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A new report launched today shows that supporting more people to walk and cycle for transport could have significant public health benefits.

P affecting teens in rural community

A youth worker concerned about the number of young people using P says an increasing number of New Zealanders are "desperately looking to escape from third world level poverty and homelessness".

Fruit and vege prices out of reach for low-income families

As prices for fresh fruit and vegetables rise they are becoming out of reach for low-income families, a group of health academics say.

Mount Maunganui school to host pilot diabetes education programme

A week of healthy eating, moving and learning awaits students at Arataki Primary School in Mount Maunganui.

Purple kumara reduces risk of colon cancer by seventy-five per cent

Purple-fleshed kumara could reduce the chance of colon cancer by up to 75 per cent, research shows.

The 10 most Googled health questions answered

You've most likely Googled your own symptoms along with many people across the globe who will now consult Google before checking in with a GP or pharmacist.

Teens are sleeping less – but there’s a surprisingly easy fix

Sleep experts agree that teens need at least nine hours of sleep a night. But by 2015, 43 percent of teens reported sleeping less than seven hours a night on most nights

Study suggests possible link between cannabis and schizophrenia

Researchers are sounding alarms over young people smoking cannabis, as the incoming government promises a referendum on legalising the drug.

Promising results for Whanau Pakari kids’ obesity programme

A programme tailored for obese kids has yielded some promising results, with children reporting better physical and emotional health after just a year.

Southern DHB to launch review after disappearance of patient Gordon McLean

A full review is to be launched into how a "frail" man was able to leave the rehabilitation unit at a Dunedin hospital and go missing this week, the district health board says.
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