Your Health in Your Hands

Your Health in Your Hands

By Dr Louise Schofield, Co-founder & CEO at PREKURE  You are your health. Your health is in your hands. No one is coming to save you. Save yourself. The 'dirty secret' of healthcare is that no one cares more about your health than you do. Well, perhaps your mum...

Your Professional Health Coach Career Guide

Your Professional Health Coach Career Guide

There has never been a better time to start a career in professional health coaching. The landscape of healthcare is evolving and professional Health Coaches are playing an increasingly vital role in this new world of preventative, lifestyle-driven health. The coach...

Personal Branding for Health Coaches

Personal Branding for Health Coaches

Personal Branding for Health Coaches By: Shelley Smith, PREKURE Health Coach & Brand Expert The thought of creating a personal brand can be a scary thought for Health Coaches. Most of us got into this profession because we want to help people change their habits...

What is a Health Coach?

What is a Health Coach?

What exactly is a Health Coach? Health coaching is an emerging career in Australia and New Zealand and a fast-growing market in healthcare worldwide. A Health Coach is someone who works in primary healthcare or in the community in their own private practice. Health...

Meet Men’s Wellness Coach Carl Muir of The Provider

Meet Men’s Wellness Coach Carl Muir of The Provider

Meet Men's Wellness Coach Carl Muir of The Provider Meet Carl Muir, founder of the provider, whose unique life path has taken him from corporate marketer to fishing and tourism guide to now becoming a men’s wellness coach, and how through health coaching he now...

Unlocking the Power of Group Health Coaching

Unlocking the Power of Group Health Coaching

Unlocking the Power of Group Health Coaching For every one of us, the importance of engagement in our own health journey has become paramount in a world where preventable suffering, health disability and healthcare costs are skyrocketing.  Much of our current...

From Royalty to Primary Healthcare

From Royalty to Primary Healthcare

From Royalty to Primary Healthcare Q&A: A Health Coach's Insights into Working as a Health Improvement Practitioner Jade Rehu, a qualified Occupational Therapist and former Health and Wellness Coach to a Royal family in the Middle East, shares his perspectives on...

Mental Health Tools To Support All Communities

Mental Health Tools To Support All Communities

Mental health tools to support all communities PREKURE’s Chief Science Officer Grant Schofield sat down with Will Fleming from ‘Let’s Get Pre-sifik’ to discuss what we really need to do about mental health and better support for our Pasifika communities.    The...

Low Carb For Weight Loss: What We Are Told & Why?

Low Carb For Weight Loss: What We Are Told & Why?

Is low-carb effective for weight loss? The low-carb diet has not always been positively received, but despite this Health Coach and Author Brendan Reid gave it a shot to support his metabolic health goals. 15 months later and 50 kilograms lighter, his results were...

How to improve the healthcare system

How to improve the healthcare system

How to improve the healthcare system What would it take for us to improve the healthcare system? Dr Glen Davies shares his views on how we can create a better version of the primary health care system by focussing on clients' needs and restoring their health. 1. Time...

How to be a better health coach

How to be a better health coach

How to be a better health coach At PREKURE, we often talk about taking off the training wheels and moving into building the craft of health coaching. You will have studied & practiced the foundational competencies and skill set in the marriage of lifestyle...

Reducing the Burden of Mental Health Problems

Reducing the Burden of Mental Health Problems

From Innovation to Disruption: The Next Steps in Reducing the Burden of Mental Health Problems The prevalence of mental health problems is on the rise, with the current treatment gap estimated to be about 400,000 people. And that’s an optimistic estimate. With just...

How to navigate a challenging coaching client

How to navigate a challenging coaching client

How to navigate a challenging coaching client Working alongside clients who seem unmotivated, resistant or you just don't gel with can be tricky. You can find yourself in the solutioning trap, pulling out all of your health coaching tools to gain traction, only to...

The 7 BIG mistakes in our healthcare system

The 7 BIG mistakes in our healthcare system

The big mistakes in our healthcare system. Why positive medicine is the answer.  Our current healthcare system needs to be transformed to focus on promoting health and wellbeing, rather than solely treating illness. Positive medicine offers a fresh approach that views...

Why Food Quality Is What Matters Most

Why Food Quality Is What Matters Most

Why we need to be talking about food quality Over the past few years, the conversation around nutrition has shifted from discussing nutrients to discussing food itself. While the flawed health star rating continues for now, there are conversations starting to happen...

Is low carb bad?

Is low carb bad?

So, is low carb bad? There has been controversy in the public health nutrition world for decades around the causal roles of diet in disease. I don’t think there is any debate about whether diet affects health. The question is what diet affects health the most, for...

The role of mitochondria in brain health

The role of mitochondria in brain health

Have you ever wondered about the tiny organelles called mitochondria, which are present in almost every cell in our body? As a metabolic neurologist and a world leader in his field, Dr. Matthew Phillips provides valuable insights into his ground breaking research in...

The Future of Medicine Conference 2023 returns

The Future of Medicine Conference 2023 returns

Announcing the return of the Future of Medicine Conference 2023, a rare and unique opportunity for healthcare professionals and thought leaders to immerse themselves in a mix of scientific and practical talks that challenge the status quo and inspire a new view of...

Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Prevention: A GP’s view

Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Prevention: A GP’s view

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Prevention. I recall during my early years of general practice asking my mentor “What do we actually do?” The answer was a good one, “We intervene in our patients lives, a little bit in each consultation”. A second experience was...

Ice Baths: The Benefits of Cold Water Immersion

Ice Baths: The Benefits of Cold Water Immersion

Ice Baths: The Benefits of a Cold Water Immersion If you're an athlete or fitness enthusiast, you may have heard about the benefits of ice baths. Soaking in a bath filled with ice-cold water may sound intimidating, but the benefits are well worth it! One of the main...

Why Most New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Why Most New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Why most New Year's resolutions fail If you're anything like me, you're wondering how on earth is it the end of December already. Yes, despite the previous 365 days , only now has this revelation occurred. Of course everything is busier than ever and our schedule is a...

Building a Confident Mindset

Building a Confident Mindset

Building a Confident Mindset A long while back when I was a junior Intensive care nurse (ICU) I had the mindset of ‘I could never…’ ‘I could never coordinate the intensive care unit’, ‘I could never educate people ’, ‘I could never jump from a helicopter into the...

How much Does a Health Coach Earn?

How much Does a Health Coach Earn?

Now the fact that you’ve clicked on this blog means you're probably wondering how much a health coach earns. So let's get straight to the point and not beat around the bush. Payscale deems the median health coach salary to be $55,000, however, averages don’t really...

Self Limitation & How to Break Free

Self Limitation & How to Break Free

Self Limitation & How to Break Free “Completely overwhelmed, daunted and intimidated”. These are the words Kent Johns used to describe his initial feelings around some of the more administrative aspects of owning a business. Owning a business and being your own...

Confidence is Attractive

Confidence is Attractive

Confidence is Attractive Confidence is attractive. Yes this might apply to someone you're attracted to but it also applies to your business. When someone speaks with confidence we feel a greater sense of trust and security in what they are saying. This works...

Cold Water Immersion for Brain Health

Cold Water Immersion for Brain Health

Controlled cold exposure, particularly by immersing yourself in cold water such as in a cold shower, cold bath or getting in a cold body of water, has an instant and enduring effect on your mood. There is both a physiological as well as a psychological procedure that...

