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 […]

Support cancer patients in your region this Dry July

Almost 2,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with cancer each month. Dry July encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of July and raise funds for cancer patients and their families and carers. Funds raised through Dry July go towards cancer support organisations across New Zealand, to help improve patient comfort, care and wellbeing. […]

Let’s start talking this Men’s Health Month

The theme for Men’s Health Month NZ is Men Start Talking. When our mates seem down or in trouble, the easiest option is not to talk about it. We don’t know what to say, or think we might say the wrong thing. Not talking kills hundreds of men every year, and stops a lot of men […]

Kick the junk during Junk Free June

Challenge yourself to live a healthier lifestyle and start finding a passion for living junk free. Take up the Junk Free June challenge as an individual or in a group with your friends, workmates or family. Do the challenge even if you don’t want to raise money! You decide what your ‘junk’ is. What you […]

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. […]

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