Men’s Health Month

June is New Zealand Men’s Health Month, and we’re encouraging all New Zealand organisations to get behind the initiatives put in place this month to look out for our men in our workplaces.

The theme is #MenStartTalking, and each week Men’s Health NZ have a different activity that you can put in place in your workplace that focuses on Men’s Health. They have a wealth of resources to send around your colleagues and posters for you to put up around your workplace.

Week 1: Get A Check Up

It never hurts to get a check-up. If you haven’t had one in a while, the fear get be enormous! Diseases such as cancer however can be far easier to beat when you get to them early, so brave it out and book in a check-up this week.


Week 2: Sugar Sux

Sugar is a cause of a number of many health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, and half the time we don’t know we’re even eating it. Have a look at the food your eating this week. Try preparing your meals at home and swapping soda for water.

Week 3: Love Your Belly

Stomach fat is actually really dangerous to our health. It wraps around our internal organs and leeches poison into our bodies. It also greatly increases our chances of developing heart disease and diabetes.


Week 4: How’s Your Mate?

How are our mates doing? How’s their health? Maybe they’ve got a problem,
physical or otherwise, that they’re keeping to themselves instead of getting help for. So take a moment this week to ask your mate how he’s doing.

For more information, and Men’s Health Month resources, activities and posters, head to the Men’s Health NZ website.

Contact our health team today to find out about the wellness initiatives that we can assist your team with. Email or call 0800 487 439.

Keeping Well This Winter 

Looking after yourself over the winter months is incredibly important for your health and wellbeing. We have put together 5 helpful tips to help you stay on track.

1. Keep Hydrated

Our bodies are largely made up of water, so it is important to consume enough for our body to function at its best. Remember to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Hot herbals teas or warm water flavoured with ginger and/or lemon are also a good way to warm up over winter, while keeping hydrated.

2. Eat Well

Choose to eat healthy foods. This will help build your immune system. Make sure to include fresh vegetables with some lean protein. Eat with the season and embrace the produce of the season. Look to reduce your sugar and salt intake as well. For a healthy low cost winter recipe, Healthy Food Guide has a great recipe for Winter Lentil Soup Recipe.

3. Stay Active

There are many benefits from daily exercise – Yoga, stretching and walking are great ways to keep moving. A 30 minute walk outdoors will expose you to fresh air, help strengthen your body and improve weight management, and lift you mood and overall feeling of wellbeing.

4. Get a Good Sleep

Regular sleep is vital to wellbeing. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

5. Wash Your Hands

Winter illnesses are easily spread by hands and these simple prevention methods are often overlooked. Wash your hands regularly (and thoroughly) with soap for 20 seconds helps prevent the spread and control of infection, especially after going to the bathroom or before preparing food.

Training Calendar – May & June 2017

Our May and June Training Calendar is out today. June brings us one more short week for the Winter, with Queens Birthday on the 5th of June.

To take advantage of this, we’ve discounted some of our Workplace First Aid Courses. Instead of the usual $147 for a First Aid Course, you can book one in for $99! This discount doesn’t apply to our Refresher First Aid courses.

Later in June we also have the 4 day British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) IP402 course: Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Building. This course is ideal for those who want to qualify as an asbestos building surveyor, and will provide a range of theory and practical knowledge. We’re running two courses in June – one in Auckland and one in Christchurch

Candidates for this course are expected to be aware of the contents of HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide, and have some prior knowledge of carrying out asbestos surveys.

To download your copy of this months training calendar, click here.