Health Coaching in Motion

Health Coaching in Motion

To my fellow PREKURE coaches & students: I lay before you a challenge. You can of course accept, ignore, or modify this challenge. I challenge you to book a health coaching client in the next fortnight and undertake that coaching session whilst walking through...

Strengthening Your Reflective Practice

Strengthening Your Reflective Practice

Strengthening Your Reflective Practice At the heart of gaining growth and talent as a health coach, is reflective practice. Reflection has been widely emphasised in disciplines that require an integration of academic study or science and practical application (Lane...

Workforce Development Case Study: Pasifika Medical Association

Workforce Development Case Study: Pasifika Medical Association

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) is a network of Pacific health professionals, working collaboratively to strengthen Pacific health workforce capacity and capability to meet the health needs of Pacific people in New Zealand. Improving the health outcomes of...

Oral & Gum Health 101

Oral & Gum Health 101

Have you ever brushed your teeth and looked in the sink and seen blood? Have you ever flossed and seen blood on your floss? Most importantly, do you know what this means? The answer is simply: ‘Healthy gums don’t bleed.’ [1] The intention of this post is to clear up...

The Low Down on Low Carb

The Low Down on Low Carb

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about low carb diets in some way, shape or form in the past few years. PREKURE’s own Chief Science Officer Prof Grant Schofield and Dietician Associate Professor Caryn Zinn have even co-authored a few...

An Exploration of Motivational Interviewing Approaches

An Exploration of Motivational Interviewing Approaches

The historical underpinnings of Motivational Interviewing (MI) come from the treatment and support of patients with substance use disorders. MI was originally developed in part by William Miller and Steph Rollnick in the 1980’s. Since then it has been widely evidenced...

A Day Without Wine Seemed Impossible

A Day Without Wine Seemed Impossible

Twelve months ago I would not have joined this challenge.  Although my diet was full of healthy, whole, mainly low carb foods, I ran each day, and was outwardly fit and healthy, the idea of 21 days without my evening glass of wine (or 3) would have seemed impossible....

The Low-hanging Fruit of Intermittent Fasting

The Low-hanging Fruit of Intermittent Fasting

Why do we say “no snacking” in our Healthy Habits Challenge?   Low-hanging fruit of intermittent fasting Simply put, not snacking is the low-hanging fruit of intermittent fasting. If you eat 3 meals a day, the gap between at least two of these will be significant...

Three Things You Need to Know About Protein

Three Things You Need to Know About Protein

It’s easy to get confused when looking for information about protein. This no-nonsense blog will give you scientifically accurate information touching on the benefits of protein, outlining how much protein you need to eat and giving you practical tips to eat enough...

Student Testimonial – Leina Fofoa

Student Testimonial – Leina Fofoa

Head Health Coach and Registered Nurse, Sonya English, sits down with recent graduate, Leina Fofoa, to discuss her experience and journey to become a PREKURE Certified Health Coach.   Leina, thank you so much for talking to me today about the Health Coach...

Student Testimonial – Anna Fatai

Student Testimonial – Anna Fatai

Head Health Coach and Registered Nurse, Sonya English, sits down with recent graduate, Anna Fatai, to discuss her experience and journey to become a PREKURE Certified Health Coach.   So Anna, you are one of our PMA Health Coach Certificate graduates. We're so...

Emerging Evidence for Experts – Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Emerging Evidence for Experts – Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Hello and welcome to PREKURE's weekly snippet of science, where on a weekly basis we share emergent research related to extending the human healthspan.   Three easy, cost-effective things you can do right now to work towards reversing T2D.   What is...

Client Goal Seeking & Focus Session Outcome

Client Goal Seeking & Focus Session Outcome

As health coaches our success is in the joy of seeing our clients navigate their own health behaviour change confidently. We see ourselves as helping clients to explore their values and clarify their intentions. We work alongside them, holding steady the process and...

Tools For Enhancing Your Resilience

Tools For Enhancing Your Resilience

Three Stoic tools you can use right now to boost your resilience and mental wellbeing.   Stoicism Explained: You might be squinting at your screen reading this title, wondering how exactly Stoicism can help boost resilience and mental wellbeing. Fair enough. Many...

Emerging Evidence for Experts – ACTing for Mental Health

Emerging Evidence for Experts – ACTing for Mental Health

Hello and welcome to PREKURE's weekly snippet of science, where on a weekly basis we share emergent research related to extending the human healthspan.   Three ways you can incorporate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy tools in your life today to enhance your...

Tapping Into Your ‘Intuition Muscle’

Tapping Into Your ‘Intuition Muscle’

‘Intuition is not like the waves on the surface, it is more the tide beneath the waves’ (Dodgson & Marshall, 2018). It is the process of accessing and trusting one’s inner knowing. It is direct knowing, unencumbered by the thinking mind. The origins of the term...

Emerging Evidence for Experts – To Fast or Not To Fast?

Emerging Evidence for Experts – To Fast or Not To Fast?

Hello and welcome to PREKURE's weekly snippet of science, where on a weekly basis we share emergent research related to extending the human healthspan.   What are the health benefits of fasting? There are many types of fasting protocols, but they all have one...

Championing Your Client

Championing Your Client

Championing Your Client: Their Journey Towards Self-Efficacy Just like children, adults need support. Growth is solidified for all of us when we are genuinely championed. You may be familiar with the World Health Organisation (WHO) definition of health promotion:‘It...

Science In A Minute – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Science In A Minute – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Hello and welcome to PREKURE's weekly snippet of science, where on a weekly basis we share emergent research related to extending the human healthspan.  As a health coach, given our current global statistics, it is likely that you will work with clients who have goals...

Staying True To Your Clients Agenda

Staying True To Your Clients Agenda

Have you ever found yourself desperately trying to create meaning for your client?  You are: trying too hard to get some momentum when there is no clear focus, stuck knee-deep in a client's dissonance or all you can hear is your internal alarm sounding in your ears....

What To Know About Restorative Stretching

What To Know About Restorative Stretching

As we age or compensate for an injury, we tend to decrease our end range of movement to protect the joint or muscle. At some stage the brain has been given a message that this end range is going to be sore and cause inflammation, so in order to prevent further...

Science In A Minute – Making & Breaking Habits

Science In A Minute – Making & Breaking Habits

Hello and welcome to PREKURE's weekly snippet of science, where on a weekly basis we share emergent research related to extending the human healthspan. MAKING & BREAKING HABITS   The excitement of a new year seems to have worn off a little and we are now into...

Building Your Health Coaching Business

Building Your Health Coaching Business

Remember to balance hustle with patience! Understand what business phase you are in. In general terms there are four phases that any business goes through: 1. I'm just starting – customer discovery (no paying clients) 2. I'm working out if I have a product market fit...

Science In A Minute – The Leaky Blood Brain Barrier

Science In A Minute – The Leaky Blood Brain Barrier

Hello and welcome to PREKURE's weekly snippet of science, where on a weekly basis we share emergent research related to extending the human healthspan. INTRODUCING THE LEAKY BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER   You've probably heard about leaky gut, it seems to be all the craze...

The PREKURE top 15 reads to kick start your 2022

The PREKURE top 15 reads to kick start your 2022

One thing our PREKURE community has in common, is our shared love of learning. And what better time to dive into a new read, and learn something new, than over the summer break. Our top 15 must reads to kick start your 2022 from the PREKURE Faculty and team:The Better...

