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Jo Hartley

Freelance writer for Open Colleges

Jo Hartley is a freelance writer for Open Colleges, one of Australia’s leading online education providers. She is currently residing in Newcastle, Australia with her husband, two sons, dog and cat. Jo is a regular contributor to Fairfax’s Essential Baby and Essential Kids sites. Her work has also been featured in SMH Life & Style, SMH Daily Life, Sunday Life, Body + Soul, Practical Parenting, MiNDFOOD and many more. When Jo is not writing she can be found eating ice-cream straight from the tub and pondering her next weight loss journey.
Why Child's Play Is Good For

Why Child's Play Is Good For Adults

In today’s busy and technologically driven society, it can be hard to unwind and relax. Yet, the continuing popularity of adult coloring books has shown that by doing something traditionally associated with children, we can truly switch off.
27/09/2016 12:51 PM AEST
The Five Most Common Exercise

The Five Most Common Exercise Mistakes

Exercise, in some form or another, should be a part of our day-to-day lives. But, with so many apps and internet programmes available, we don’t always seek out professional guidance or advice and that’s when mistakes can happen.
25/08/2016 11:27 AM AEST
Fad Diets Do A Fat Lot Of

Fad Diets Do A Fat Lot Of Good

Every few weeks a new fad diet or health craze fills our news feeds with promises of making us slimmer, healthier and better than ever before. Good health is priceless, but in our ongoing quest for it, are we potentially doing our bodies more harm than good?
28/06/2016 5:40 AM AEST
How To Quit Sugar

How To Quit Sugar Slowly

With all the recent press around sugar and the negative impact it poses to our health, it's hard to ignore the reality that too much cake is no longer so sweet. But trying to cut down or quit cold turkey is challenging. So are there ways we can slowly wean ourselves off sugar?
07/04/2016 6:25 AM AEST