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Best of Canberra – Bootcamps

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m happy to say that I can raise my arms well enough to be able to punch out this article. My arms, core and legs have certainly let me know they are sore after my efforts this week but in a good way.
The call out for the best bootcamp in Canberra brought in quite [...]

Ask RiotACT: Orthodontist and Jaw Surgery Recommendation?

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I have a terrible experience with my previous orthodontist ten years ago.
Finally, courage comes to me and I am ready for treatments of my jaw misalignment again. Can anyone share your experience or recommend a orthodontist + jaw surgeon to me? Also, which private health insurer would you recommend for such treatment?
Many thanks and nice day!

Our first look – Youfoodz Canberra

By 21 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For those who don’t have the time or patience to prepare fresh meals every day, and those who prefer to avoid frozen meals, Youfoodz may be just what you need. Youfoodz chefs prepare healthy, fresh, convenient meals cooked in Queensland and delivered to Canberra every week. Whilst this seems like a long way for fresh [...]

The fascination of the Capital Region Farmers Market

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It has now become a habit for thousands of Canberrans to jump into their cars on Saturday morning and to drive to North Canberra and to make their way to a very special local retail event. According to those who run this market, the Rotary Club of Hall, about 6,000 people show up each [...]

Blissful organic massage lives up to promise

By 1 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When a friend described her massage with Deanne Kalda of maa organics as ‘a bit special’, I thought she was exaggerating. Only, she’s not prone to doing so. I thought it would be a good idea to try out this special massage for myself, followed by a 30 minute facial for extra indulgence.
I turned up [...]

New trails open at the National Arboretum

By 12 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The National Arboretum has a new attraction for visitors with a series of recreational trails opening earlier this month.
The new trails extend throughout the arboretum grounds spanning out from the Village Centre and are perfect for a weekend or after work walk.

The arboretum features more than 44,000 trees from across Australia and the world, with some of [...]

Ask RiotACT: Another gym question

By 4 November 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

After 12 months of crossfit, which I loved, it is time to try something a bit cheaper.  I am after a gym at which I can see a trainer maybe once a fortnight (once I get in to the swing of the gym) but who will give me a program to use in between times.  I [...]

Best of Canberra yoga-off: Yoga Classes

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When the call went out last week for the best yoga classes, some readers suggested the best way to do yoga was self-practice. I can appreciate that yoga classes are expensive and it’s not always easy to attend classes at the time they are scheduled, but unfortunately I don’t have the discipline to be at [...]

Best of Canberra – Yoga classes

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I like to keep active and busy. The idea of having to sit still and calmly for a yoga class and doing stretches that I had limited flexibility for, was torture to me not long ago. Funnily enough, doing yoga has taught me to be more patient and I have really come to really enjoy [...]

Best of Canberra swing-off: Golf driving ranges

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The thought of a having to play a whole game of golf is absolute agony to me. Attending a driving range is much more appealing.
When the call went out last week, a few suggestions came through to simply visit the local oval and have a hit. However, not having my own clubs nor the desire [...]

Best of Canberra: Golf driving ranges

By 14 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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We know all there is to know about golf. We have watched Happy Gilmore. Just tap it in right? Just taaaaaaap it in. Oh, and there was that work Christmas party at a driving range one time – that was fun.
Turns out, it is time to get a bit more into it. Or for those [...]

Best of Canberra ­­– river and lake swims

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Until now, the RiotACT’s Best of Canberra has been limited to food-related experiences, but with a new editorial team on deck, we thought it was time to give the series a bit of a shake up. There is more to life than food, after all.
First up, then, to coincide with this balmy weather and today’s [...]

Take a hike: Nil Desperandum Homestead

By 5 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In an attempt to get through most of the hikes within the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, I recently set out to do the Nil Desperandum hike with my friend Jarryd.
I started the hike from the Dalsetta carpark, which is located on the right not far inside the national park.
From the carpark, it’s a five kilometre track [...]

ACT Education failing autistic students

By 27 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Commonwealth Government has just released its final report on Evaluation of the More Support for Students with Disabilities Initiative 2012-2014. Sadly, the report shows that compared to most other states and territories, the ACT did very little to improve education outcomes for autistic students.
The number of Australian children formally diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [...]

Mind Body Business: Innovation and Wellness Night

By 10 September 2015
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[ 16 September 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Struggling to get the most out of your business? Want to activate your inner potential but feel stressed and overwhelmed?

What if you could learn simple techniques that could immediately help transform your work life and help you achieve greater balance and health?

Introducing Canberra’s first ‘Innovation and Wellness’ night! This event aims to provide business professionals [...]

Junk food vending machines in Canberra hospitals – why?

By 8 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Vending machines are everywhere these days. Most often, they sell soft drink and a couple of bottled water options. Otherwise, they’re filled with high fat, high sugar snacks (though I’ve seen thong vending machines around the place too).
Last year the ACT Government moved to ban vending machines in ACT public schools as part of its crackdown on [...]

The skinny on fat – we’re the biggest losers

By 17 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In Canberra, just over 50 per cent of us are overweight and 20 per cent of us are obese. The prevalence of obesity is now so high that the ACT Government has set up an obesity management service for very obese people.
We all know the potential consequences of being obese, including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and heart [...]

Having a baby in Canberra – is private really better?