Keto Mojito Recipe + Festive sweet treat guide

Keto Mojito Recipe + Festive sweet treat guide

Keto Mojito Serves 3–4 | carb count 1.0g (per serve). Recipe from What the Fat?, Schofield, Zinn & Rodger, 2017 Okay, there’s no rum in this so technically we shouldn’t call it a mojito, but we’ve got pretty close to the real deal!This mocktail is refreshing,...

Top tips for making successful New Year’s resolutions

Top tips for making successful New Year’s resolutions

It’s estimated that more than half of all New Year's resolutions fail, but that doesn’t have to be the case for you this time. Here’s how to identify the right resolution for you; how to create a plan and how to reach it.   Dream big and enjoy the journey There’s...

Low Carb Summer Berry Jelly Recipe

Low Carb Summer Berry Jelly Recipe

Summer berry jelly Serves 10–12 | carb count 2.6g (per serve). Recipe from What the Fat?, Schofield, Zinn & Rodger, 2017   A great recipe for the whole family to enjoy! Use prosecco for a sophisticated touch for adults, or a low-carb sparkling flavoured water...

Reduce anxiety & nurture your mental wellbeing

Reduce anxiety & nurture your mental wellbeing

It’s that time of year again - the season to be jolly. However, for many, getting into the Christmas spirit can be a challenge; it can often be a time of rising stress, anxiety and overwhelm. Maybe it’s a brimming social calendar that doesn’t leave enough time to rest...

COVID Science Update

COVID Science Update

It's been a massive week in the science surrounding COVID-19 with important studies published in both the Lancet and the British Medical Journal. PreKure's Chief Science Officer Prof Grant Schofield translates the latest studies and what they mean for you and your...

The Elephant in the Covid Room

The Elephant in the Covid Room

What are the lifestyle factors that have a massive impact on your health outcomes if you catch Covid? And what should you do to prepare yourself?   Tune into our podcast below, as Prof Grant Schofield talks with Paul Taylor, Neuroscientist, Exercise Physiologist,...

Could nutrition bridge the mental health treatment gap?

Could nutrition bridge the mental health treatment gap?

Prof Grant Schofield talks to Prof Julia Rucklidge about the mental health treatment gap, what the main problems are and how we could find a solution. The treatment gap is the number of people who are currently not receiving any treatment, but who struggle with a...

How to be the driver of your own health journey

How to be the driver of your own health journey

PreKure's Lead Coach, Sonya English, used to work at the bottom of the cliff in acute care medicine. Some days she feels guilt for leaving the healthcare system, but she has a strong belief that helping people find the knowledge and confidence to be the author or...

The Good News Show

The Good News Show

News you can use! The Good News Show is PREKURE's response to the mainstream bad news, which is appealing to your reptilian midbrain and your negativity bias. Instead, we bring you tools for a happy, healthy good life.  The Good News Show is brought to you by...

Why PreKure is giving me hope for the future of health

Why PreKure is giving me hope for the future of health

Why my journey with PreKure and working with the Faculty has made such a difference, and given me hope for the future for my family, and for the wider community.   For nearly 30 years, I've worked as a critical care nurse at the bottom of the cliff, where I see...

Reversing type 2 diabetes – Maria is on her way!

Reversing type 2 diabetes – Maria is on her way!

Maria Masterantonio swapped a 'work hard, play hard' lifestyle for healthier choices and is now well on her to way to reversing her type 2 diabetes.    By Maria Masterantonio, PreKure Health Coach student I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2015 at the age of 44,...

How do you coach yourself or your family? 

How do you coach yourself or your family? 

Coaching yourself is really hard. The reason is that we are so involved in our own lives, in our own emotions, and it’s difficult to be objective enough to coach yourself. You can think of it in a scenario where you can see clearly what someone else should do to be...

Start a weekly exercise plan

Start a weekly exercise plan

Exercise. Some of us thrive when we hear that word. Some of us cringe. It’s not strange that some of us are scared of it, because it's often got associated with visions of really intense and tough experiences, with people sweating heavily, struggling and grimacing....

Practical self-care tips for living in isolation

Practical self-care tips for living in isolation

By the PreKure Team In some areas, we're currently living in full lockdown or some stage of isolation. How can we manage ourselves in this period of insecurity and unpredictability? Here are 7 practical tips, in the form of questions, that can help keep us strong and...

Life in isolation – What brings you joy today?

Life in isolation – What brings you joy today?

How is your ‘staycation’ going? How are you coping? I remember a quote from Sir David Attenborough from last year's Covid-19 outbreak. This is what he had to say about it: "We don't need to think that if you catch coronavirus you might as well jump into a grave and...

5 easy steps to a strong immune system

5 easy steps to a strong immune system

We want to make sure we’re in the best possible condition to prevent getting Covid-19, or if we get it, be able to fight it off as soon as possible. The great news is, there are a number of things you can do to help your immune system stay strong. 1. Vitamin C Vitamin...

7 top tips for better mental wellbeing

7 top tips for better mental wellbeing

Cliff Harvey, clinical nutritionist, researcher and author, shares his top 7 techniques and routines for better mental wellbeing. Many years ago, when I was a kid, I was diagnosed with depression. That diagnose was later changed to bipolar disorder. I was suffering...

Is keto safe long-term?

Is keto safe long-term?

One of the most common nutrition questions is keto, or the ketogenic diet, safe long-term. Prof Grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn answer this question here. What we do know is this – low-carbohydrate diets, including ketogenic diets, improve people's health, and every...

Is Health Coaching the key to the future of healthcare?

Is Health Coaching the key to the future of healthcare?

PreKure Faculty member and New Zealand Primary Health Care GP of the Year, Dr Glen Davies has, at the time of writing, reversed 124 cases of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. Health coaching is at the centre of helping and supporting people in changing their...

Vitamin D helps fight Covid-19, says research

Vitamin D helps fight Covid-19, says research

Dr Catherine Crofts has co-authored a paper about the importance of getting your insulin levels down and keeping your vitamin D levels up to help with Covid-19. More than a quarter of New Zealanders have inadequate amounts of vitamin D throughout the winter period. I...

Science in a minute – Need more protein?

Science in a minute – Need more protein?

Prof Grant Schofield takes a look at this research paper, published in the Journal of Atherosclerosis, on the effects of protein - the forgotten macronutrient - and the difference that protein can make.     The study is centred around the protein leverage...

How to look and feel great, from the inside out

How to look and feel great, from the inside out

What we put into our bodies directly affects our physical appearance and has a significant impact on our skin, nails and hair, and on maintaining a youthful appearance (or not) as we age. The just-released book What the Face!, by Dr Caryn Zinn, Grant Schofield and...

A win for the future of health

A win for the future of health

It was a big night for PreKure, and the future of health, at the 2021 NZ Primary Health Care Awards! PreKure Faculty members, Dr Lily Fraser and Dr Glen Davies, were the two finalists for the GP of the year award. So we already knew we were winning!   GP of the...

PREKURE- Diabetes

PREKURE- Diabetes

What is PREKURE: Diabetes? It’s a 3-week programme designed for you to learn about diabetes. You’ll learn by following daily learning and you'll also learn by doing. The programme is based on the latest science and low-carb and keto diet principles, which are the most...

