Steven’s Story

It’s Men’s Health Week, so in the spirit of getting men talking about their health, here’s an inspiring story from one of the clients of our Green Prescription programme:

Steven used to spend a lot of time sitting, having sad thoughts. He was anxious and suicidal. In January of 2018, Steven’s doctor suggested a Green Prescription. “I was really nervous at first and it took a lot to go in [to the appointment] but once I did it was okay, Tori explained everything”.

At their first meeting Tori could see that Steven was determined to find a way to be happier. Together they talked about things that would help and developed a bit of a plan that he could follow. Today, Steven is a regular at the pool and continues to walk often. He feels happier, more proactive and understands his illness better.

“The older people in aqua are funny, mischief and likeminded.” “It’s nice to talk to people. I was shy before, I wouldn’t talk to anyone.”

Tori is so pleased for Steven, she has noticed so many positive changes. “He is the one who chats with new people who come to class, he helps them feel welcome and at ease”. “He smiles a lot, it’s such a great smile!”

When asked what he would tell others Steven says emphatically “just give it a go, definitely, just try it!”

Putting Your Pelvic Floor First – Workshop

Recently we collaborated with Dynamic Rehab physio and Pelvic Floor guru Danielle Lapointe to deliver a series of workshops highlighting the importance of looking after our pelvic floor muscles, and empowering participants, coaches and trainers to better understand this crucial muscle group.

 

If you missed out, watch the video below, and download the workshop notes.

 

Workshop notes – Participant workshop

Workshop notes – Instructor/coach workshop

View the presentation

 

Putting Your Pelvic Floor First – Workshop

Putting Your Pelvic Floor First – Participant Workshop last night was a huge success, thanks to all that attended. If you missed out, here's the video! Brought to you by Total Body / Power Plate Authorised training Center, Dynamic Rehab Ltd and Sport Gisborne TairawhitiWant to view the slides while you watch?https://prezi.com/view/ksitRbxPogpBP7RJKGqE/

Posted by Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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SGT Dietitian Mary Hope weighs in on 9-6-4 and the holiday period

Last night Mary Hope from the Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti Active Health team provided a free clinic in partnership with Huringa Pai on how the 9-6-4 program can work through the festive season.

9-6-4 is a health choice based on recommendations from the World Health Organisation as to how much (added) sugar should be consumed within a day. This being 9 teaspoons for men, 6 for women and 4 for children. This health movement has a strong following within the Huringa Pai community and has changed the lives of many.

The clinic examined many popular alcoholic drinks and their sugar content, many of which came as a shock to those in attendance. Most RTD’s, beers and wines would cause someone to reach their daily sugar limit in a single serving. Combined with the often indulgent food choices made through the holiday period, Mary highlighted a need for mindfulness to maintain healthy diet and lifestyle choices through the holidays.

 

Mary’s key holiday recommendations:

  • Compensate for indulgent days by getting out and being active before or after
  • Abide by the ‘healthy plate model’ of half fruit/veg, quarter proteins and quarter starch/carbs
  • Look for opportunities to substitute healthy ingredients into your classic recipes i.e yoghurt for cream
  • When drinking alcohol, consume equal parts water throughout
  • Take advantage of the inexpensive fresh, local fruit and veg available during this time

Watch the full presentation here

Huringa Pai - Mary