Prevention is Cure Podcast

Meet PREKURE’s resident Psychologist Sophia Dawson

Registered Psychologist, BA (Hons), BSc, PGDipPsychPrac Sophia is a Psychologist who has a passion for nutritional psychology and holistic wellbeing. Sophia is the founder of Bloomers Psychology, a private teletherapy service providing psychological support for those...

Meet the Chief Science Officer, Professor Grant Schofield

Grant Schofield is the Professor of Public Health at Auckland University of Technology, director of the University’s Human Potential Centre, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Education in New Zealand, co-author of four best-selling books and Chief...

Meet Sonya English, Coaching Faculty Team Lead

Masters of health practice and highly experienced critical care nurse in the acute treatment of people suffering from ill-health. Sonya is a passionate advocate in the proactive prevention of disease and living the best quality of life you can.As a health coach she...

Meet the CEO, Louise Schofield

Louise Schofield is the co-founder and CEO of PREKURE, a purpose driven health education & training provider that exists to inspire the medical profession to become more focused on disease prevention. With a PhD in behaviour change, Louise is a successful...

Why Most New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Why Most New Year’s Resolutions Fail

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

Building a Confident Mindset

Building a Confident Mindset

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

How much Does a Health Coach Earn?

How much Does a Health Coach Earn?

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

Self Limitation & How to Break Free

Self Limitation & How to Break Free

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

Confidence is Attractive

Confidence is Attractive

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

Cold Water Immersion for Brain Health

Cold Water Immersion for Brain Health

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

Health Coaching in Motion

Health Coaching in Motion

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

Strengthening Your Reflective Practice

Strengthening Your Reflective Practice

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

Case Study – Pasifika Medical Association

Case Study – Pasifika Medical Association

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

Oral & Gum Health 101

Oral & Gum Health 101

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

The Low Down on Low Carb

The Low Down on Low Carb

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

An Exploration of Motivational Interviewing Approaches

An Exploration of Motivational Interviewing Approaches

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

A Day Without Wine Seemed Impossible

A Day Without Wine Seemed Impossible

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

The Low-hanging Fruit of Intermittent Fasting

The Low-hanging Fruit of Intermittent Fasting

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

Three Things You Need to Know About Protein

Three Things You Need to Know About Protein

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

Student Testimonial – Leina Fofoa: PMA Health Coach Graduate

Student Testimonial – Leina Fofoa: PMA Health Coach Graduate

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

Student Testimonial – Anna Fatai: PMA Health Coach Graduate

Student Testimonial – Anna Fatai: PMA Health Coach Graduate

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

Emerging Evidence for Experts – Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Emerging Evidence for Experts – Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

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

Client Goal Seeking & Focus Session Outcome

Client Goal Seeking & Focus Session Outcome

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

Tools For Enhancing Your Resilience

Tools For Enhancing Your Resilience

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

Emerging Evidence for Experts – ACTing for Mental Health

Emerging Evidence for Experts – ACTing for Mental Health

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

Tapping Into Your ‘Intuition Muscle’

Tapping Into Your ‘Intuition Muscle’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staying True To Your Clients Agenda

Staying True To Your Clients Agenda

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

What To Know About Restorative Stretching

What To Know About Restorative Stretching

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

Science In A Minute – Making & Breaking Habits

Science In A Minute – Making & Breaking Habits

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

Building Your Health Coaching Business

Building Your Health Coaching Business

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

Science In A Minute – The Leaky Blood Brain Barrier

Science In A Minute – The Leaky Blood Brain Barrier

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

What is a Health Coach?

What is a Health Coach?

What exactly is a Health Coach? Health coaching is an emerging field and a fast-growing market1,2,3. A Health Coach is someone who works in primary care or in the community in their own practice. A Health Coach provides clarity, they provide inspiration, but most...

The PREKURE top 15 reads to kick start your 2022

The PREKURE top 15 reads to kick start your 2022

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

Keto Mojito Recipe + Festive sweet treat guide

Keto Mojito Recipe + Festive sweet treat guide

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

Top tips for making successful New Year’s resolutions

Top tips for making successful New Year’s resolutions

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

COVID Science Update

COVID Science Update

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

The Elephant in the Covid Room

The Elephant in the Covid Room

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

Could nutrition bridge the mental health treatment gap?

Could nutrition bridge the mental health treatment gap?

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

How to be the driver of your own health journey

How to be the driver of your own health journey

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

The Good News Show

The Good News Show

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

Why PreKure is giving me hope for the future of health

Why PreKure is giving me hope for the future of health

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

Reversing type 2 diabetes – Maria is on her way!

Reversing type 2 diabetes – Maria is on her way!

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

How do you coach yourself or your family? 

How do you coach yourself or your family? 

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

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...

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...