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November 2022

This month's topics in focus

Are your child’s vaccinations up to date?

Now is a great time to check if your tamariki are up to date with their vaccinations. With COVID still in the mix, and global measles outbreaks, it's best to be one step ahead. Find out more

Blood in your urine?

Seeing blood in your urine (pee) can be alarming and needs to be checked by your healthcare provider. However, in most cases, it's not a sign of a serious problem. Find out more.

Moving into the halls of residence next year?

Living in shared accommodation increases your risk of developing meningococcal disease. To protect yourself, ask your healthcare professional about a meningococcal vaccine. Find out more.

Heartburn – Mate taratarawai

Heartburn (acid reflux) is a burning feeling that rises from your stomach or lower chest towards your neck. Treatment includes diet, lifestyle changes and medication. Find out more.

Let's plan for your next health care visit

Planning and asking questions will help you understand more about your health and treatment for an illness or injury. Your doctor, nurse and others included in your healthcare want you to ask questions to help you make decisions together. Information available in 14 languages. Read more.

Top tips for wellbeing

Finding "me time" as a caregiver

Like many others in Auckland during the pandemic, Leilani Hoyt was caring for her husband, mother and teens, all with healthcare needs, as well as trying to work from home. She often found herself needing to step away and take a break. In our story and video, Leilani talks about the importance of finding "me time" while caring for others. Watch now. 

Making children’s lunch boxes

Trying to figure out what to put in lunch boxes that won’t come home uneaten? Choosing yummy yet healthy food to put in your child’s lunch box can be challenging at the best of times. Read our top lunch box tips for kids.

Understanding medicines

My Paxlovid plan

Paxlovid is given to some people to help fight a COVID-19 virus infection. This plan will help you to record all your medicine doses when you are taking Paxlovid. Read more.

Are you taking empagliflozin (Jardiance)?

Read our factsheet to find out how to take this type 2 diabetes medicine safely. Available in 10 languages. Read more.

There's an app for that

Fitness and weight loss apps

While there is a growing number of weight loss apps, very few are credible, and it can be hard to choose the right one. Visit our Health App Library to find a fitness and weight loss app that has been reviewed by experts. Read more.

Interesting events

eMHIC International Congress

10–11 November, Auckland and online
Do you have lived experience of mental ill health or addiction? Would you like to attend the eMental Health International Congress (eMHIC) and join a global network of world leaders in digital mental health?

The Congress is offering 20 people with lived experience the opportunity to attend this event for free. To register, click 'buy ticket' on the registration page and enter the code EMHIC2022CM.

Recipe of the month

Quick and healthy dinner videos

Try these healthy, easy and practical dinner ideas and avoid the ‘5pm dinner panic’. These videos provide step-by-step instructions to make 10 delicious dinners. Choose a recipe.
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