National Safe Sleep Day

National Safe Sleep Day (Te Rā Mokopuna) on 1st December is an event which empowers our communities and organisations across Aotearoa to promote safe sleeping practices for our tamariki mokopuna. SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy) is a term which refers to the unexpected death of an infant through unintentional suffocation and previously unidentified illnesses in […]

Switch to Water Challenge: Kick start a healthy summer

The Switch to Water challenge is all about switching your sugary drinks to water for 30 days. Yes, it is as simple as that! This challenge helps you to set a realistic goal to reduce the amount of sugar you consume. The aim of this challenge is to build better habits, with water becoming your […]

November is Diabetes Action Month

More than 257,000 New Zealanders now live with diabetes. Also a significant number of people in New Zealand now have pre-diabetes. Every day 50 more people are diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is diagnosed when a person has too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. This happens because the pancreas cannot make enough insulin to keep blood […]

Gear up for Biketober

Join this month-long celebration of cycling in Christchurch. Biketober is for anyone interested in cycling. You might be new to cycling, looking for some advice and ways to give it a try. Perhaps you’re a cycle commuter, a family who like to cycle, or a cycle enthusiast. Maybe you’d like to meet others who just […]

Stay safe and stay informed during Get Ready Week

Get Ready Week will be held from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th October 2017. Emergencies can happen anywhere, any time, and without warning. Make sure you and the people you care about are ready to get through by knowing the different ways to stay informed: which radio stations to listen to, which website to visit or […]

Nature is key during Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week will be held from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th October 2017. The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 is Nature is Key: Unlock your wellbeing. There are simple things we can all do that will make a huge difference to the mental health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders. Research has shown […]

Start a conversation and check in this Suicide Prevention Day (10th September)

Suicide is a serious concern for New Zealand communities. Around 500 New Zealanders die each year by suicide, with many more attempting suicide. This has a tragic impact on the lives of many others – families, whānau, friends and workmates, communities and society as a whole. Most people who attempt suicide don’t want to die […]

Give generously on Daffodil Day

The daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring, whose bright yellow blooms remind us of the joys the new season will bring. It represents hope for the 1 in 3 New Zealanders affected by cancer. Daffodil Day (Friday 25th August 2017) is a major funding source for the Cancer Society, as well as an […]

Stand up for yourself during Sit Less September

Sitting for prolonged periods is bad for your health no matter how fit you are! Sitting is the new smoking: The more you sit, the poorer your health. All-day movement is just as important for maintaining good health as traditional exercise sessions and can contribute to fitness and suppleness. When you sit all day: your […]

Celebrating breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week (1st to 7th August 2017) is about celebrating how breastfeeding gets us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share. Evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding is already available to us. We know that breastfeeding aids […]

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