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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 December 2014
SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER 2014 7 AUSTRALIA Mediterranean diet the healthy option Research suggests diet leads to greater health and wellbeing JOHN PYRROS Archbishop Stylianos supports organ donation The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) welcomed the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Australia's support for organ and tissue donation. Ms Yael Cass, chief execu- tive officer of the OTA, said that the authority is working closely with religious leaders in Australia to ensure that their communities can receive appropriate information about organ and tissue donation. "The OTA has collaborated with religious leaders in Australia through the 'DonateLife … the greatest gift' campaign to gain understanding of their position on organ and tissue donation, and to forge partnerships," said Ms Cass. "The majority of religions allow and even encourage organ and tissue donation as the ultimate act of generosity, so we urge those who observe a faith to seek guidance from their religious leaders on this matter." Archbishop Stylianos, the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, said: "The Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Australia support organ and tissue donation as a selfless act of giving." "Human life can be bettered through the humanitarian act of donation and transplantation while preserving the sanctity of life. We have the word of God as our guide and motto which says 'it is more blessed to give than to receive' (Acts 20:35)." Ms Cass said "I look forward to working closely with the Archdiocese, to inform priests across Australia about organ and tissue donation so that they can help guide their community on this issue". While one organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of ten or more people, less than one per cent of all deaths in hospital are in the specific circumstances where organ donation is possible. At any one time, 1,500 Australians are on official transplant waiting lists. Families need to discuss and know each other's decisions because in Australia the family of every potential donor is always asked to support the donation decision of the deceased before organ and tissue donation can proceed. Staff in hospitals will assist families of potential organ donors to contact a spiritual advisor if requested and will help accommodate end of life practices related to the donor's religion or culture. For more information visit www.donatelife.gov.au Information is available in a number of languages, as well as statements from several religions about their position on organ and tissue donation and transplantation. The Mediterranean diet, one of the most researched regimes in history, has again been found to be one of the most beneficial. La Trobe University's Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos, who specialises in dietetics and nutrition, told Neos Kosmos that greater benefits are continually being associated with the cuisine, predominately followed in countries like Greece, Italy and Spain. "Following a Mediterranean diet promotes longevity, reduces risks of heart disease, prevents diabetes and more recently there's evidence suggesting it prevents Alzheimer's, so neurodegenerative diseases." "It can also affect your mood, happiness, and also your cognitive functions, to think clearly. So the benefits are very widespread and there's evidence from around the world to support this." Comparatively, Dr Itsiopoulos said the Mediterranean diet's benefits far outweigh those of other popular dieting regimes. "The Paleo diet (for example) is based on a principle of a 'caveman', carnivore diet of mainly meat. There weren't many grains, and it dates back to pre-historic man, so I guess the translation of that into modern times has been quite varied. "If we reflect on caveman times, the life expectancy was not beyond 40-45 years. Whereas when we're looking at Mediterranean diets and studies, and particularly some of the areas of the Mediterranean which are part of the long-living populations, like the island of Ikaria and the island of Sardinia, we see quite a high proportion of people living over 95." Whilst the Paleo diet might reap greater short-term weight-loss results through its strict high protein, low carbohydrate agenda, the Mediterranean diet's ingredients, including legumes, greens and fish, is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities. Accordingly, studies published last year in Spain, through 7,500 participants, found those adhering to a traditional diet native to Greece, Italy and Spain had a 30 per cent reduced risk of dying within five years, which Dr Itsiopoulos said could be translated to the same increase in life expectancy. Greek salads form part of the Mediterranean diet. PHOTO: AP PHOTO/SUZANNE PLUNKETT. Paul Klisaris elected Monash mayor Paul Klisaris was elected (for a third time) as Monash mayor for the next 12 months. Paul was first elected to Monash Council in March 2000 and served as mayor in 2008 and 2009. For many years, Paul owned and operated a childcare centre in Monash. He began his career as a secondary college teacher. He has dedicated most of his adult life to educating and caring for children. One high point was working with migrant children from Sudan, teaching them to speak English and introducing them to Australian culture. As an experienced councillor in the City of Monash, Cr Klisaris believes in open and accountable government and would like to see a council that always embraces a communicative process with its residents. "I believe creativity, innovation and working in partnership must be the focus of local government," he says. "Our City's way of doing things must produce local solutions that preserve the unique character of our community." Cr Klisaris wants to further develop his involvement with community groups in order to be able to work closely with them to understand and seek mutually beneficial outcomes for their issues. He is particularly interested in assisting children and their representative groups A family photo of Monash mayor Paul Klisaris. achieve their full potential as members of the Monash community. Councillor Klisaris is 47 years old, is married and has three children. He holds a degree in Social Sciences and a Diploma of Education.
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