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Health Coach of the week – Jared Cannons

Health Coach of the week – Jared Cannons

Jared has made a big change in his community teaching keto/LCHF cooking classes for whānau at Turuki Health. Now working as a Health Coach, Jared continues to help whānau make positive health and wellbeing choices. How did you originally become interested in health...

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...

Drinking alcohol – 5 lessons I’ve learnt this year

Drinking alcohol – 5 lessons I’ve learnt this year

So, what really happens in your body when you drink alcohol? Let's be honest here, alcohol (that first glass of wine or beer) after work or when you are out with your mates does momentarily make you feel good. The alcohol has artificially stimulated the 'pleasure...

Health Coach of the week – Shelley Smith

Health Coach of the week – Shelley Smith

Health Coach graduate Shelley Smith left the corporate world to focus on health, wellness and waking up with purpose and energy - and how to help others achieve the same! In my 20's my mantra was "I'll sleep when I'm dead". I worked in the fast-paced world of...

Is fasting for me? Take our fasting test.

Is fasting for me? Take our fasting test.

Is the concept of ‘fasting’ – and perhaps even the word itself – too confronting to even think about, let alone contemplate doing? Does the thought of not eating automatically conjure up negative thoughts, such as hunger and discomfort?   We’ve become so...

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 Carlo’, or healthy Bex’ or ‘healthy Lisa’ today. And what does that look like today? Let go of the expectation of...

Health Coach of the week – Anya Bell

Health Coach of the week – Anya Bell

PreKure Health Coach graduate Anya Bell is doing some big things for the health of young Kiwis and their families.    How did you originally become interested in health and lifestyle medicine? My family has always been interested in following a holistic lifestyle...

Dietary guidelines – what’s wrong with them?

Dietary guidelines – what’s wrong with them?

We put 10 of the most common nutrition questions to Prof Grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn. Here’s question 8: What's wrong with our dietary guidelines?     Unfortunately, we've decided over the last 40-50 years to demonise fat, concentrate on macronutrients...

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 and what is health coaching?

What does a Health Coach do and what is health coaching?

What is the difference between a Health Coach and a Health Navigator. 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...

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...

Weight loss success – full fridge, empty pantry

Weight loss success – full fridge, empty pantry

Generally, for most of us, the first couple of days on a new diet or health challenge, is sort of that honeymoon period. We're all fired up. We're committed. We're good to go. But then, for almost all of us, it gets a bit hard, and it's harder to stay on the eating...

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...

The three levers of weight loss

The three levers of weight loss

How can we stay in good shape, asks Prof Grant Schofield. Or, if you've put on a few kilos, how to get back to your fighting prime? For most of us, that's a daily struggle. Dr Peter Attia has an interesting framework around this, which I think is a great way of...

Do stress and sleep affect weight loss?

Do stress and sleep affect weight loss?

We put 10 of the most common nutrition questions to Prof Grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn. Here’s question 7: Do stress and sleep affect what and how we eat?     Undoubtedly, these are two of the most untalked about, unrecognised behaviours in having a...

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...

Do calories matter for weight loss?

Do calories matter for weight loss?

We put 10 of the most common nutrition questions to Prof Grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn. Here’s question 6: Do calories matter?   Is counting calories important for weight loss? Great question. And we can answer it in several ways. According to the low-carb...

Should I avoid dairy products?

Should I avoid dairy products?

We put 10 of the most common nutrition questions to Prof Grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn. Here’s question 4: Should people avoid dairy products?     If you struggle with eating dairy products - if you have some kind of gut-related negative symptom from...

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...

Where to now – Macca’s?

Where to now – Macca’s?

Prof Grant Schofield talks about coming out of lockdown and what the next steps are. Should we still be trying to eliminate an endemic virus? And why are we not talking about metabolic health? If we go back six weeks, we learnt that Covid-19 had spread outside of...

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...

Why aren’t we talking about metabolic health?

Why aren’t we talking about metabolic health?

I’d like to ask you three questions that we still don't know the answer to. I'd like to know that answer because I think it would help us get to a better place. Question 1: What is the denominator? Whenever we have cases of an illness or a disease and it has bad...

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?

Join PreKureME Lockdown Edition for some immune-boosting self-improvement in self-isolation.   What does renewal look like for you? How can you come out of this period of isolation better than you went in? Dr Carlo Bellini shares some great tips and his personal...

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...

Immunity and food – 5 easy steps

Immunity and food – 5 easy steps

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...

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...

Why sleep is important to your health

Why sleep is important to your health

Join PreKureME Lockdown Edition for some immune-boosting self-improvement in self-isolation.   Sleep. It’s amazing how this non-functional state, where we're out to the world and we're open to predation, or at least historically we have been, is so important. In...

How can YOU be the Health Coach in your bubble?

