Nhulunbuy, Australia

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Prince Charles wears a feather headband known as a mulka for a traditional welcome ceremony during a visit to Mount Nhulun.

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Like a dream!

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Are you a nature lover? Bring out your own personality and choose your own wedding décor. A table runner table with pretty flowers hanging and gorgeous chandeliers is ideal for an outdoor setting. The elegance, the minimalistic charm, and the foliage decor are beyond stunning. It would be perfect for a beach dinner or lunch post or pre-wedding.

Broccoli can prevent hardening of neck arteries

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Eating cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and sprouts three or more times per day can prevent hardening of neck arteries in elderly women and also decrease the risk of heart diseases, a study has found.

Researchers observed a 0.05 millimetre lower carotid artery wall thickness between high and low intakes of total vegetables.

“That is likely significant because a 0.1-millimeter decrease in carotid wall thickness is associated with a 10 per cent to 18 per cent decrease in risk of stroke and heart attack,” said lead author Lauren Blekkenhorst, from the University of Western Australia.

In addition, each 10 grams per day higher in cruciferous vegetable intake was associated with 0.8 per cent lower average carotid artery wall thickness.

“After adjusting for lifestyle, cardiovascular disease risk factors (including medication use) as well as other vegetable types and dietary factors, our results continued to show a protective association between cruciferous vegetables and carotid artery wall thickness.”

For the study, detailed in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the team distributed food frequency questionnaires to 954 Australian women aged 70 and older.

The women noted their vegetable intake in a range from “never eating vegetables” to “three or more times per day”.

Vegetable types included cruciferous, allium (for example, onions, garlic, leeks and shallots), yellow/orange/red, leafy green and legumes.

Sonograms were used to measure carotid artery wall thickness and entire carotid trees were examined to determine carotid plaque severity.

However, due to the observational nature of this study a causal relationship cannot be established.

“Still, dietary guidelines should highlight the importance of increasing consumption of cruciferous vegetables for protection from vascular disease,” Blekkenhorst said.

Exercise make you a joyful person

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Brisk walking, gardening or weightlifting help you lose weight. But did you know that exercise can also make you a joyful person?

According to a new study, the frequency and volume of physical activities undertaken may actually boost your level of happiness.

The team of researchers noted that the youth who engaged in physical activity once a week compared to none had 1.4 times the odds of being happy if they were normal weight, and 1.5 times the odds if overweight.

Physical exercises also increased positive mental health in the same way as it cured negative mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

“Our findings suggest the physical activity frequency and volume are essential factors in the relationship between physical activity and happiness,” said Weiyun Chen, associate professor at the University of Michigan.

“More importantly, even a small change of physical activity makes a difference in happiness,” Chen added, in a paper published in the Journal of Happiness Studies.

The meta-analysis of 15 observational studies revealed that, compared to inactive people, the odds ratio of being happy was 20, 29 and 52 per cent higher for people who were insufficiently active, sufficiently active, or very active, respectively.

In children and adolescents with cerebral palsy, physical activity predicted happiness level, and among drug abusers, the number of weekly exercise sessions, regardless of intensity, was slightly associated with happiness.

They also found an association between happiness and physical activities in older adults.

In addition, meeting the weekly target of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity was significantly associated with higher happiness level among ovarian cancer survivors, the researchers said.