November is Diabetes Action Month

Kiwis are being asked to Love Don’t Judge during Diabetes Action Month. Diabetes NZ is shedding light on the emotional burden of a chronic condition that affects quarter of a million of us. Diabetes NZ is challenging everyone in Aotearoa to take action this November to understand and support Kiwis living with diabetes – our […]

National Bowel Screening Programme comes to Canterbury

The National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) will officially go-live in the Canterbury DHB region from Thursday 29th October 2020. Free bowel screening kits aimed at saving lives will be sent to the homes of Canterbury people aged 60 to 74 from mid-November. People receiving the kits are being asked to ‘Start a movement that might […]

Switch to Water Challenge: Kick start a healthy summer

We need water for hydration – not sugary drinks. Switching your sugary drinks to water is a great first step towards a healthier you! Switch to water as it: is naturally the best way to rehydrate; has no calories; is non-acidic; is 100 percent natural; and is fresh, free and readily available on tap. The Switch to […]

Changing the face of men’s health this Movember

Men are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. They are dying too young, before their time. Men die on average six years younger than women and for reasons that are largely preventable. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Kiwi men aged 25 to 35 years old. 3 out of 4 […]

Information on COVID-19

It is not time for us to ease up on our precautions against COVID-19. We’ve been through a lot, and we will get through this too. We’re stronger together. Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 Stay home if you feel unwell. Isolate wherever you are and call Healthline (0800 358 5453) about a free COVID-19 […]

Gardeners urged to protect themselves against Legionnaires’ disease

Spring is the perfect time to be out in the garden. It’s also the perfect time for enthusiastic gardeners to risk unwittingly releasing Legionnaires’ disease from the depths of their potting mix and compost. Gardeners are being urged to take care with potting mix and compost – with 23 cases of the disease already confirmed […]

Canterbury Resilience Hub: A one stop shop for health and wellbeing support

The Canterbury DHB has launched the Canterbury Resilience Hub website – a central point for health and wellbeing advice and practical support services information. The Canterbury Resilience Hub website was established following the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on 15th March 2019. “Many people were deeply affected by these events. Canterbury DHB recognised the […]

New All Right? campaign reminds us we are all in this together

A new All Right? campaign reminds Cantabrians that in tough times we can go through a range of emotions, and we all work through them in our own way and at our own pace. All Right? mental health strategist Ciaran Fox says tough times affect each of us differently. “It’s all right to feel upset, […]

Check for health warnings before going near waterways

Recreational water users are being reminded to avoid contact with some Canterbury and South Canterbury waterways. “Many of these waterways have been in bloom for some time now and will continue to be so with the warm weather we have been experiencing” says Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey. Find out about current potentially […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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