Tagged: health

Our cities are making us fat and unhealthy – a ‘healthy location index’ can help us plan better - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 01, 2022

Matthew Hobbs, University of Canterbury and Lukas Marek, University of Canterbury As councils and central government consider what cities of the future will look like, a new tool has been developed to map how various features of where we live influence public health. The Healthy Location Index (HLI) breaks down healthy and unhealthy elements in cities across New Zealand. Read More

Do jabs hurt more than shots or dots? Why language matters in medicine - Lippy Linguist

Andreea Calude Feb 08, 2022

About a decade ago, Welsh doctor and academic Nefyn Williams wrote an editorial about one of his patients asking him whether the damage to his painful knees, which had been diagnosed as degenerative change, was wear and tear. Williams highlighted how poor this choice of words was in his editorial “Words that harm: words that heal”. In his … Read More

Cervical cancer screening in New Zealand: self-testing at home will improve equity of outcomes for non-European women - Hot off the press

Guest Author Nov 09, 2021

John Donne Potter, Massey University and Naomi Brewer, Massey University   Despite New Zealand’s national cervical screening programme (NCSP), Māori women are more than twice as likely as European women to be diagnosed with, and die from, cervical cancer. Similarly, the screening programme has not been equitable for Pasifika and Asian women. Like Māori women, Pasifika women have … Read More

The Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill – a chance to submit on pivotal legislation for health in Aotearoa - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 09, 2021

Boyd Swinburn and Louise Delany* The Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill was introduced into Parliament in October 2021 and a submission process is now underway with a tight 9 December deadline. The Bill introduces major structural changes and will be associated with a suite of new health planning and strategy documents. The aim of this blog is to introduce … Read More

Standing on one leg is a sign of good health – and practising is good for you too - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 07, 2021

Dawn Skelton, Glasgow Caledonian University Research shows that people’s ability to stand on one leg is an indicator of health and that getting better at standing on one leg can add to fitness and potentially lifespan. Being able to stand on one leg is linked to increased levels of physical activity and decreased risk of falls and is … Read More

Why calling ordinary Kiwi cyclists ‘elitist’ just doesn’t add up - News

Guest Author Jul 28, 2021

Timothy Welch, University of Auckland   Something strange has happened to the perception of cyclists and cycling in the more than 200 years they’ve been around. Once a novelty, bike riding has moved from being a critical transport mode to a children’s pastime to now being popularly perceived as an elitist activity. This was readily apparent after the recent … Read More

Gender-specific health programs address important issues, but risk creating new biases - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 27, 2021

Matthew Jenkins and Victoria Chinn, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington   Gone are the days when health programmes were designed to simply punish or reward people to encourage behaviour change. We now know lasting behaviour change is more complex and nuanced, and this has prompted a proliferation of programmes that attend to factors like motivation, confidence, social … Read More

More people die in winter than summer, but climate change may see this reverse - Hot off the press

Guest Author Apr 27, 2021

Ivan Charles Hanigan, University of Sydney; Alistair Woodward, University of Auckland, and Keith Dear Climate change not only poses enormous dangers to the planet, but also harms human health. In our study published today, we show some of the first evidence climate change has had observable impacts on Australians’ health between 1968 and 2018. We found long-term heating is … Read More

The demise of Project Energize in the Waikato - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 04, 2021

Emeritus Professor Elaine Rush, Auckland University of Technology New Zealand is a world leader in many things, but health promotion and disease prevention, particularly for children, is not one of them. One exception is the long-running Project Energize programme in the Waikato.  Every year for the last sixteen years, Project Energize worked with up to 240 schools attended by 40,000 … Read More

Why some people find it easier to stick to new habits they formed during lockdown - COVID-19

Guest Author Nov 24, 2020

Matthew Jenkins, University of Otago and Elaine Hargreaves, University of Otago Periods of lockdown represent a massive disruption to people’s daily routines, but they also offer an opportunity to establish new habits. Our research focus is on what motivates people to change their behaviour, particularly when it comes to physical activity routines. We compared the levels of physical … Read More