Health Coach Specialises in Multiple Sclerosis

Health Coach Specialises in Multiple Sclerosis

Magali Steffens is a PreKure Certified Health Coach, specialising in Multiple Sclerosis, autoimmunity and brain health. Magali's life took a sudden turn when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and she decided to learn everything she could about the condition....

How habits can help your mental wellbeing

How habits can help your mental wellbeing

Cliff Harvey, clinical nutritionist, researcher and author, talks about how setting up some good habits and taking ownership of our own mental wellbeing can make us feel better.   We've all gone through hard times and stuff has happened to us. I'm not going to go...

Does alcohol contain a lot of sugar?

Does alcohol contain a lot of sugar?

We put 10 of the most common nutrition questions to Prof Grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn. Here’s Question 9: Does alcohol contain a lot sugar? View questions 1-8 here.     This is one of the biggest myths out there. People think that when drinking alcohol,...

Easter chocolate overload? Here’s a tip.

Easter chocolate overload? Here’s a tip.

It's Easter time and the supermarkets are overflowing with Easter eggs. Here's a tip from Dr Catherine Crofts on how to handle the situation.     If you're like me, this time leading into Easter can be a real struggle. And I'm not talking about Lent. I'm...

PreKure launches 21-day mental wellbeing plan

PreKure launches 21-day mental wellbeing plan

Here at PreKure, we’re concerned about how our mental wellbeing is tracking in society as a whole. Because at a time in human history where we have more resources than ever before, we have trouble feeling as good as we could. So, we decided to do something about this,...

Why do you want to become a Health Coach?

Why do you want to become a Health Coach?

What is your reason for becoming a Health Coach? Because you are passionate about inspiring and helping people become the best they can be? Because a relative or friend is suffering from a chronic disease and you want to help? Because you want to add a whole-person...

4 ways to avoid holiday season stress

4 ways to avoid holiday season stress

With all the cooking, socialising, shopping and gift-giving, the holidays can feel more like trying to finish a marathon, than having time off with family and friends. Trying to meet expectations – real and imagined – can cause stress, and stress can in turn lead us...

Don’t let Christmas derail you

Don’t let Christmas derail you

Our dietitian, Dr Caryn Zinn, has a great tip for you on how to get through the next few weeks AND stick to your health goals… which can be really hard at this time of the year.  Get through the Christmas and New Year season with your health goals intact using the ‘3...

Men’s health: Burnt out? How to reclaim your health

Men’s health: Burnt out? How to reclaim your health

Kent Johns' focus is on men's health. Kent went through a patch of feeling stressed, burnt out and demotivated. A diet change sparked new energy and inspiration in him.   Through that path of self-discovery, I realised that this is what I actually want to do. I...

Weight loss – if you make a mistake, don’t give up!

Weight loss – if you make a mistake, don’t give up!

Today I want to talk to you about motivation and mistakes, because mistakes are inevitable, especially if you're on a weight loss journey. We are all going to make them. Whether it was yesterday, whether it's today, tomorrow or in the future, we're going to make...

Protein – where to find it and what works best?

Protein – where to find it and what works best?

PreKure’s dietitian, Dr Caryn Zinn, talks to us about eating different sorts of protein – meats and plant-based protein – and some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding this.  A common misconception about low-carb, healthy fat (LCHF) and keto, is that you've got...

Food logging apps – how and why to use them

Food logging apps – how and why to use them

Prof Grant Schofield talks about using food logging apps - to log what you're eating. Find out why they are helpful, how to use them, and which are Grant's favourites. Here's a quick tip about learning where the carbohydrates, fat and protein in your food come from....

How much water should I drink a day?

How much water should I drink a day?

How much water should we drink a day? You might have been told, “you must have 2 litres of water a day for optimal health”. Well, if you believe that, I’m sorry to burst your bubble - there is not one shred of evidence to support that as a guideline. Two important...

How to Build Resilience

How to Build Resilience

 What are your risk and Protective Factors? Resilience isn't really about removing the stress and stressors in our lives. It's about how we as individuals learn to deal with that stress or stressors effectively. So, what determines our resilience? What are the...

Fitness is Medicine

Fitness is Medicine

Prof Grant Schofield talks to us about fitness. Is fitness medicine? "I get asked a lot about fitness and diet. People pit the two against each other as two independently healthy behaviours - should you have a good diet or should you exercise? Hello? Would you rather...

Lockdown help and support

Lockdown help and support

If you are living in Auckland or if you're in Melbourne, we're back in lockdown. How are you feeling about it?   I was back to emotional eating.   I've got to tell you that I got a bit stressed when we went back into lockdown. I was back to emotional eating....

7 facts about stress you didn’t know about

7 facts about stress you didn’t know about

Reduce stress Find out why stress can be helpful, when it can lead to damage, and how to manage it. Dr Desiree Dickerson, PREKURE's Neuroscientist and Clinical Psychologist, shares facts about stress and tips how we can reduce it. I think it's really important to...

5 ways successful coaches use social media

5 ways successful coaches use social media

How to use social media to grow your business? Stephanie Moran, PreKure's IT platforms Manager, shares her top 5 tips.   1. Share your story – build a following  There are hundreds of thousands of coaches online. How do you stand out? Focus on your unique story...

Health coaching – be ‘Healthy You’ today!

Health coaching – be ‘Healthy You’ today!

Often in health coaching, ‘health’ is an end destination for people. It's to get somewhere. To counterbalance that, I encourage my clients to be healthy Bex’ or ‘healthy Lisa’ today. And what does that look like today? Let go of the expectation of a future need or a...

Build your health coaching business

Build your health coaching business

Build relationships PREKURE's Customer Care Advisor, Paula Ross, shares her top-5 tips for building great relationships, that will build your health coaching business. 1. Be genuine  Allow your authentic self to do the talking.  Be honest Be genuine Be you People...

Why is it so hard to lose weight?

Why is it so hard to lose weight?

Clinical Nutritionist Ben Warren talks about what's working against us when trying to lose weight. Why is it so hard to lose weight? There's a number of reasons for this. One of the first reasons is that calories are incredibly important for our survival. Through...

Weight Management Top Tips

Weight Management Top Tips

Clinical nutritionist Cliff Harvey shares his best tips for weight management. What are the key things we can do to be the healthiest and the happiest we can be, over the long term? Get strong This is one of the most important and under-appreciated points for managing...

What are calories and do I need to count them?

What are calories and do I need to count them?

I'd like to talk to you about energy and calories. Some basics about calories or kilojoules - a calorie or kilojoule is just a unit of energy. Carbohydrates, proteins, fats and alcohol supply you with energy or calories, whereas vitamins and minerals don't supply you...

What does a Health Coach do?

What does a Health Coach do?

What is a Health Coach and what do they do? PREKURE CEO Louise Schofield explains.PREKURE was established two years ago by a group of health and medical professionals, who really wanted to put prevention to the forefront of health care. We want a change from what is...

How to be your own weight loss coach

How to be your own weight loss coach

Weight loss is not just a destination, says Dr Carlo Bellini. It's what you do today that's going to empower you and get you there. How can we coach ourselves to lose weight? This is a challenging problem for so many people. Let me share with you my personal struggles...

Menopause and weight loss

Menopause and weight loss

Mikki Williden is a Registered Nutritionist and a Senior Lecturer at Unitec. What happens during menopause and why? Mikki Williden shares some dietary considerations if you experience symptoms. I've been working in the nutrition space for a good 20 years, helping...

