Prevention is Cure Podcast

Mental Health Tools To Support All Communities

Mental Health Tools To Support All Communities

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

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

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

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

How to improve the healthcare system

How to improve the healthcare system

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

How to be a better health coach

How to be a better health coach

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

Reducing the Burden of Mental Health Problems

Reducing the Burden of Mental Health Problems

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

How to navigate a challenging coaching client

How to navigate a challenging coaching client

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

The 7 BIG mistakes in our healthcare system

The 7 BIG mistakes in our healthcare system

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

Why Food Quality Is What Matters Most

Why Food Quality Is What Matters Most

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

Is low carb bad?

Is low carb bad?

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

Reversing Diabetes Case Study: ProCare

Reversing Diabetes Case Study: ProCare

Reversing Diabetes Case Study: ProCare partners with PREKURE to 'Beat Diabetes Together' ProCare is a leading healthcare provider that aims to deliver the most progressive, pro-active, and equitable health and wellbeing services in Aotearoa. ProCare serves over...

The role of mitochondria in brain health

The role of mitochondria in brain health

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

The Future of Medicine Conference 2023 returns

The Future of Medicine Conference 2023 returns

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

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

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

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

Ice Baths: The Benefits of Cold Water Immersion

Ice Baths: The Benefits of Cold Water Immersion

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

Meet Glen Davies

Dr Glen Davies is a GP specialist with dual fellowships in both general practice and lifestyle medicine. He is a passionate advocate of lifestyle approaches to reversing chronic disease. Through his prescription of LCHF/ keto diets, he has helped over 100 patients...

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

Student Testimonial – Leina Fofoa

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

Student Testimonial – Anna Fatai

Student Testimonial – Anna Fatai

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

Emerging Evidence for Experts – Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Emerging Evidence for Experts – Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

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

Client Goal Seeking & Focus Session Outcome

Client Goal Seeking & Focus Session Outcome

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

Tools For Enhancing Your Resilience

Tools For Enhancing Your Resilience

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

Emerging Evidence for Experts – ACTing for Mental Health

Emerging Evidence for Experts – ACTing for Mental Health

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

Tapping Into Your ‘Intuition Muscle’

Tapping Into Your ‘Intuition Muscle’

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

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

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

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

Championing Your Client

Championing Your Client

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

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

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

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

Staying True To Your Clients Agenda

Staying True To Your Clients Agenda

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

What To Know About Restorative Stretching

What To Know About Restorative Stretching

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

Science In A Minute – Making & Breaking Habits

Science In A Minute – Making & Breaking Habits

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

Building Your Health Coaching Business

Building Your Health Coaching Business

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

Science In A Minute – The Leaky Blood Brain Barrier

Science In A Minute – The Leaky Blood Brain Barrier

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

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...

Low Carb Summer Berry Jelly Recipe

Low Carb Summer Berry Jelly Recipe

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

Reduce anxiety & nurture your mental wellbeing

Reduce anxiety & nurture your mental wellbeing

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

Mental Health Podcast Series Ep#3 – ACT on it with Sophia Dawson

Mental Health Podcast Series Ep#3 – ACT on it with Sophia Dawson

In our Prevention is Cure podcast, Professor Grant Schofield challenges mainstream medicine, talks with leading experts and shares the latest science and tools to have a happier and healthier life. This season we’re talking mental health. We’ve become really concerned...

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...

Mental Health Podcast Series Ep#1: Mental Fitness with Jimi Hunt

Mental Health Podcast Series Ep#1: Mental Fitness with Jimi Hunt

In our Prevention is Cure podcast, Professor Grant Schofield challenges mainstream medicine, talks with leading experts and shares the latest science and tools to have a happier and healthier life. This season we’re talking mental health. We’ve become really concerned...

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,...

The unsolved mystery of type 2 diabetes & bone fragility

The unsolved mystery of type 2 diabetes & bone fragility

For many older adults, especially women or those with type 2 diabetes, the risk of fracturing bones is real, and it has a significant impact on quality of life. Understanding more about why bone might become more fragile is the first step in preventing it or reducing...

Could nutrition bridge the mental health treatment gap?

Could nutrition bridge the mental health treatment gap?

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

How to be the driver of your own health journey

How to be the driver of your own health journey

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

The Good News Show

The Good News Show

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

Why PreKure is giving me hope for the future of health

Why PreKure is giving me hope for the future of health

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

Reversing type 2 diabetes – Maria is on her way!

Reversing type 2 diabetes – Maria is on her way!

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

How do you coach yourself or your family? 

How do you coach yourself or your family? 

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

Start a weekly exercise plan

Start a weekly exercise plan

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

Practical self-care tips for living in isolation

Practical self-care tips for living in isolation

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

Life in isolation – What brings you joy today?

Life in isolation – What brings you joy today?

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

5 easy steps to a strong immune system

5 easy steps to a strong immune system

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

7 top tips for better mental wellbeing

7 top tips for better mental wellbeing

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

Is keto safe long-term?

Is keto safe long-term?

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

Is Health Coaching the key to the future of healthcare?

Is Health Coaching the key to the future of healthcare?

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