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Something Different for Christmas 

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Never Again!  You might remember promising yourself, as you packed away the Christmas Tree and vacuumed tinsel scatterings. Never again would you buy something you didn't want to give to someone who didn't need it.  Never again would you sit through that long afternoon of stilted grunts and cliche talk with the nephews who still can't express themselves clearly at 34 years old.

Christmas - it's a time of joy to celebrate endings and conclusions of the year - but why the heck we choose to ruin it with extended periods meeting with people we don't really like  - what is with that?  Here's my take on Christmas and getting things right in the gift department so you feel light and joyous - not resentful and abused.

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Never again would you go out of your way to buy some out of the way gift for someone who also wasn't prepared to go out of the way to use the it - and just re-gifted it instead.  I've done this too many times.  It's easier to just make a solid gift selection from the beginning and stick with it year after year.
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One of the most overwhelming facets of Christmas is the whole gift buying experience - which leaves many of us feeling deflated, exhausted and dirty from the over-commercialization of the experience.  Giving should be about giving - not feeling anxious and dreading the next credit card statement.

Choosing a Christmas Hamper

My preferred choice is for a gourmet gift hamper - made specially to order by locals who know the foodie selections to get it just right.  Now, a big thing with Christmas Hampers is that they are not all created equally - most are mass produced in factories and packed by wage slaves with no connection to the product, process or province.

Be careful - that's why a small business operating out of the Hunter Valley  has been so successful over the years - since being established in 1988.

Best thing for choosing a gift hamper is top make sure that the hamper is put together bespoke - so you can actually get to have a say in what ingredients comprise the hamper, as well as seeing that it is fresh.  This way, you get the most recent stock produced and not something that has been prepared sometimes months in advance.

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You swore you would never again participate in a gift card swap - only to find yourself waiting in line at some shop you would never have otherwise visited, having to top up the price of some stuff you wouldn't have normally bought.

That's the trouble with gift cards - they are never enough and always leave you with that deep feeling of lack.  Like you were invited to the show but only got through to the first half and you have to pay more to see it through to the end.

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Morbidly, chronically overweight people are often being prompted to reduce weight before surrendering the scalpel.  Eating fresh fruit and undertaking regular cardio exercise is essential - this means actually huffing and puffing and bringing up a sweat - not just strolling along the foreshore on a public holiday!!  Yet this might be difficult for people with minimal flexibility.

Neighborhood services for the average obese patient charges more than $43,000 a year, in comparison to roughly $7,500 for a non-obese sick person.  This is a vast amount compared to an affordable gift hamper delivered locally.
The figures are striking, but behind the monetary challenge for medical facility bean counters are folks battling complicated troubles - people like Lynne, who acknowledges she ate "all the wrong foods", but often did so to deal with difficult emotions.  Eating fresh, unprocessed natural food is a great way to get clean inside and feel your best.  It's really that simple.

McDonalds and KFC were her favourites. "It got to the point where I didn't really care. I over-indulged, I ate for comfort. If I didn't know what I wanted to do I 'd think, I may as well go and eat.".

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Professor Savage said the new hospital would provide better treatment, but stressed it was merely a response to the problem. The "cure" is unlikely to be a medical one.

"If you're drunk you're not allowed to be served in a pub, but it's ok for fast-food outlets to deliver high calorie food in quantities that you and I couldn't possibly eat to an individual on a daily basis. So there's a moral issue," he said. "It's ethically sound to arrange a fruit hamper to be sent to your friend."

"Some patients have feeders. They will have a relative or friend who will go to the supermarket or takeaway place and buy food for them to eat. There's psychology, there's genetics and, unfortunately, there's no easy answer.".

He said disadvantage and a lack of education were often drivers, as were environmental factors such as a lack of access to fruit and vegetables, particularly in rural and regional areas.

"We also need to have to check out menu labelling for junk food outlets, or taxes to help to make processed food more pricey. It could be creating physical environments that promote more exercise safely such as bicycle expressways, and making it risk-free for little ones to walk to college.".