Top tips for long lasting weight loss

Top tips for long lasting weight loss

Dr Caryn Zinn (Dietitian) shares her top strategies for losing weight and keeping it off, long-term.     The multidimensional approach is key to sustainable weight loss. You’ve got dietary management or dietary strategies. You've got exercise strategies and...

Amount of perceived control drives behaviour

Amount of perceived control drives behaviour

I saw this headline on CNN news - "New Zealand has come out of lockdown and gone to McDonald's." Let's deconstruct that. The first part that I want to share is, I have a bit of a penchant for Kentucky Fried Chicken. I think it's delicious. There are times in my life...

Behaviour change – Chronic disease vs Covid-19

Behaviour change – Chronic disease vs Covid-19

Behaviour change is hard. Eating healthier, stopping smoking, starting to exercise, increasing your activity - living a more healthy lifestyle is really, really hard. But with Covid-19, we can change our behaviour relatively quickly. Hand washing suddenly becomes more...

How the DBT rule can help you drink less

How the DBT rule can help you drink less

Want to change your behaviour around alcohol? Try the DBT rule. If you find yourself responding to emotions or tension with the need to drink, then I want you to try this - the DBT rule. I just made it up and it works for me. The D is for Distraction. I watched the...

What are we seeking to optimise for?

What are we seeking to optimise for?

We are in a rapidly changing landscape. Dynamic would be an understatement. I think that the phrase, ‘In some decades we only move weeks, but in some weeks we move decades’, is absolutely appropriate for what we're seeing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Let's look at what...

Take action to change your life!

Take action to change your life!

In the beginning of the isolation I wasn’t feeling so good. I was bonding with some good chocolate and some delicious food. But then I took action and now I've lost about five kilos! How did that happen? By taking action. In coaching, one of the principles we use is...

Fasting in lockdown – what are the benefits?

Fasting in lockdown – what are the benefits?

Dr Caryn Zinn talks to us about fasting – why people fast; different types of fasting; and fasting experiences during the lockdown. Why do people fast? Well, fasting goes right back to the Bible. People undertook fasting for spiritual or mental reasons. Fasting was...

Life after isolation – What are you going to change?

Life after isolation – What are you going to change?

It is Easter and this has got me thinking about a few things. Some people are getting cabin fever, they're feeling restricted and unsure about their emotions. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Hindu or not religious at all, Easter is a cultural celebration in many...

Kids’ Lockdown Cooking Challenge!

Kids’ Lockdown Cooking Challenge!

Join PreKureME Lockdown Edition for some immune-boosting self-improvement in self-isolation.   Libby Jenkinson from Ditch the Carbs brings us a kids' cooking challenge (works just as well for adults too). Check out these chaffle recipes, and a free chaffle...

How deadly is COVID-19?

How deadly is COVID-19?

We need broader and more accurate testing, says Grant Schofield. I've been following the recent news with interest, particularly around the numbers of Covid-19 cases in different countries. In New Zealand, as most of you know, we’re in lockdown for four weeks, with a...

Take care of your gut to boost your immune system

Take care of your gut to boost your immune system

Join PreKureME Lockdown Edition for some immune-boosting self-improvement in self-isolation.   Have you heard of the ‘gut-brain connection’ or the ‘gut-brain axis’? I want to talk to you about gut health, because it is very much related to what we're going...

What difference would better health make?

What difference would better health make?

What do I need to do to become healthy? The priorities that many of us have had a chance to think about in lockdown are the simple things. The simple things, such as eating whole, unprocessed food, which is very hard to do in this day and age. But it is clear that...

COVID-19: How can we thrive in lockdown?

COVID-19: How can we thrive in lockdown?

Each day for the foreseeable future we here at PreKure are coming to you live at 8PM New Zealand-time on Facebook to talk about issues regarding COVID-19. Visit us on Facebook.   In this video clip, Dr Carlo Bellini talks about the importance of leadership and...

COVID-19: How to cope in isolation

COVID-19: How to cope in isolation

Dr Desiree Dickerson, PreKure's clinical psychologist, shares some valuable tips for coping with isolation. I am writing to you from Spain, where we are in day 12 of isolation. In New Zealand, you’re about to go into the same thing.  Here in Spain, we are allowed to...

Living in lockdown – get some structure

Living in lockdown – get some structure

Each day for the foreseeable future we here at PreKure are coming to you live at 8PM New Zealand-time on Facebook to talk about issues regarding COVID-19. Visit us on Facebook.   Prof Grant Schofield talks about what works for his family - set up a structure that...

Face masks in the community

Face masks in the community

Hear from Sonya English, critical care outreach nurse, and PreKure Faculty member: 1. If you strictly follow the government recommended guidelines, masks are not needed. 2. N95 (specialist personnel protection equipment, PPE) masks should not be used by the public....

What new things have we learnt about COVID-19?

What new things have we learnt about COVID-19?

Each day for the foreseeable future we here at PreKure are coming to you live at 8PM New Zealand-time on Facebook to talk about issues regarding COVID-19. Go to our Facebook page here.   In this video clip, Prof Grant Schofield talks about the latest findings...

COVID-19: How to boost your immune system

COVID-19: How to boost your immune system

Each day for the foreseeable future we here at PreKure are coming to you live at 8PM New Zealand-time on Facebook to talk about issues regarding COVID-19. Go to our Facebook page here.   Dr Catherine Crofts has been a pharmacist for over 20 years. Read her blog...

COVID-19 Prevention – Supplements and Medications

COVID-19 Prevention – Supplements and Medications

What is known about supplements, medications and metabolic risk factors for Covid-19 prevention?   By Prof Grant Schofield, Public Health; George Henderson, Research writer; Dr Catherine Crofts, Pharmacist; Dr Glen Davies, GP; Dr Caryn Zinn, Dietitian  ...

Act as if you have the virus

Act as if you have the virus

Each day for the foreseeable future we here at PreKure are coming to you live at 8PM New Zealand-time on Facebook to talk about issues regarding COVID-19. Go to our Facebook page here.   "The best advice I've heard is to act as if you have the virus. You then can...

COVID-19: Self-care – Practical tips to manage

COVID-19: Self-care – Practical tips to manage

  By the PreKure Team   How can we manage ourselves in this period of fear, insecurity and unpredictability? Here are 7 practical tips, in the form of questions. Remember there will also be times of strength and love and confidence.   1. What am I...

COVID-19: Update from an Australian and NZ perspective

COVID-19: Update from an Australian and NZ perspective

Each day for the foreseeable future we here at PreKure are coming to you live at 8PM New Zealand-time on Facebook to talk about issues regarding COVID-19. Go to our Facebook page here.   If you've been following the news, you'll have seen that globally there is...

COVID-19: How to talk to your kids about it

COVID-19: How to talk to your kids about it

Each day for the foreseeable future we here at PreKure are coming to you live at 8PM New Zealand-time on Facebook to talk about issues regarding COVID-19. Go to our Facebook page here.   Dr. Desiree Dickerson, PreKure’s clinical psychologist, is living in Spain...

COVID-19: How to keep mentally well

COVID-19: How to keep mentally well

Each day for the foreseeable future we here at PreKure are coming to you live at 8PM New Zealand-time on Facebook to talk about issues regarding COVID-19. Go to our Facebook page here.   Dr. Desiree Dickerson, PreKure's clinical psychologist, is living in Spain...

