4 ways to stay fit and healthy using private health insurance


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25 January 2021

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For many of us, keeping fit and healthy is both a high priority and a highlight in our lives.

We all have different ways of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but how does private health insurance fit in with your fitness?

Here are four ways HBF can support your healthy lifestyle that you might not have known about:

1. Seeing a Dietitian or Nutritionist

Dietitians and nutritionists help people to understand the relationship between the food they eat and their health. These health professionals are trained to consider your short and long term eating patterns and share advice and knowledge about food choices to help support your health.

Consultations with registered nutritionists and dietitians are available to HBF health members with eligible Extras cover and are a great option for anyone seeking information relating to their diet.

There are differences in the scope of practice between dietitians and nutritionists. If you have any existing health conditions, seeing a dietitian would likely be most appropriate.

If you have any family history of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, if your body weight is outside a healthy range, or if you have digestive problems, then seeing a dietitian might be worth considering.

2. Joining a weight loss program

Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and wellbeing.

That’s why HBF members with Extras cover have access to wellbeing-focused Healthy Living programs that can assist with things like weight management and healthy eating.

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Premium program is an all-online weight loss program backed by science and fuelled by 1000s of healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes. There’s a huge hub of support including two sessions with an accredited dietician plus progress tracking and exercise plans.

3. Have you heard of an Exercise Physiologist?

When it comes to managing injuries, weight, and chronic health conditions the prescription of exercise is best directed by an Exercise Physiologist.

By using evidence-based movement and exercise intervention, an Exercise Physiologist can design and deliver safe and effective exercise routines – making exercise your medicine.

Consultations with Exercise Physiologists are available to HBF health members with eligible extras cover and are a valuable health asset when managing injury or chronic health conditions.

4. Saving on gym fees and fitness apparel

Love a session at the gym? You’re doing your health a favour.

Regular exercise is a proven way to help manage or even prevent some health conditions1.

Good news: HBF health members can get discounts and special deals on gym memberships and fitness apparel (among other things).

You’ll never regret looking after your health

Whether you feel like you’ve already got your physical health and wellbeing under control or you think you might need a little help here and there, private health cover can provide some close-to-home, convenient ways to help support you to be the healthiest you possible.

Extras explained – how much do I get back?

Certainty feels good, that’s why we’ve created a line-up of extras options that give you a guaranteed % back^ on your visits to popular services like Physio, Chiro, and Dental.

Explore HBF Extras

Disclaimer: This article contains general information only and does not take into account the health, personal situation or needs of any person. In conjunction with your GP or treating health care professional, please consider whether the information is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.

^Annual limits and waiting periods apply. Percentage back benefits are payable for services, programs and providers approved by HBF, when provider charges in accordance with the Member Plus schedule fee. Excludes Basic Extras and closed products.

1 Department of Health - Physical activity and exercise guidelines for all Australians (2021)