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Hello friend,

Next Meeting: Tuesday; 15th May, 2018


This Week's Guests:   Lionel Katz 

Topic:            Footy Umpiring in the AFL amateur league


Chairman:     Jack Dimand

 at 6:30pm at German Club Tivoli, 291 Dandenong Road, Windsor  

Admission $30 inc Dinner or $10 attendance only. Drinks are available at bar prices.


Last Week:         Paul Rake – Rotary Club of Chadstone/East Malvern &  John Nurse - BFT

In 1975, the radical Khmer Rouge devastated Cambodia. Even today, its aftermath like land mines in rural areas still affects the people.

The BTF (Building your Future Today) Centre aims to empower the Cambodian people with the right intellectual and economic tools to attain self-sufficiency. BFT believe that education is key to developing economic stability and personal well-being along with peace for the individual family, and hence the whole of Cambodian society. BTF are highly committed to providing the opportunity for people, especially children who have been living through hardship and poverty, with effective solutions to improve their lives.

The Rotary Club of Chadstone has instigated several projects in conjuction with BTF suitable for various volunteers. The projects include “hands on” working holidays to assist in the projects; tourist holidays to visit the country and villages and see the results of the hard work of volunteers from all over the world; and even Student trips – a better way to celebrate schoolies.

If you find this interesting and would like for more information


  Need a little sparkle in your day.  Check out our Jewellery Party

Jewellery Party
May 26, 2018, 2:00 pm to May 26, 2018, 4:00 pm

A beautiful collection of jewellery will be for sale by Fifth Avenue Jewellery.  This is a great opportunity to update your accessories for the next season or add some bling to your favourite scarf this winter.   Let me know if you would like to come along.




We are welcoming the new year with a new President.

Club Changeover
June 26, 2018, 6:15 pm to June 26, 2018, 8:00 pm

Today we welcome our new Club President,  Alan Samuel OAM JP.




  Not getting enough sleep? 

It may be influencing how you eat.


 An overwhelming amount of evidence supports diet as an integral factor   for determining health and wellbeing. Research now recognises diet as highly influential on mood and behaviour, as well as mental illnesses such as depression. In fact, evidence supports a healthy diet for reducing the odds and risk of depression, as well as dietary change as a potential preventative and therapeutic strategy.

However, whilst the answer appears simple – let’s all just eat healthy! – an overwhelmingly large number of people continue to eat energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods, consume excessive quantities of sugar-sweetened beverages, and over-indulge on snack foods. So, if we know the answer, why aren’t we changing our behaviours to prevent ill-health? Well, unfortunately as humans we are in fact MORE than what we eat, with a myriad of factors influencing what, when, where and how we eat. Therefore, when looking to assist people with dietary change, these factors cannot be overlooked, and also need to be modified to ensure dietary change can and will be maintained.

One of these factors is sleep, an essential part of life that we often take for granted, and who’s influence on health is often greatly over-looked. For example, people who experience regular disruptions to their sleep cycles or body clocks (circadian rhythm), such as chronic shift workers, are at an increased risk of developing pathological conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease, and are more prone to infection. But what does sleep have to do with what we eat?

Research has found inadequate sleep to be associated with increased caloric consumption, poor dietary habits and obesity, as well as an increased amount of snacking. Inadequate sleep has also been associated with the consumption of more meals per day, and that the associated excess energy intake was more likely driven by eating for pleasure, rather than the need for energy. In particular, associations between sleep and diet have been found in children and adolescents. Interestingly, research also suggests that the association between sleep and diet is bidirectional, with the foods we ingest influencing how we sleep.

But, just like the answer to improving health by improving diet appears simple, improving sleep quality and duration comes with its own challenges. Inadequate sleep can largely be attributed to the increased usage of electronic devices in all age groups, particularly among adolescents, with 70% of Australian adolescents reported to have at least TWO electronic devices in their bedroom at night. Staring at stimulating screens, such as scrolling through social media, video gaming or watching Netflix, can affect sleep in a negative way, causing people to go to bed later, take longer to fall asleep, experience sleep disturbances and have less sleep overall. Furthermore, shorter sleep duration and sleeping difficulties associated with the use of electronic devices in bed before sleep have been associated with depressive symptoms.

So, what does this tell us? When looking at dietary research, sleep is an extremely important factor that should be taken into account in almost all diet-related studies. When educating the community, in particular young people, about the importance of nutrition and health, the influence of adequate, restful sleep on dietary patterns, and the importance of healthy media and device usage, should be integrated into the discussion. By looking at the entire picture, and addressing all aspects of health and lifestyle, researchers are more likely to assist people to make effective, long-term dietary changes to improve health and wellbeing.

Amelia McGuinness is an Australian Rotary Health Scholarship Holder and PhD candidate with the Food and Mood Centre leading the MICRO’SCOPE project.


        That's all for this week.   See you Tuesday.


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