The Health Benefits of Pets

September 6th, 2016
Pets provide more than just love and cuddles, they can actually make you physically and mentally healthier. There are a number of proven health benefits for people with pets, including physical, mental, and emotional improvements. From enhancing your social skills and helping you relax through to increasing your fitness, pet ownership can be even more important than gym membership when it comes to overall health. Whether you're a dog person, a cat person, or a turtle person - having a pet in your life really can help to keep the doctor away.

Pet ownership provides a range of physical health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health and increased physical activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted heart-related studies on people with pets, with findings showing that pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and reduced triglyceride levels - all of which can minimise the risk of heart attack. While some of these benefits are related to increased physical activity, pets are also known to reduce an [...]

Strange Cosmic Facts

August 30th, 2016
The Universe is a strange and amazing place, as old as time itself with a scale that stretches beyond belief. Whenever you're feeling stressed or down, like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, it's important to look up and remember just how big and mind-boggling the cosmos really is. Let's take a look at some of the strangest facts about the Universe to help you put things in perspective.

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Meet Zenbo the Household Robot

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History of the Olympics

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First Home Buyers Continue to Struggle

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Creating Quiet Places at Home

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The Wonders of Fruit & Veg

July 18th, 2016

Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of any healthy diet. Not only do they add taste, colour, and texture to our food, fruit and veg also provides us with the vitamins, nutrients, and fibre we need to help manage our weight and stay healthy. Eating plenty of produce has also been shown to increase energy levels and decrease the […]