Go Spotty during Melanoma Awareness Week

Melanoma Awareness Week (19th to 26th October 2018) aims to raise awareness of this terrible disease that is affecting over 4000 kiwis every year. New Zealand has one the highest melanoma incidence rates in the world. Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in NZ – more New Zealanders die from melanoma than drowning, car crashes […]

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 […]

Let nature in during Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week will be held from Monday 8th to Sunday 14th October 2018. The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 is Let nature in, strengthen your wellbeing – Mā te taiao kia whakapakari tōu oranga! There are simple things we can all do that will make a huge difference to the mental […]

Stand and move more during Sit Less September

E Tu Tatau! Sit less, move more, feel great! Tama tu, tama ora, tama moe, tame mate. He who stands, lives, he who sleeps, dies. This Māori proverb means activity brings well-being and inactivity brings sickness. Our bodies are designed to move not sit. Breaking up sitting time by moving or standing keeps your muscles […]

Take time out during Gambling Harm Awareness Week

Gambling is meant to be fun and social, but it can easily become a problem. Gambling harm can escalate quickly, damaging relationships, whānau, finances and hopes for the future. It is important to recognise when gambling is no longer just for fun and may be starting to cause harm. There are some things we can […]

Health advice for anyone coming down with winter bugs

It’s important to seek health advice sooner rather than later if you’re feeling under the weather – don’t wait for things to get worse. That’s one of the messages from Canterbury DHB Chief Medical Officer Dr Sue Nightingale with winter bugs doing the rounds. Health advice comes in many forms, and there are a number of […]

Get up to date this Cervical Screening Awareness Month

Young girls and women are being encouraged to get up to date with their HPV immunisation and cervical smears this Cervical Screening Awareness Month. “We know that cervical cancer is one the most preventable cancers, and being immunised against HPV as a young women and having regular smears as an adult helps reduce the risk […]

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 31st August 2018) is a major funding source for the Cancer Society, as well as an […]

Celebrating breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week (1st to 7th August 2018) is about celebrating how breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers – in a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty. Breastfeeding prevents hunger and malnutrition in all its forms and ensures food security for babies, even in times of crisis. Breastfeeding is […]

June 20th is World Refugee Day

Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres states “Our duty to the people we serve is to work together to move from fear of each other to trust in each other. Diversity in all its forms is an asset, not a threat.” So let us recall our common humanity on World Refugee Day, celebrate […]

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 […]

It’s about your whānau this World Smokefree Day

World Smokefree Day (31st May) is about celebrating and working towards smokefree/auahi kore lives for New Zealanders. The theme for WSFD is ‘It’s about whānau.’ The majority of New Zealanders are smokefree, and having smokefree whānau, whare, workplaces and public spaces is worth celebrating! Tihei manawa ora! Sneeze, the breath of life! Nearly 84 percent of New […]

Help young people be who they want to be during Youth Week

Youth Week is a nationwide festival of events organised by young New Zealanders to celebrate the talents, passion and success of local young people. Youth Week recognises the amazing contributions and achievements of young people in New Zealand. The week also recognises the youth workers, youth service providers and others working with and for young […]

Learn about the importance of immunisation across the lifespan

Immunisation Week (30th April to 6th May 2018) is about raising awareness about the importance of immunisation to protect against serious illnesses. The focus for 2018 is promoting immunisations to older people (such as influenza, shingles, diphtheria and tetanus) and encouraging immunisation across the lifespan. Here are the key messages this Immunisation Week: The protection from earlier immunisations can […]

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 […]

Walk2Work Day: 14th March 2018

Walk2Work Day is New Zealand’s day to celebrate walking. You can walk almost anywhere, at any time, in any weather for free. If it’s that bit too far just walk to catch a bus or ferry for your health, and the health of our planet. A walk is part of every bus and ferry ride. Research […]

Well Child: Giving your child the best start in life

Celebrate the importance of the Well Child programme during Well Child Week (26th February to 4th March 2018). The early years of life set the foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing. Well Child/Tamariki Ora is a free service provided by the Ministry of Health for all New Zealand children from birth to five years. Well […]

Keep cool and hydrated to beat the heat

Temperatures are set to soar as children return to school, prompting a warning from Community and Public Health to keep cool and stay hydrated. Weather forecasters are predicting a run of hot days, peaking on Tuesday (30th) and Wednesday (31st) with forecast highs of 32 in Christchurch. Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says older […]

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, […]

National outbreak of whooping cough declared

The Ministry of Heath has declared a national outbreak of whooping cough, as a total of 1,315 cases have been reported since the beginning of 2017. “Babies under one year old are most vulnerable to the disease and often catch it from older siblings, their parents or family members and friends,” said Ministry of Health […]

Five Ways to Wellbeing during the holiday season

The holidays can be a time for family and celebrations – but it can also be a time when many people feel stressed and blue. This year has been a tough one for many, so here are a few tips on how to support your wellbeing this season. Wishing you a safe and naturally enjoyable holiday […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Boil water notices still in place for many Kaikoura residents

Last updated: 6th April 2018 People in the Kaikoura and Hurunui Districts are being reminded that boil water notices remain in place at several locations – after the November 2016 earthquake. Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says boil water notices are in place at water supplies in the Kaikoura and Hurunui Districts. “These warnings remain in place because these […]

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 […]

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