COVID-19: Living in Spain in total lockdown

COVID-19: Living in Spain in total lockdown

"We need to consider the greater good here. This is a social justice issue"   PreKure's clinical psychologist, Dr Desiree Dickerson shares her very real experience from a locked-down Spain.   Each day for the foreseeable future we here at PreKure are coming...

What is a healthy diet?

What is a healthy diet?

We put 10 of the most common nutrition questions to Prof Grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn. Here’s question 3: What is a healthy diet?     A healthy diet is one that is low in human interference. In other words, it avoids the category of foods that we call...

Behaviour change: Start with the ‘why’

Behaviour change: Start with the ‘why’

I like to start with the 'why'. Simon Sinek is quite big in the business world, and he talks about if you started a new business or venture, actually – before you go very far – understand what the purpose is and why you want to do it. Sometimes when we talk about...

Coaching technique: How to ask power questions

Coaching technique: How to ask power questions

A power question is a question that is thought-provoking, and that gives power to conversations. We all have friends and acquaintances that, whenever you meet them, they just talk about themselves and you feel like you can't get a word in the conversation. Then there...

Low-fat vs low-carb. Vegan vs carnivore.

Low-fat vs low-carb. Vegan vs carnivore.

We need to embrace some humility By David Ludwig If you think about it, what we consider radical or mainstream or middle of the road, is all completely subjective. If the conventional thinking veers radically in one direction, for example like in the 1990s with the...

Nutrition and Health Coaching Tip

Nutrition and Health Coaching Tip

If you're just getting started in nutrition or health coaching, here is a great tip from Dr Caryn Zinn - practice and hone your consulting skills with friends or family to build you confidence. Start doing mock interviews! Watch the clip below from one of the...

Low-Carb Nutrition – Caryn’s bumpy journey there

Low-Carb Nutrition – Caryn’s bumpy journey there

Some of you know Dr Caryn Zinn as the wholefood, low-carb, healthy fat dietitian. What you might not know is that she's also been called 'The world's worst dietitian'. Caryn's journey towards a low-carb approach started seven years ago when having a conversation with...

How is sleep affected by electricity and wifi?

How is sleep affected by electricity and wifi?

Catherine Crofts went ‘off-grid’ to explore if and how her sleep changed when disconnected from the modern world. Find out what happened in her N=1 sleep study. We often hear the phrase “I’ll sleep when I am dead”, especially from people who are considered leaders....

Flippin Health Episode 13: Dr David Ludwig

Flippin Health Episode 13: Dr David Ludwig

Scientists – leave your ego at the door! “We have epidemics of diet-related disease that are threatening life expectancy, that are going to bankrupt the healthcare system. We need to get out of this egotistical debate about who’s right and who’s wrong, and try to work...

Flippin Health Episode 12: Dr Richard Babor

Flippin Health Episode 12: Dr Richard Babor

How Not to Get Cancer Richard Babor is an upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgeon at Counties Manukau District Health Board. In his clinic, the question of how not to get cancer, or ‘why did I get cancer’ comes up a lot. Nobody is to blame for getting cancer. But...

Reflections – A Time for Change

Reflections – A Time for Change

Reflections of my past 12 months with PreKure... To be a nurse is a privilege. It is to be part of the intricate human experience of infirm.  It is to trust and be trusted, and to deliver compassionate daily care. It is to listen and to learn. It is to act. What do I...

Flippin Health Episode 11: Dr Robert Szabo

Flippin Health Episode 11: Dr Robert Szabo

Want to Save the Planet? Don’t Blame the Cows. Dr Robert Szabo, a Melbourne-based GP, started low carb clinic four years ago, helping patients who are looking to reverse insulin resistance and adopt a low carb diet to improve their health. He is also a well-researched...

Flippin Health Episode 10: Dr Carlo Bellini

Flippin Health Episode 10: Dr Carlo Bellini

The Future of Health “I think there is a massive opportunity for leaders within health to really open their minds about how we can do things differently.” Dr Carlo Bellini, PreKure’s Lead Coach, takes us on a journey from Perth to Oxford, from medical studies to...

Flippin Health Episode 09: Professor Julia Rucklidge

Flippin Health Episode 09: Professor Julia Rucklidge

Food, Your Brain and You Julia Rucklidge is a professor of clinical psychology who has spent the last 10 researching the interface between nutrition and mental illness, using micronutrients as the way to test and look at the relationship between the two. “13% of the...

Is Cardio Bad for You?

Is Cardio Bad for You?

Guest Blog Post by PreKure Health Coach Certificate Student: Mitch Mullooly Mitch is a Paramedic with St John New Zealand, Chair of Paramedics Australasia, the professional body for Paramedicine, and a Health and Wellness Coach, who is currently completing the PreKure...

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day

One of the 4 biggest chronic conditions crippling the healthcare system is type 2 diabetes. Which is largely preventable. Today is World Diabetes Day, and here at PreKure we want to spread the word that we CAN, and we ARE doing something about this. PreKure is a...

Cliff Harvey’s Suggestion to Mindfulness

Cliff Harvey’s Suggestion to Mindfulness

  During his podcast episode with Grant and George, "quiet change maker" Cliff Harvey gets the question on what he concentrates on for his health and well-being. And his number one is a mindfulness practice. In the fourth episode of the Flippin Health podcast, we...

The Impact of Menopause on Women’s Health

The Impact of Menopause on Women’s Health

Guest Blog Post by PreKure Health Coach Certificate Student: Michelle Bishop wellhealthyyou.nz My name is Michelle Bishop and I am a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach based on the Hibiscus Coast north of Auckland. Ilove learning...

The 10 Rules of Fasting

The 10 Rules of Fasting

Dr Caryn Zinn shares her top-10 fasting tips for making your fasting journey a pleasant one. 10 Fasting Tips: Rules to Follow These are not necessarily rules, and even if they were, there could be lots more than 10. But these are the 10 things that I think can be...

Who Should Consider Fasting? Almost everyone.

Who Should Consider Fasting? Almost everyone.

What are the benefits of intermittent fasting and is it for everyone? Dr Catherine Crofts takes a look at the evidence around different types of fasting for improved health. Who Should Consider Intermittent Fasting? Almost everyone. Fasting for some people might feel...

Season 1, Episode 8: The Fat Ginger Nerd

Season 1, Episode 8: The Fat Ginger Nerd

Brendan Reid: The Fat Ginger Nerd Brendan Reid isn't shy about starting the conversation on nutrition and lifestyle by sharing his life story. When he was born in 1978, he admits he was a big baby of nine pounds and six ounces. In the 80s he was one of the fat kids in...

Season 1, Episode 5: Riding the Wave of Change

Season 1, Episode 5: Riding the Wave of Change

Welcome to the fifth episode of Flippin Health podcast! For this episode, we're joined by Dietitian Dr Caryn Zinn. Registered dietitian in New Zealand, a senior lecturer, and a clinical practitioner. She is also an author, alongside Professor Grant Schofield and Chef...

Season 1, Episode 4: Quiet Change Maker

Season 1, Episode 4: Quiet Change Maker

For the fourth episode of Flippin Health, George and Grant are joined by the "quiet change maker" Cliff Harvey. He's a researcher, clinical nutritionist, strength coach. He began with low-carb and keto diets back in 1998. He was also an athlete when he started out...

