Wednesday, November 21, 2018

NZ beverage industry to consider sugar reduction target

A move to reduce the amount of sugar across Australia's beverage industry is being welcomed by health and obesity experts and will be considered in New Zealand.

Youth mental health – what does wellbeing mean to young Kiwis?

Improving youth mental health is an increasing priority of policymakers, researchers and politicians. Jody Hopkinson reports on a research project looking at what wellbeing means to youth.

Is plant medicine really that effective?

Traditional plant medicines have a rich history of being effectively used over 2,500 years.

Alarming levels of ED violence now normalised and shrugged off, finds NZ study

Emergency Department (ED) workers are exposed to such frequent and high levels of violence, that being on the receiving end of death threats, offensive sexual abuse and hitting, go unreported and are simply accepted as part of the job, a new study has found. By Rachel Helyer Donaldson.

Taboos and inadequate toilets focus of Menstrual Hygiene Day

Removing the taboos surrounding menstruation and ensuring hygiene issues don’t stop girls attending school are the aim of Menstrual Hygiene Day.

Families shocked by increasing rates of type 2 diabetes in children

An increasing number of Auckland children under 15 are being admitted with type 2 diabetes, a study released today shows.

Rise in syphilis cases prompts public health message

A rise in syphilis cases has prompted renewed calls for people to practise safe sex, including the use of condoms.

Tool to help employers track staff sleep and exercise

Employers may be able to measure how well rested or stressed out their staff are under a new corporate wellness programme set to be rolled out by health insurer Southern Cross.

Finding your motivation – key to stop smoking

Invercargill stop smoking coaches say quitting is about finding one’s motivation.

Is exercise pointless?

Frances Cook talks to Claire Badenhorst, lecturer in exercise and sport science from Massey University to discuss whether exercise makes you hungrier, if that's a problem, and which types of exercise are better than others.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Sugar questions answered

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says it’s perfect timing to answer two commonly asked questions about sugar.


Sponsored: Empathy, culture and kindness – the quest for healthier communities

It’s going to take a groundswell of change to inject the empathy and values-based leadership that is so desperately needed in society. Jude Barback talks to Anah Aikman, the founder of Changing Lenses, about how we can achieve this change in our communities.