comes to removing toxins and getting healthy.
The Bebi fruit drink range claims to be the world’s first infant suitable beverage.
23 Nov 2012 |
Parents are angered that Woolworths is stocking the Bebi brand juice to infants as young as six months old.
We find out if coconut water is all it's cracked up to be.
21 Aug 2012 |
It's been hailed as 'nature's sports drink', but does coconut water live up to its health claims?
There’s a multivitamin out there for every age and gender, but do you really need one?
3 Aug 2012 |
While it’s tempting, and not uncommon, to take multivitamins as a nutritional insurance policy, it’s far more beneficial to your health to improve your diet.
Is your diet carcinogenic?
26 Apr 2012 |
Information about foods and drinks that could cause cancer is continually updated. We bring you the latest.
We investigate diet programs and uncover confusing advice as well as aggressive sales tactics.
6 Mar 2012 |
We put diet programs from Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Cohen's Lifestyle Clinic, and Weight Control Doctor under the microscope.
Are they essential, or just a pricey gimmick?
1 Sep 2011 |
There are plenty of specialist multivitamin on the market for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Can they be beneficial, or are they just a gimmick?
An overwhelming proportion of kids foods are far from healthy.
22 Jun 2011 |
CHOICE compares the nutritional panels of various products to help consumers make more informed choices about foods for their children.
Weight-loss spray still on the market while consumer champ Dr Ken Harvey battles in court.
21 Jun 2011 |
A behind-the-scenes look at the defamation lawsuit by SensaSlim against consumer-health advocate Dr Ken Harvey reveals a deep flaw in TGA regulations.
Can slimming be as easy as popping a pill?
2 May 2011 |
We look at the so-called "active ingredients" in weight loss pills to see if they live up to their claims.
Is your “miracle” weight-loss strategy actually expanding your waistline?
20 Jan 2011 |
CHOICE looks at problematic myths and misconceptions, as identified by our in-house experts and a survey of professionals.
These products come with a ‘healthy’ dose of spin.
7 Jan 2011 |
For drinks that are essentially cordials with added vitamins, “nutrient-enhanced waters” are making a splash.
Australians are consuming up to 10 times the amount of sodium we need for good health.
11 Oct 2010 |
Australia’s salt habit is costing the nation much more than the in-store price tag. But will binning our salt shakers solve the problem?
Essential for children's development and our ongoing brain, heart and joint health. Are you getting enough?
6 Oct 2010 |
Omega-3s in our diet can prevent cardiovascular disease and may even protect against arthritis, mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
A huge US survey by our sister organisation reveals six diet and exercise secrets of the slim.
22 Jun 2010 |
Are there key eating and exercise strategies that are trademarks of the slim? Learn the secrets of those who never get fat.
Early testing can help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
25 May 2010 |
If you’re aged over 45, it’s time to get your cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk checked. We outline an action plan for cardiovascular health.
As a last resort, it can be an effective way to drop the life-threatening kilos.
19 Jan 2010 |
Gastric banding is promoted as a safe, easy and effective way for obese people to lose weight. CHOICE investigates the claims.
Body fat scales can be a better indicator of overall health than their conventional cousins. CHOICE weighs up the options.
10 Dec 2009 |
We tested 12 bathroom scales that measure body fat percentage as well as weight. But can they make you appear healthier than you really are?
A few CHOICE buys will give you an effective home gym that costs less than $100.
25 Nov 2009 |
Think you need lots of space and money to set up an effective home gym? CHOICE's shopping list of equipment comes in at about $100.
CHOICE investigates whether our national waistline can benefit from new research on the glycaemic index.
2 Jun 2009 |
Low-GI diets have been shown to help people with diabetes and pre-diabetes, but they may also help those who need to lose weight.
CHOICE compares the most popular dishes and provides healthier, cheaper alternatives.
21 May 2009 |
Although there’s nothing wrong with takeaways occasionally, many contain too much salt and saturated fat for regular eating.
CHOICE investigates why nut allergy rates are now soaring, and what you can do if you think you have an allergy.