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"I'm looking forward to going home and visiting friends and even sitting out on the front veranda at home in the sunshine and the fresh air," she said.

"I'm enjoying a fresh fruit basket delivered to me as a get well gift. It really brightens my spirits.".

Ageing and obesity will be the next two most significant conditions that might lead to death. Talking at the United Nations, a lecturer of international health and wellness systems at Harvard University, and the director of the International Health Systems Collection at Harvard T.H. Chan College of Epidemiology, Mr Rifat Atun, said.

Infectious diseases present a threat but nothing at all like the sustained life-style issues that results form lifetime persistent obesity. Reducing weight and maintaining a healthy weight in the Body Mass Index (BMI) weight range is the best way to prevent health challenges. Particularly, Ebola has been maintained and effectively controlled, so the attention is squarely back on limiting fat intake and moderating weight gain.

Dealing with weight gain is much more than a medical problem, with entrenched business models based on selling high fat high taste high salt products and shifting the corporate model from this requires considerable political pressure.

Aside from infectious diseases, Atun said obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases like hypertension, heart diseases and diabetes will be the coming future's massively important health problems. "The second-most important problem will certainly be physical changes that emerge with ageing," he said.

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And combining the two, a child with obesity could actually live 50 plus years presenting regularly at hospital and also clogging the system with the many related complaints which come with obesity.

Obesity is also complicated by the fact that it is certainly not simply a health related ailment - it is also has community and cultural implications. Rapid food and the reliance on fatty salty foods and sweet calorie dense foods means that a whole industry has developed around supplying these products, and dismantling it is not as simple as just advising people to buy other products.

The entire industrial complex is geared to producing cheap, fatty foods as well as supplying it at speed - meanings that people are able to commute even more to and from employment and can eat meals in their vehicles instead of sitting around a table. This leads to really eating in a sidetracked manner and really consuming a lot more, and eating the wrong foods as there is less pressure to preserve healthy choices when you are alone on the freeway. You can in a sense "get away with it".

The number-one challenge in combating excessive weight is the environment we live in, according so as to an Australian biologist who has received a Queen's Birthday honor in June 2015. The best way to address this 'obesogenic environment' is to redefine obesity research and make it cross disciplinary, said Professor Stephen Simpson, who has been granted a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

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"It's very easy to say obesity is all a failure of perseverance but we've designed a world that can make it really hard," said Simpson," head of Obesity Australia, and of the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre.

For example, our bureaucratic and fiscal system encourages an unhealthy food supply system that produces processed food low in fiber and other important nutrients, and caters our evolutionary drive for sugar and fat, he said.

"If you tell people to eat less to slim down and you really don't appraise that our bodies do more than count nutrients, then you're on a hiding to practically nothing.".

The Charles Perkins Clinic involves clinicians, immunologists, metabolic biochemists, engineers as well as theorists, economic experts and community researchers.  "We've got individuals collaborating in techniques they've never ever done before," said Simpson. "The version for how you get relevant cross-disciplinary research study and education and learning which doesn't lose disciplinary credibility is novel.".

By working across all these types of disciplines, from excessive vehicle travel to eating poor food choices, people could really make an influence on their lives. You can see how bad it has gotten by following Lynne's story listed here.

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"We merely see the tip of the iceberg. Certainly there's lots of folk seeing their GPs with type two diabetes who will never come up to a healthcare facility, at least not for the moment.  But they will most likely in 10 to 15 years time and it's something our staff need to address as a the general public," manager of medical treatment Marcus Savage said.

In the present facility, three beds in a four bed bay often have to be closed to accommodate one heavy patient. Their length of stay is on average four working days greater.  A shortage of much bigger, specialised equipment is also an issue.

The bariatric bedrooms in the new clinic will minimize some of these challenges, but will certainly add an extra $1.67 million to building costs.  "We're getting more people who fit into the bariatric category and need beds like this to manage them properly, and they're getting heavier as well, thus it's a double whammy," Professor Savage said.