How can YOU be the Health Coach in your bubble?

Join PreKureME Lockdown Edition for some immune-boosting self-improvement in self-isolation.   Learn some coaching techniques to use in lockdown. How can you be the coach for your family, friends, the people closest to you, or your community? Watch Dr Carlo...

Eat, sleep, move, have fun and keep learning

Eat, sleep, move, have fun and keep learning

Join PreKureME Lockdown Edition for some immune-boosting self-improvement in self-isolation.   Let’s make sure we come out of isolation in our little bubbles, healthier and in better shape than we started. We might as well take that opportunity. Here at PreKure,...

What positive difference would better health make for you?

What positive difference would better health make for you?

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...

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've found myself in the last few days actually wanting to avoid the news because it feels like there is a lot of scaremongering and sensationalism and it's really hard to keep my positive thoughts. The little bit of...

Free challenge: PreKureME Lockdown Edition

Free challenge: PreKureME Lockdown Edition

PreKure is launching a free 3-week challenge - PreKureME Lockdown Edition. This is a new take on PreKure's free behaviour-change programme PreKureME. Now more than ever, you’ll want to be focusing on prevention and your health. PreKureME Lockdown Edition is a 21-day...

COVID-19: The ‘new normal’ needs to better than the old

COVID-19: The ‘new normal’ needs to better than the old

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.   We've got time now to slow down. We've got time to spend with our families and our...

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: What is the denominator?

COVID-19: What is the denominator?

That is the question that I think we should all be thinking very carefully about when we're thinking about COVID-19 and what it means for us. Exactly how dangerous is this thing? What does it mean for us? What should we do with the data we're receiving and should we...

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: What is exponential growth?

COVID-19: What is exponential growth?

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.   Using grains of rice, Dr Carlo Bellini demonstrates the frightening rate at...

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  ...

COVID-19: Suppression is the only strategy

COVID-19: Suppression is the only strategy

- because it's the only tool we've got. Suppressing the spread of COVID-19 will give us much more capability in our hospitals to deal with sick people. And most importantly, it will buy us time to develop antivirals that work, or vaccines that work. Watch this video...

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 COVID-19 and what can you do today?

What is COVID-19 and what can you do today?

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 these challenging and unsettling times of COVID-19, there is an abundance...

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 ultra-processed...

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...

Can I eat bread if I’m on a low-carb or keto diet?

Can I eat bread if I’m on a low-carb or keto diet?

We put 10 of the most common nutrition questions to Prof Grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn. Here's question 2: Can I eat bread if I'm on a low-carb or keto diet? It depends on how much bread. The idea with a low-carb or a ketogenic diet is that you are sufficiently...

Getting back into working out again after a long break

Getting back into working out again after a long break

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...

How much red meat should I eat?

How much red meat should I eat?

We put 10 of the most common nutrition questions to Prof Grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn. Here's Question 1: How much red meat should I eat?   The implication there is that red meat is bad for you and we should limit it, otherwise something bad will happen to us,...

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...

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...

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...

5-day fast – here’s the what, why and how

5-day fast – here’s the what, why and how

Why would you go on a 5-day fast? How do you get there and what are the benefits of doing it? . . Grant and Louise Schofield talk about their recent 5-day fast and the nutrition journey leading up to it. . . This podcast is...

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...

Dream Sleep vs Deep Sleep

Dream Sleep vs Deep Sleep

By Professor Grant Schofield What happens when we sleep? Let’s have a look at the sleep cycles, particularly dream sleep vs deep sleep (or Rapid Eye Movement and non-REM) in humans and other animals. At the start of the night, you're in a light sleep. You're...

Ageing and Circadian Rhythm

Ageing and Circadian Rhythm

By Professor Grant Schofield So, let's just take it from the start. Before a baby is born, when you'll feel it kicking around and moving - which is all very exciting - interestingly, the baby is probably asleep and dreaming. They haven't developed the paralysis of...

Season 1, Episode 7: The Sceptical Epidemiologist

Season 1, Episode 7: The Sceptical Epidemiologist

For our seventh episode, Dr. Simon Thornley joins George and Grant. He is a public health physician and a PhD qualified epidemiologist. What also defines this man is his brilliant mind and his ability to unpack and deal with research, what the research means, and...

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...

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 definition of resilience. . What is resilience? By Dr Desiree Dickerson How do we define resilience?...

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...

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...

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 the PreKureME 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 if...

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...

Tip for Easter Chocolate Overload

Tip for Easter Chocolate Overload

Want to know our #1 tip for chocolate eating over Easter?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 chocolate overload at Easter.

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. You'll learn more about this on our FREE PreKureME challenge, designed to help you...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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,...

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...

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

Click here to download our PreKure Connect Guidelines in .pdf format.  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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.