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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...

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...

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...

Health Coach of the week – Ree George

Health Coach of the week – Ree George

Ree George is a PreKure Certified Health Coach specialising in burnout, anxiety and addictive behaviours. By Ree George I work with clients who are experiencing disordered eating, have been diagnosed with anxiety or depression, or have a curiosity about the role...

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 21-day plan – join us in June

PreKure: Diabetes 21-day plan – join us in June

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,...

Personal trainer connects physical and mental wellbeing

Personal trainer connects physical and mental wellbeing

Telesia Fa Macnamara, Personal Trainer and PreKure Certified Health Coach, found there was a gap between physical and mental wellbeing. In her job as a PT, she wanted to help people get physically healthier, and also help them to better mental wellbeing - connecting...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Health Coach of the week – Tracy Steuart

Health Coach of the week – Tracy Steuart

Health Coach and Registered Nurse, Tracy Steuart, has been helping patients in primary care make healthy lifestyle changes for nearly 6 years. She’s now seeing her own patients in the practice.   How did you originally become interested in health and lifestyle...

Health Coach of the week – Gay Rutherford

Health Coach of the week – Gay Rutherford

By Heart Health Coach, Gay Rutherford Healthy ageing, not diseased. Dying of contentment, not illness. Keeping active in my family to enjoy my grandchildren’s children. By the time I got to my sixties I assumed, like my friends, that I was reasonably healthy. I was...

Health Coach of the week – Telesia Fa Macnamara

Health Coach of the week – Telesia Fa Macnamara

Telesia Fa Macnamara has combined health coaching with her personal training job - what a combo! She's really walking the talk, by making her own lifestyle changes and now helping others do the same. How did you originally become interested in health and lifestyle...

Health Coach of the week – Bec Withnall

Health Coach of the week – Bec Withnall

Bec Withnall’s passion for health and wellness is all about helping others find their light and letting them shine. Her company, Stones Throw, focuses on leadership and team building. “Leaders need to be making their mental health and wellbeing a priority,” she says....

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...

Health Coach of the week – Bridget Judd

Health Coach of the week – Bridget Judd

Bridget and her colleague Nikki run a women’s wellness haven, Nourishing You, offering one-on-one coaching, workshops, and women’s wellness. Their focus is all about helping and guiding women towards reaching their health goals for themselves and their families....

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....

Health Coach of the week – Jenny Malcolm

Health Coach of the week – Jenny Malcolm

This week, we have the amazing Jenny Malcolm, as our PreKure Graduate of the Week!   Jenny's passion lies in behaviour change and empowering her clients! She used her coaching skills from her extensive toolbox to help people understand what makes them tick. And as she...

Health Coach of the week – Amy Mayhill

Health Coach of the week – Amy Mayhill

The amazing Amy Mayhill is our PreKure Grad of the week! Amy, based in Sydney, has recently started a new program, aimed at empowering young woman. We can't wait to see where this takes you Amy, and how much you will change the lives of many young women. See more...

Health Coach of the week – Louise Walker

Health Coach of the week – Louise Walker

Dr Louise Walker is a GP with a passion for lifestyle medicine. Louise is a PreKure Certified Health Coach and she has also completed further nutrition studies with us here at PreKure, as well as completed two of our health challenges with amazing results.   By...

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...

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...

Health Coach of the week – Kent Johns

Health Coach of the week – Kent Johns

From breakfast radio announcer to Health Coach - Kent’s own lifestyle changes sparked his interest in health and helping other people see their way out of the maze they've been in.   How did you originally become interested in health and lifestyle medicine? I started...

Health Coach of the week – Susan Harbers (Melbourne)

Health Coach of the week – Susan Harbers (Melbourne)

Susan Harbers left the corporate world to begin her career in health and wellbeing. In the middle of Melbourne lockdown, she is launching her new health coaching business.   How did you originally become interested in health and lifestyle medicine? From a young...

Health Coach of the week – Kirsten Rose

Health Coach of the week – Kirsten Rose

Kirsten is a Physiotherapist, Crossfit Coach, Health Coach and mum of two. She has a passion for helping clients who feel like they are "starting from scratch", whether that be after an injury, illness or life event. She truly believes that it's the simple things that...

Health Coach of the week – Darren Cash

Health Coach of the week – Darren Cash

Thank you, Darren, you’ve given me back my man! It is feedback like this from the wives and partners of his clients, or the clients themselves, that gets Darren Cash up in the morning! Darren is both a Certified Health Coach and Consultant Civil Engineer. Putting...

Health Coach of the week – Michelle Bishop

Health Coach of the week – Michelle Bishop

I've been interested in nutrition, neurology and positive psychology for 25 years, driven by my own personal ups and downs through various health challenges.   PreKure's NZQA Level 5 certificate, along with my four years experience as a community support worker,...

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....

Health Coach of the week – Carey Giddens

Health Coach of the week – Carey Giddens

Carey Giddens has studied Remedial Massage Therapy, Organisational Psychology and Exercise Rehabilitation; he has run a sports nutrition store, and he's a former top-level athlete! Carey now uses his knowledge from Health Coaching to run physio clinics in New Zealand...

Depression and anxiety – how to improve the situation

Depression and anxiety – how to improve the situation

By Dr Chris Reid, GP What is poor mental health? As a GP, I often see people who say, "But I'm not depressed, doctor". Because the public often have a perception that depression has to mean someone who's looking and feeling miserable, crying all the time. But of...

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...

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...

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...

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 for weigh loss?     Is counting calories important for weight loss? Great question. And we can answer it in several ways....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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: 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: 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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, 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...

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...

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.