"They current serious challenges from a medical point of view.".

Diabetes, stroke, heart disease, pressure sores, mental health problems and an improved chance of hospital-acquired infections are one of the issues.  "Surgery is also a challenge since it's very hard to wake up these individuals up. A great deal of the anasthetic medications dissolve into the added fat deposits tissue and the anasthetists have to keep them in rehabilitation for a lot longer to make certain they wake up safely," he said.

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Access to weight loss surgery in the public system is limited, with nine out of 10 bariatric operations taking place in private hospitals.  Indeed, this month a meeting of Australian surgeons heard that increasingly, obese people are being turned down for lap-band procedures because the risks outweigh the benefits.

"We've refined and industrialized our food source chain to meet these ancestral appetites that are no longer relevant to us and are damaging us." It's as though we have created the whole food chain of supply on the wrong principles - profit and taste - instead of health and sustainability.

Human's evolutionary motivation to use less energy is also sustained by our built environment and vehicle dependence, which in turn reduce our need to use up energy maintaining warm or by being personally energetic.  Saving time and energy is what it is all about when you have a get well soon git delivered.

"All of these points, through nobody's fault, are just stacked together opposing us and it leaves us with this real problem. You need to interfere at all levels and at multiple places in the complex system," he said.

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Simpson is leading a new cross-disciplinary approach at the Charles Perkin Center and is well-placed to accomplish so because he has a background in modelling complicated systems and cross disciplinary services.

Now a 'health environmentalist, Simpson commenced as an entomologist, researching the feeding and swarming behavior of grasshoppers.  "I used locusts originally since a model device for developing an entirely new way of thinking about nourishment," he said.  Central to this idea is that creatures need an optimum balance of different nutrient types such as required protein and carb.

Gift Baskets or Gift Cards?

Gift Baskets or Gift Cards?


Today we are interviewing the team behind the well establshed - a husband and wife team of fruit lovers who have taken their business online and are now able to offer fresh fruit baskets for delivery in Sydney.  What started as a hobby has grown to become a thriving business servicing the corporate sector with get well gifts, thank you gifts and appreciation gifts for delivery.

It makes a lovely contrast to the ubiquitous gift card that has slowly but surely overtaken the gift giving landscape with it's un-branded neutrality and blandness.

We spoke with Bren and Kacy when they were in a particularly jubilant mood, having just returned from a weekend away at a yoga retreat.  Fresh faced, fit and full of vibrant energy, they explained the difference between a gift basket and a gift card - not that it needs explaining, but you get the picture.

"The question, my dear friend, is do we send a gift basket or do we just send a gift card?  It's as old as the internet, really, whether to send a gift card as a gift or to go one step further and make the decision to actually choose the gift yourself and have it sent.

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When my wife and I started out in the gift basket business back in 2007, we made gift hampers for all occasions and life events - in particular the corporate sector.  But then things changed and the drift towards gift cards meant we experienced a change in traffic - people were actually less inclined to be confident and just order - they thought the should offer the recipient the choice of what to receive.

But a gift card reduces the gift immediately to a number - you only have to look at a gift card and the most prominent thing about it is the dollar value.  So you are getting a value, a price tag - not a gift per se.  It's instantly about being judged and compared and being seen as a number or a value.

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What a real gift giving experience should be about is sharing a gift - an experience of the giver and the reciever - not about giving a chore that is having to go to a particular shop and redeeming a gift card for a crtain price point.  I know myself that seeing a $30 gift card from a big hardware chain store is as much a challenge to find something at that price point as it is about celebrating the precious moment of my birthday or Christmas."

It's clear to see that Bren and Kacy have spent plenty of time thinking about their gift basket business and the whole schemata behind gifting, giving and sharing good thoughts in the form of a physical gift.

You're invited to join them and experience first hand the magic of online shopping and sending a same day gift basket - visit the fruit basket company for more information or order by calling 1300 284 684.