By 15 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

I’m pregnant and would appreciate advice on whether to go private or public for antenatal care and delivery in Canberra.
I have an existing medical condition so I would definitely request a caesarean. Would this be guaranteed in a public hospital? Could I choose this from the first trimester and would an obstetrician be available on [...]

Food forests, olive oil and ginger beer workshops this August

By 31 July 2015
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The Canberra Environment Centre has launched a new set of workshops as part of the Sustainability Workshop Series.
Workshops are refreshingly relevant to the evolving Canberra ‘scene’; markets, fresh food and a good drop.
Topics include growing a food forest (4th August), making olive oil (a talk, 18 August), and making ginger beer with Garry Sully from [...]

Best place for massage/acupuncture in Canberra?

By 10 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m rather new to Canberra and have a chronic condition that requires massage and acupuncture when it flares up.
I’ve been looking for someone who does both, but there seem to be a lot of options.  I’d like something central to the city if possible, but I could always bus to a great place if it’s [...]

Research participants wanted to investigate link between bodily sensations and anxiety

By 9 July 2015

I’m an honours student at the Australian National University and I would like to invite you to participate in an online questionnaire study investigating whether an awareness of bodily sensations and how they are interpreted by a person can explain their feelings of anxiety.
We are also examining the role of mindfulness in reducing people’s feelings [...]

Why the ACT is stuck in a supermarket time warp

By 24 June 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A few years ago the ACT Government had a bright idea to confront the problem of the power of the supermarket giants. It introduced a policy to encourage more competition to the usual two or three. It didn’t deliver.
While much was made of this policy when the government’s bureaucracy was developing their so-called master plan [...]

How can we help tackle loneliness in Canberra?

By 22 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Nearly one in ten Canberrans feel lonely right now. Are you one of them?
If you’re not lonely at this very moment, there’s a three in ten chance that you’ll feel lonely at some point over the next decade.
Loneliness is defined as when a person feels the interpersonal relationships they want are different from the relationships they think [...]

Mental health study examining sleeping habits – participants wanted

By 9 June 2015

I’m conducting an online study that examines how body weight, eating habits and physical activity can impact sleep.
So I’m looking for Australian residents age 18 years and older to take my quick 20-minute survey. If you are not convinced, all participants go in the draw to win one of three $100 Coles vouchers!
If you are [...]

An exclusive look at Next Gen, Lyneham

By 4 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I am a gym junkie. You could even call me a gym-tart because I’ll workout anywhere. So, it probably doesn’t surprise you that I leapt at the chance to check out the new Next Gen Health and Lifestyle Club that has totally revamped a large chunk of Lyneham.
I felt special to be one of the [...]

Why travel when you can have a Canberra staycation?

By 21 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My husband and I date every Wednesday. It’s my hot tip for staying happily married and it is probably the reason why we have so many kids (we have four).
Four isn’t an amazing amount of children. I have many friends with four or more, but it is at that “professional breeding” level where strangers look twice [...]

Free Mother’s Day festival in the City this Sunday!

By 9 May 2015
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If a day of free beauty pampering, gourmet food tasting, live music, dance and cycling events plus entertainment for the kids sounds good, then we have a great event for you!
This Mother’s Day, Bunda Street is hosting a free event for the community!
Event: Mother’s Day on the shareway
Where: Bunda Street, from Genge Street  to Akuna [...]

Local leaders – Caitlan Hatley (The Kai Hatley Foundation)

By 22 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra mum Caitlan Hatley has started a foundation to help find a treatment for her seriously ill son, Kai.
Four-year-old Kai was diagnosed with rare genetic disorder Mecp2 duplication syndrome in 2010. The syndrome causes intellectual impairment, neurological regression, seizures, low muscle tone and recurrent respiratory infections, and around half of those diagnosed will not live [...]

Women’s self defence classes in Canberra?

By 15 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am interested in doing some self defence classes. Mainly just to feel confident to be able to get myself out of a bad situation if I ever needed to.
Does anyone have any feedback on Krav maga in Canberra? Places you would recommend? Good instructors?
I am also open to other types of self defence for [...]

Winter workshops: Cheese making, bread baking, growing bushfoods and more

By 10 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Canberra Environment Centre has released its new batch of workshops scheduled to run over the next few months. Workshops are held almost every Tuesday and Saturday with making blue vein cheese next up this Saturday 11 April.
Other topics cover a wide range of skills including cooking from scratch and sustainable home design. Old favourites [...]

Addictive prescription drug use in Canberra

By 31 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Every day, general practitioners in Canberra are confronted with patients asking, often pleading, for drugs of addiction.
The two most sought-after drugs of addiction are those belonging to the opioid family and those belonging to the group of medications called benzodiazepines. Both drugs have a high potential for abuse and are highly addictive, and abrupt cessation [...]

Free outdoor community fitness sessions in April

By 30 March 2015

[ 1 April 2015 at 1:00 pm; 11 April 2015 at 10:00 am; 15 April 2015 at 5:00 pm; 18 April 2015 at 10:00 am; ] Take your workout outdoors this Wednesday, 1 April 2015, and come along to a free outdoor lunchtime fitness session at the Deakin fitness station from 1 pm (adjacent to the intersection of Denison Street and Thesiger Court).

Local fitness trainer Lee Campbell will show you how to get a full body workout using the equipment at [...]

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