November 2019
Tips and ideas for health and wellbeing from Health Navigator.

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Time to talk about diabetes

It's about time we all took action for diabetes in one way or another, according to this year’s Diabetes Action Month.
This month we’re doing our bit to raise awareness of all types of diabetes among New Zealanders and supporting people affected by this long-term condition. 

Did you know that 80% of cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable? Despite that, it’s the largest and fastest growing health issue we face in New Zealand; it is estimated that there are 100,000 people undiagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Explore our wide range of resources designed to help prevent type 2 diabetes and improve the health and wellbeing of those who develop it.

Spotlight on...

Free measles vaccinations for Auckland babies over 6 months
As the measles outbreak continues in Auckland, our Government is widening access to the MMR measles vaccine. Auckland babies aged 6 months and over are now able to be vaccinated. Find out more
Te whare tapa whā and wellbeing
Are you nurturing and strengthening your health and wellbeing? A popular Māori model of health – te whare tapa whā  – identifies four main pillars of health and wellbeing, and can be used by the whole whanau in the journey to wellness. Read about this holistic model of health
Can you catch germs from a public toilet seat?
We’ve all been there, desperate for the loo and frantically hunting for a toilet, only to find when you get there that the seat is covered with “droplets” from the previous user. What to do? Carry on regardless, or try to squat? We give you some tips.
How to avoid pressure sores
If you spend a long time in one position, such as being confined to bed or in a wheelchair, you're at risk of developing pressure sores. Also known as pressure injuries or bed sores, these preventable injuries can generally be avoided by following these 5 key steps.

The latest in healthy living

How to protect yourself from blue light at night
Did you know that the more time you spend looking at your device in the evening, the greater the risk to your health? Find out how to protect yourself from night time blue light from electronic devices.
Can you dig it? How to garden safely
Gardening is one of the most popular leisure activities in New Zealand. However, despite its wholesome, healthy image, it's not all a bed of roses! There are some nasty risks involved. To help reduce your risk of injury and illness see our top tips for gardening safely.

Parenting puzzles solved

What are school sores and how to treat them?
School sores is the common name for impetigo, a highly contagious skin infection most often seen in children.  Find out how to spot the signs of school sores and what you can do to treat and prevent them.
What you should know about hepatitis B and pregnancy
Hepatitis B is a virus that causes inflammation of your liver. If you have hepatitis B during pregnancy, you can pass the virus on to your baby. Find out what you can do to protect your baby from infection.

Understanding your medicines

Are you taking lamotrigine?
If you are taking lamotrigine, a medicine used to treat epilepsy and some mental health conditions, you may be concerned about the recent brand change. Although your tablets may look different, you’re still receiving the same medicine. However, if something doesn’t seem right, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Get the good oil on omega-3
Omega 3 fatty acids are important as part of a healthy balanced diet. Find out how to include foods high in omega 3s and what to look for in supplements.

There's an app for that!

Protect your privacy when using apps
Most of us don’t think twice about giving away our personal data when signing up for a new health app, but it pays to be cautious. Different apps have different policies regarding how personal information is collected and used – some are less in your favour than others. Find out how to protect your privacy when using apps.

Video of the month

Wellbeing, one day at a time
Health Navigator consumer representative and cultural advisor Merle Samuels shares tips for managing long-term conditions.
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