Season 1, Episode 3: New Zealand’s Ketotown

Season 1, Episode 3: New Zealand’s Ketotown

 New Zealand's Ketotown Our third podcast and episode features Dr Glen Davies. He's a general practitioner from Taupo, New Zealand. Part of his accomplishments is fundamentally changing his medical practice and approaching it with whole lifestyle, not just a...

What is resilience?

What is resilience?

What is resilience? Are we born with it? What can we do to strengthen it? Dr Desiree Dickerson, PreKure’s Neuroscientist and Clinical Psychologist, takes a look at the definitions. How do we define resilience? It's a term that we use a lot in everyday language. Dr...

Season 1, Episode 2: Ditcher of Carbs

Season 1, Episode 2: Ditcher of Carbs

For the second episode of Flippin Health's podcasts, Grant and George are accompanied by Libby Jenkinson. She is the founder of Ditch the Carbs. She is also a pharmacist and a mother of three. What is Ditch the Carbs? Ditch the Carbs is a recipe website where Libby...

Season 1, Episode 1: What The Flip

Season 1, Episode 1: What The Flip

 For our first ever episode of the first season of the Flippin Health Podcast, we've got Grant Schofield and George Henderson on air. What exactly is Flippin Health? As Grant and George explain, Flippin Health is an arm of PreKure, which is a wordplay on "prevention...

Fat was my normal – a story of weight loss

Fat was my normal – a story of weight loss

By Brendan Reid, PreKure Certified Health Coach How did the journey to becoming a Health Coach start for me? I found that I had learned so much along the course of my own weight loss journey over the last few years. It very much mirrored what I had done with IT when I...

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Why Practising Medicine gives me Joy again By Dr Glen Davies I have been inspired by Simon Sinek, who asks us to be clear about our ‘Why’. He says most individuals and businesses know ‘What’ they do, most know ‘How’ they do it, but very few know ‘Why’ they do it. Let...

95% of hypertension is of an unknown cause. Really?!

95% of hypertension is of an unknown cause. Really?!

  95% of hypertension is of an unknown cause. Really?! It's common medical understanding that 'the primary cause of hypertension is unknown in 95% of cases'. This has always seemed puzzling. How is one of the most common conditions affecting people, of an unknown...

How Harry Died

How Harry Died

When I first walked into Harry's room in the intensive care unit on a morning shift, I could feel his palpable Mana. Harry was clearly a man of importance in his community. Many of his whānau were present and busying themselves tidying his belongings, anxious as to...

Shape Your Story: Have Courageous Conversations

Shape Your Story: Have Courageous Conversations

According to current New Zealand Ministry of Health data: overall people are living longer. However, the proportion of years people spend dependant on others owing to poor health, is increasing. Often, that poor health is spent incapacitated, attending frequent...

8 Lifestyle Lessons from the Cat

8 Lifestyle Lessons from the Cat

Sometimes the simplest lessons on how to live a healthy life come from the nature around us. Take my maine coon cat for example. Maineflame Atarangi, commonly known as Rangi. When you look at how he spends much of his life, keeping good health becomes...

Why your medical practice needs a Health Coach

Why your medical practice needs a Health Coach

Great to see the American Medical Association recently endorsing Health Coaching in GP clinics. Change is happening and it is happening faster than we think. Lifestyle medicine is the medicine of the future. Health coaches are at the forefront of this...

A Career in Health Coaching

A Career in Health Coaching

If you’ve ever reached the end of the work day only to realise that you haven’t really done anything worthwhile today, here’s what you can do about it. If you are a stay-at-home mum or dad, loving it but also worried about standing still and stagnating with your...

Cocksy on Pharmac

Cocksy on Pharmac

One of our favourite supporters, Cocksy, left us with a great idea for Pharmac. He found that once he was on prescribed drugs the system didn’t seem to work in the patient's favour if the drug didn’t work for them. Cocksy’s solution was to fund the...

Got 2 Minutes? Move

Got 2 Minutes? Move

If you've got 2 minutes, the best thing you can probably do with it is move your body. Our 2-minute workout incorporates 4 “natural” movements of humans:1. Stretching and standing tall2. Squatting3. Crouching and lunging4. Cross-legged sitting These real...

Mockito Recipe

Mockito Recipe

Alcohol and your Health The idea that alcohol, especially red wine, prevents heart disease might have some truth, but in reality, alcohol does cause harm, even in quite small amounts. Ditch and switch to this refreshing and easy peasy Mockito!Ingredients: 1 litre of...

Radical Thinking

Radical Thinking

Every so often news arises in the media of someone cured of their cancer, or at least having a prolonged remission that wasn’t’ expected. Recently a book called Radical Remission piqued my interest and it seems timely to share it with you. Author Kelly A Turner worked...

International Day of Happiness

International Day of Happiness

International Day of Happiness - March 20th Today is International Day of Happiness and this year's theme is Happier Together, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us.Which couldn't be more appropriate after the horrific attack last...

Is eating too many eggs linked to heart disease?

Is eating too many eggs linked to heart disease?

There was a prominent article in the Sunday Star Times yesterday about eating too many eggs being linked to heart disease.   The article referred to this investigation published in Jama Network: 'Associations of Dietary Cholesterol or Egg Consumption With Incident...

Brain Awareness Week – Day 7 – NOSTALGIA

Brain Awareness Week – Day 7 – NOSTALGIA

Welcome to Day 7, the final day of Brain Awareness Week 2019. Today is a feel-good note to end on – the power of reminiscing and nostalgia! Thank you for following us here for Brain Awareness Week. It has been a pleasure. Remember that your brain feeds off...

Brain Awareness Week – Day 6 – SOCIALISING

Brain Awareness Week – Day 6 – SOCIALISING

This is Day 6 of Brain Awareness Week 2019 and this may be my favourite tip of all…. SOCIALISING!Tomorrow is the last day of Brain Awareness Week – so remember to tune in!* Desiree Dickerson, PhD is a neuroscientist and clinical psychologist who translates...

Brain Awareness Week – Day 5 – STRESS

Brain Awareness Week – Day 5 – STRESS

Today is Day 5 of Brain Awareness Week and we’re looking at stress – in all its forms – the helpful and the harmful!Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for yet another brain healthy strategy to help keep you mentally sharp and your brain resilient to life’s...

Brain Awareness Week – Day 4 – EXERCISE

Brain Awareness Week – Day 4 – EXERCISE

Today is Day 4 of Brain Awareness Week 2019 - EXERCISE.Hear from our Neuroscientist and Clinical Psychologist, Dr Desiree Dickerson, about the impacts of exercise on your memory, attention, and long-term brain health.Stay tuned! Tomorrow we talk more about...

Brain Awareness Week – Day 3 – SLEEP

Brain Awareness Week – Day 3 – SLEEP

It’s Day 3 of Brain Awareness Week 2019! Today we look at the essential role of sleep in maintaining peak cognitive performance, for nurturing neural connections, and for reducing risks of dementia.   Keep following us each day this week as we talk about...

Brain Awareness Week – Day 2 – LEARNING

Brain Awareness Week – Day 2 – LEARNING

Welcome to Day 2 of Brain Awareness Week 2019. Today we’ll talk about the need to challenge our brains and keep them healthy and resilient through constant learning.Tomorrow Desiree will bring you another science-based lifestyle strategy to improve your...