24 Mar 2009 |
Australia has one of the highest allergy rates in the world, and the number of people affected is growing at an astonishing rate.
Yoghurt doesn’t have to be loaded with fat to taste deliciously creamy.
24 Jan 2009 |
Are those extra delicious premium brands just as healthy, or do they taste so good because they’re loaded with fat and sugar?
A growing number of pharmacies are getting into the weight-loss business, but how do these diet plans weigh up?
20 Jan 2009 |
Pharmacy diet plans may help to shed extra kilos quickly, but most fail to deal effectively with the complex broader issues around weight loss.
CHOICE’s expert dietitian puts our volunteers' diets to test. Find out how they measured up.
24 Jun 2008 |
The most common problems in our volunteers’ diets were too much salt and not enough calcium, fibre and water.
Which ones pose a health risk?
2 May 2008 |
We look at the latest research into additives that health questions have been raised about - and give CHOICE’s verdict on which ones you’d do best to avoid.
We run through the top five numbers and what you should be aiming for as a healthy adult.
28 Nov 2007 |
There are lots of numbers and measurements used to describe health. We explain what they all mean.
There’s a lot of misleading information about exercise — we take a look at fitness facts and fictions
2 Sep 2007 |
There are many myths about exercise — fictions which are endlessly perpetuated and validated through sheer repetition.
Can juice from 'super' fruits — goji, noni, mangosteen or açai — really cure cancer?
16 Aug 2007 |
Forget about an orange or apple — distrubtors say if you really want to keep the doctor away, you need to knock back a daily dose of "superfruit".
Some low-fat yoghurts have so much sugar they can be more fattening than full-fat.
15 May 2007 |
Lots of yoghurts with a 'lite' or 'low fat' claim contain so much sugar you’d be eating more kilojoules than in a full-fat yoghurt.
Will it really help you lose weight, or protect your teeth?
16 Mar 2007 |
If you drink diet cola our taste test suggests you might enjoy one of the cheaper brands as much as the heavily promoted big names.
CHOICE is concerned the weight loss drug is being sold inappropriately.
14 Feb 2007 |
The National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee has withdrawn permission for Xenical to be advertised directly to consumers. However, it did not change Xenical's status to a S3 'pharmacist only' drug.
Do you really need them?
1 Jul 2006 |
It’s likely only elite athletes really benefit from protein bars and drinks. For the rest of us, they’re just an additional source of kilojoules and little more than an expensive snack.
It's the health tonic of the moment, but where’s the evidence for its benefits?
23 May 2006 |
If you believe the hype, wheatgrass can nourish the blood and detoxify poisons, purify the liver, rebuild the bloodstream and more — all before breakfast.
Can losing weight be as easy as popping the latest pill?
5 Dec 2005 |
If you read the ads and are left with the impression that simply popping a few pills could be the answer to all your weight worries.
The facts on the most common nutritional deficiency in the world and what to do about it.
1 Nov 2005 |
Women of child-bearing age are most at risk of too little iron and there are different types of iron found in food and they are absorbed differently.
Been burning the candle at both ends?
5 Oct 2005 |
A week or two on a detox program won’t absolve you from a year of unhealthy eating, smoking or drinking too much alcohol.
Low-carb processed foods are no healthier than their conventional equivalents — but can cost a lot more.
22 Aug 2005 |
Low-carb versions of processed foods such as pasta certainly have less carbohydrate and usually fewer kilojoules — but are they’re a healthier option.
You could be taking away a lot more than you bargained for.
28 May 2005 |
A coffee-to-go can provide a much needed caffeine fix. While a standard latte or cappuccino may be relatively harmless, some coffee chain drinks can provide a lot more kilojoules, fat and sugar than you might realise.
Keep your bones strong - calcium is a must have.
28 Apr 2005 |
Up to early adulthood your body is building up the calcium in your bones. As you grow older, gradual calcium loss from your bones is inevitable - but there are things you can do to slow it down.
Do you really need to take one?
6 Jan 2005 |
Research shows that a balanced diet is still the best way to get your vitamins and minerals, and that diets high in whole grains, vegetables and fruit reduce the risk of cancers and other diseases.