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February 2023

This month's topics in focus

Affected by the floods?

We have a number of web pages dedicated to supporting people in times of crisis. Housing support and information tells you how to get emergency assistance due to weather and pandemic issues. Brush up on your first aid knowledge and how to keep food and water supplies safe.

Coping with COVID related anxiety (manawapā)

It’s normal to feel anxious about catching COVID-19, especially if you or someone you love is at increased risk of severe illness. For ideas on how to manage that anxiety, read more or watch this video.

Keeping kai on the table

Rising prices are making it harder for people to feed themselves and their families. Luckily, there are lots of services that can help out if you’re struggling. Find out more.

Seven great reasons to exercise

Our bodies were designed to move, not to sit most of the day at work, home or in an office. So here are seven great reasons to up the exercise and get more active. Read more.

Prediabetes (tūraru mate huka)

Did you know that 20% of the adult population is likely to have prediabetes? If you have prediabetes, this increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Find out more.

Algal bloom – is that water safe to swim in?

While some of Aotearoa’s beautiful lakes and rivers are world class, others are prone to potentially lethal algal blooms. Find out how to tell if water is safe to swim, fish or play in. Read more.

Understanding medicines

How to take empagliflozin – in NZ sign language

Empagliflozin is a medicine used to treat type 2 diabetes. It can help you control diabetes, and  protect your kidneys and heart. This NZSL video explains how you can take empagliflozin safely and avoid rare but serious side effects. Watch now.

Paracetamol supply issue – new factsheet

From January 2023 a new brand of paracetamol liquid 120 mg in 5 mL will be available. Ethics paracetamol will replace the Paracare and Avallon paracetamol liquids brands.  Go to factsheet. Translated versions are coming soon.

Fluoxetine supply issue

Due to a supply issue, from the end of January, your pharmacist can only give you seven days of fluoxetine 20 mg capsules and tablets, at a time. Find out more.

There's an app for that

Common mental wellness therapy

CBT helps by changing the way you think and behave. It can be used to manage anxiety, depression and sleep problems. Visit our NZ Health App Library to find the right CBT app for you. Find out more.

First aid and emergency apps

There's a number of apps to help you out in an emergency. Emergency EQ is one and you can read about others in our Health App Library.

Recipe of the month

Eating well with diabetes

Are you looking for recipes suitable for people with diabetes? Find your next healthy and tasty diabetes-friendly recipe and get cooking. Read more.
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