Brain Awareness Week – Day 1 – BRAIN BASICS

Brain Awareness Week – Day 1 – BRAIN BASICS

Welcome to Day 1 of Brain Awareness Week! BRAIN BASICS. Today Dr Desiree Dickerson, PreKure’s Neuroscientist and Clinical Psychologist, will talk about your brain’s ability to change and grow and adapt. Each day this week, Desiree will be bringing you science-based...

Why Sleep is Medicine

Why Sleep is Medicine

Sleep is the foundation for good health. The pillars of good health which consist of a nutritious diet, exercise and good mental health rest on this foundation. Poor sleep makes these pillars much harder to achieve. The majority of people in the world need at least 7...

Cocksy on the doctor-patient relationship

Cocksy on the doctor-patient relationship

Following on from John Tamihere's article last week in the NZ Herald 'New Zealand's healthcare fit for museum, not hospital' (https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...) we wanted to share a video of our friend Cocksy again.Here he shares his thoughts on our...

Science in a Minute: Ultraprocessed Foods

Science in a Minute: Ultraprocessed Foods

Dr Catherine Crofts reviews the latest research published in JAMA Internal Medicine linking, for the first time, the consumption of processed foods and a higher risk of death.As Dr Catherine explains, although it is a no-brainer, for the first time we have...

PreKure Connect Guidelines

PreKure Connect Guidelines

Friends are Medicine   Here at PreKure we believe that other people matter. We believe that humans are social creatures and we are hardwired to be emphatic (through mirror neutrons) and altruistic. We beleive having a social network of friends and...

Dr Caryn Zinn talks fibre

Dr Caryn Zinn talks fibre

Listen in as our Dietitian, Dr Caryn Zinn, talks fibre.   1. What is fibre?2. Where do we get it from?3. How much do we need? If any?4. Why do we need it?5. Key controversies Here's a link to our nutrition course Caryn mentions, and instructs PK102: Nutrition

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

SCIENCE IN A MINUTE: Dr Caryn Zinn reviews the latest research published in the British Medical Journal comparing breakfast eaters to non-breakfast eaters and the effects on weight and energy intake.Is the current mantra 'Breakfast is the most important...

Blueprint for the Primary Prevention of Cancer

Blueprint for the Primary Prevention of Cancer

A Summary of the American Society of Cancer’s Blueprint for the Primary Prevention of Cancer A recent series of articles has appeared in the “A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2018” describing trends in cancer rates, scientific evidence on cancer prevention, early...

PreKure Sleep Guidelines

PreKure Sleep Guidelines

Sleep is Medicine At PreKure we believe sleeping is good for you. We believe that regular good quality sleep increases your quantity and quality of life. Sleeping has both deep sleep and rem (dream) sleep. Both are critical for mental and physical health, and are...

Learn how to eat healthily in 45 seconds!

Learn how to eat healthily in 45 seconds!

How do you cut through the confusion and know how to eat healthily? Our Dietician Caryn Zinn gives us her top tips, including walking around the outside of the supermarket, having a full fridge, empty pantry and going low human interference. If you want to read more...

PreKure Food Guidelines

PreKure Food Guidelines

Food is medicine Every single cell in your body depends on what you put in your mouth. For the last 50 years, we’ve been formally guiding people on how to eat. We’ve been telling them what percentage of each nutrient, and how many servings from each food...

3 Week Fitness Plan

3 Week Fitness Plan

Get started back into fitness this year the PreKure way! We've put together for you a little pack containing: Our PreKure Fitness Guidelines - based on science Beginners to intermediate level 3 Week Fitness Plan -  to help get you into #fitnessismedicine....

Wishing you health & happiness this Christmas

Wishing you health & happiness this Christmas

We want to wish you a truly healthy and happy Christmas this year. The Christmas and New Year holiday season is a great time to work on some on the non-physical aspects of our health & happiness. A time to step away from work stresses and relax mentally, and often...

PreKure Fitness Guidelines

PreKure Fitness Guidelines

Fitness is Medicine Here at PreKure we believe being fit is good for you. That being fit increases your quantity and quality of life.Fitness has 7 components (the seven s’s), and you can choose to emphasise different components depending on your...

What is the best diet for maintaining weight loss?

What is the best diet for maintaining weight loss?

SCIENCE IN A MINUTE: @Caryn Zinn Nutrition reviews the latest Lifestyle Medicine research released two weeks ago in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on weight-loss maintenance. Which diet works best for maintaining weight loss? Find out... #foodismedicine...

Can you exercise too much, can you be too fit?

Can you exercise too much, can you be too fit?

    SCIENCE IN A MINUTE: Professor Grant Schofield reviews the latest Lifestyle Medicine research released this week in JAMA Open Cardiology on fitness and all-cause mortality (fitness and the risk of dying of anything). Can you exercise too much, can you be...

Sleep is Medicine

Sleep is Medicine

One thing Lisa believes we are not talking about enough is sleep. Sleep Medicine is a rapidly evolving science. When we sleep our immune system is most active. If you're sleep deprived your Natural killer cells, or NK cells, which patrol the body removing...

Diabetes is a lifestyle disease

Diabetes is a lifestyle disease

November 14th is World Diabetes Day – a day to promote action to confront diabetes as a global health issue. Over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes, which is a lifestyle disease. What that means...

These top 5 chronic diseases are lifestyle diseases

These top 5 chronic diseases are lifestyle diseases

Listen in as Tim asks Professor Grant Schofield about the top 5 lifestyle diseases in under 10 minutes. Cancer, CVD, Stroke, Diabetes, or Dementia...which one is coming for you? The big five killers of human life...what are they and what are their root...

Cocksy on being fit

Cocksy on being fit

Cocksy talks to us about his thoughts on #FitnessIsMedicine and #PrescriptionsForLiving. In this video, he shares his thoughts on the importance of getting and keeping fit to help fight cancer best. He likens it to the mindset and core values of an All Black (of...

6 Steps to Lower Heart Disease Risk

6 Steps to Lower Heart Disease Risk

The Cholesterol Myth As a pharmacist, I have lost count over the years of the number of conversations I have had with people who are concerned about their “high cholesterol” which increases their heart disease risk. Cholesterol has had a bad name since the very flawed...

Introducing the PreKure Food Guidelines

Introducing the PreKure Food Guidelines

Food is medicine. Every single cell in your body depends on what you put in your mouth. For the last 50 years, we’ve been formally guiding people how to eat. We’ve been telling them what percentage of each nutrient, and how many servings from each food group they...

Fitness Is Medicine

Fitness Is Medicine

What’s more important to you – your left arm or your right foot? What would you rather keep if you had to lose one or the other? It’s a stupid question I know. Because both are independently useful and important. Yet I’m asked a very similar question all the time....

Choosing a Diet

Choosing a Diet

Professor Grant Schofield and Dietitian Caryn Zinn breakdown the facts and myths behind the different diets out there. Learn more about the diet you fuel yourself with, and about why we eat what we eat.

Close to Death… John ‘Cocksy’ Cocks

Close to Death… John ‘Cocksy’ Cocks

Professor Grant Schofield has a powerful conversation with much-loved TV builder John 'Cocksy' Cocks about his battle with terminal cancer. When you are closer to death there is some very revealing information about how to live.