Health Promotion & Mood-Boosting Fiction
Health is much more than what you do alone as an individual – it’s about your family, environment and wider social networks. Rebecca and Sophie from the WellSouth's health promotion team help you access reliable, evidence-based self-help information so that the healthier choice is the easier choice.
In this episode we introduce the Books on Prescription Programme, talk about what health promotion is and review The Little Book of Resilience.
These podcasts are supported by Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and Radio Southland 96.4FM.
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Chanél Pienaar, Getting Dunedin Active and Green Prescription Advisor at Sport Otago, joins us to talk about these community-based programmes that can help make ‘movement’ part of your new year’s resolution.
We find out how Green Prescription and Active Families can help get your whanau active as well as provide nutritional and social support, and how you can access all of this for free – or at very low cost.
We also review the Books on Prescription resource, 23 and a half hours – what is the single best thing we can do for our health, exercise is the ‘medical treatment’ that has the biggest impact, the biggest return on investment.
This episode is all about Diabetes – we interview Chris Higgs, a professional practice fellow from the Otago University School of Physiotherapy, who set up the free Dunedin Community Exercise Programme back in 2014. A community-based rehabilitation programme, it is for anyone who has diabetes or has risk factors for developing diabetes (prediabetes). Chris talks about how it got started, and why it is so effective.
We also review some Diabetes Podcasts in our Books on Prescription collection called “Type 2 and you: a guide to living with Type 2 Diabetes”.
In this episode we interview Cathrine Meek, a Clinical Nurse Consultant from Plunket, who joins us to talk about infant safety, such as safe sleep, alcohol consumption and sun safety, which are especially important during the holiday season.
Quiet Minds is a small group of consumers (mental health service users) who set up a radio show in June 2004 after attending a training day at Plains FM. Prior to Quiet Minds, most of the group had no previous broadcasting experience at all. The Quiet Minds team is made up of empathetic people with an anti-discriminatory attitude and a dogged sense of social justice. Our programmes are a broad mixture of interviews with: – ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences – extraordinary people with courageous stories – professional people who have useful information – controversial people who disagree with professional people – artists, writers and musicians whose mental illness informs their work Programmes have covered topics like depression, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, electro-convulsive therapy, NGO’s, post-natal depression, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health awareness week and mental health issues faced by refugees. A copy of each programme is stored at “MHAPS – Mental Health Advocacy And Peer Support”and podcast on the Plains FM website. This means that consumers or health professionals in the network who have missed an episode of Quiet Minds can borrow a copy and listen to it in their own time. This is a very popular and widely used resource. “Quiet Minds gives me an awareness of issues and offers insights, experiences and support. Having a radio programme that so professionally and warmly opens up understanding of mental health issues is such an asset for the Canterbury community.” Jane Demeter “It opens up a world of holistic help and information – both for those facing emotional crises in their lives, and for their supporters and whanau.” Eric Biddington “This programme deserves a high award for its ability to inform, entertain, ensure the participation of those with mental illness and in recovery, and generally contribute to the de-stigmatisation of mental illness.” Dr Sue Bagshaw
Making Stress Your Friend
Monique Lammers, part of WellSouth’s Brief Intervention Team, joins us to talk about stress, with a special focus on the holiday season.
We explore how stress is something we can’t avoid or expect to eliminate from our lives – but we can change how we respond to it, or manage the ways it can manifest in our lives. Monique shares some tips for looking after yourself during the festive season, and just in general in day-to-day life.
We also review a Books on Prescription resource – a short 15 minute video, a TED Talk, by health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal aptly called ‘how to make stress your friend’…
This episode is all about Heart Disease. We have Jo Arthur from the Heart Foundation with us in studio to talk to us about what heart disease is and how to stay well if you have had a heart disease. We also chat about the Heart Foundation’s great resource ‘Taking Control: My plan for heart health’, and most importantly discuss how we can prevent heart disease.