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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

We're down to our eighth podcast and we're joined by Brendan Reid. 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...

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 PreKure habits program,...

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.