Time to ditch the old fashioned kiwi bloke mentality

Canterbury men are being asked to ditch the stereotypes and just be themselves, as part of the latest campaign by All Right? All Right? mental health promoter Ciaran Fox says the campaign is needed because many blokes still believe that to be a man they need to live up to the Kiwi bloke stereotype. “It’s […]

Know the signs of stroke: Think FAST

Around 24 New Zealanders have a stroke each day – about six of those are aged under 65. A stroke will strike suddenly. Damage will move through the brain fast. But you can help if you know the signs to look for, and think and act fast. FACE – Is their face drooping on one […]

Throw of the dice favours wellbeing

Roll for a feel-good suggestion, such as enjoying the outdoors or making community connections. Downtime dice are a new well-being tool from All Right? that encourages Cantabrians to enjoy some “guilt-free downtime”. Free downtime dice were available for a limited time only. You can now only purchase a dice for $10 each. All Right? manager Sue Turner underlines […]

Influenza: Don’t get it, don’t give it

Around one in four New Zealanders are infected with influenza or ‘flu’ each year. Influenza can be anywhere, and is highly contagious. Influenza is more than just a ‘bad cold’ – it is a serious illness that can put anyone in hospital or even kill them, including young and healthy people. Symptoms of influenza include […]

Fight the Bite: New campaign to fight mosquito-borne diseases

Fight the bite – day and night. That’s the message the Ministry of Health is promoting to raise more awareness of the diseases mosquitoes in some countries can carry. The new social media and online campaign has been prompted by recent outbreaks of dengue in parts of the Pacific and an increased number of dengue cases recorded […]

Check for health warnings before going near waterways

Recreational water users are being reminded to avoid contact with some Canterbury and South Canterbury waterways. Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Ramon Pink says health warnings remain in place where there’s potentially toxic algae (cyanobacteria) in a number of areas around the regions. “Make sure you check the health warnings for toxic algae before going near […]

Kindness outbreak encouraged in Canterbury

Cantabrians are being encouraged to draw on their biggest strength to create an epidemic of kindness this Christmas. The All Right? team have created 24 compliment cards that can be shared as gifs in an online advent calendar or passed on as cards. All Right? manager Sue Turner says the compliments are free, easy to give, […]

Health risks of nitrates in drinking water

Nitrate (NO3) is a compound that is formed when nitrogen combines with oxygen. Sometimes high amounts of nitrate get into drinking water. Typical sources of nitrate include: fertilisers, animal wastes, particularly in areas of intensified farming, unreticulated sewage disposal systems, and industrial and food processing waste. Nitrate is highly soluble in water, making it readily transported through […]

Sparklers: Helping tamariki live brighter

Canterbury’s had more than its fair share of challenges. The impact has also been felt strongly for many young Cantabrians who have lived through the quakes. The Canterbury DHB’s School-Based Mental Health Team (SBMHT) and the Health Promoting Schools staff from Community and Public Health were often being asked for tools to help schools support the […]

Canterbury GP teams providing care around the clock

The Canterbury DHB is encouraging people to make their GP team their first call whenever they need health advice with winter on our doorstep. Medical Officer of Health and part-time GP Dr Alistair Humphrey says people can phone their GP team any time of day or night. “Even after-hours you can call your usual general practice number. […]

Making good habits stick with Habit Sticks

The latest innovation from All Right? will help people do more of the things that make them happy and healthy. All Right? manager Sue Turner says the revolutionary new All Right? Habit Stick makes it easier to make good habits stick. “If you’ve ever struggled with a resolution or maintaining a healthy habit then our […]

Some emergency kits a recipe for disaster

It could be the little box that saves your life, which is why authorities are warning Kiwis to be wary of pre-made emergency survival kits after our consumer watchdog found some lacking. Consumer NZ released a report on 28th April 2017 saying that some pre-made survival kits on the market they tested were more of […]

Smokefree Social Housing Toolkit: a guide for creating smokefree policies

Community and Public Health (as a member of Smokefree Canterbury) has developed a Toolkit to assist social housing providers to implement smokefree policies in social housing settings. Improving population health has increasingly become a shared goal across many sectors including social housing. A smokefree social housing policy can result in win-wins for tenants, housing providers, […]

Cope with another dry summer by SMART watering

The SMART Watering campaign is hoping to help home gardeners, lifestyle irrigators, small businesses, sports grounds and schools to apply water efficiently to cope with another dry summer. This year’s campaign will focus on educating people in Canterbury and South Canterbury about: ‘drip irrigation’ – the most efficient way to apply water, the benefits of timers or controllers for […]

Avoid mozzie-borne illnesses when travelling overseas

In some countries an annoying itch is the least of your worries if you’re bitten by a mosquito. New Zealanders planning on leaving winter behind in favour of a sun drenched holiday overseas are being urged to be aware of the health risks they may encounter. Bugs like mosquitoes can transmit a range of serious […]

Ministry of Health advice on Zika virus

There are growing concerns regarding the mosquito-borne Zika virus and the impact of infection with Zika upon pregnant women and their babies. Cases of Zika virus have previously been reported in Africa, southern Asia and the Pacific Islands. Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga are currently areas of active transmission of the Zika virus. View the […]

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