Happy New Year to Everyone.!
New year – New start?
Quit smoking is the best thing you can do for your health, family and your wallet!
And people who get extra support form their health professionals and /or Quitline (0800 778 778) stand a much better chance of success.
Call us on 09 273 6003 to discuss your situation with our GPs or talk to Jacqui, Lilian or Jasmina about the different ways available to help you quit for GOOD!!
Want to lose some weight?
You can get advice and support from your GP or nurse, and even on line..
TRAVEL MEDICAL KIT
Don’t forget to take a supply of your own regular medications.
Inform your doctor / pharmacist of any allergies you may have.
Specific places can require specific additions to a medical kit.
Plan your vaccinations well ahead of departure.
Travel insurance is considered essential for all travel.
Jet lag can be a problem for travelers who are crossing several time zones. Although it is not a serious condition, jet lag can make it hard for you to enjoy your vacation for the first few days. For business travelers, who may be expected to travel long distances and start work immediately after arrival, jet lag can affect mood, ability to concentrate, and physical and mental performance. Fortunately, you can take steps to minimize the effects of jet lag.
- Exercise, eat a healthful diet, and get plenty of rest.
- A few days before you leave, start going to bed an hour or two later than usual (before traveling west) or earlier than usual (before traveling east) to shift your body’s clock.
- Break up a long trip with a short stop in the middle, if possible.
- Avoid large meals, alcohol, and caffeine.
- Drink plenty of water.
- On long flights, get up and walk around periodically.
- Sleep on the plane, if you can.
After You Arrive
- Don’t make any important decisions the first day.
- Eat meals at the appropriate local time.
- Spend time in the sun.
- Drink plenty of water, and avoid excess alcohol or caffeine.
- If you are sleepy during the day, take short naps (20–30 minutes) so you can still sleep at night.
- Talk to your doctor about taking medicine to help you sleep at night.
The Practice will be CLOSED from 2pm on 24 December 2014 until Sunday 4 January 2014
HomeCare Medical will be providing after hour triage services during this time. Call 09 273 6003.
To see a doctor please attend East Care at 260 Botany Road, Ph 277 1516.
The Staff wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hours are as follows:
Monday 22 December Open from 8 am to 5pm Tuesday 23 December Open from 8 am to 5pm Wednesday 24 December Open from 8 am to 2pm CLOSED FROM 25 DECEMBER to SUNDAY 4 JANUARY NORMAL HOURS FROM MONDAY 5 JANUARY 8am
September and October are all about keeping New Zealanders healthy!
Three national campaigns are currently running, encouraging Kiwis to think about their health and to take action: Cervical Screening Awareness Month, Blue September (the Prostate Cancer Foundation) and Stoptober.
September is Cervical Screening Awareness Month, and all sexually active women between 20 and 70 are encouraged to make sure they’re up to date with their cervical smear. Having a smear test doesn’t take long and is a simple procedure that is proven to save lives. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable of all cancers, and screening women every three years can reduce the risk of developing it by up to 90 percent. The cervical smear test saves lives because it’s all about early detection – the sooner any abnormal cells are picked up, the sooner a woman can be treated. For more information click here.
Blue September is the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s national awareness campaign. Every year around 600 men die in New Zealand of prostate cancer. This happens because men don’t know how dangerous the disease is, they don’t talk to their doctor about it – they simply don’t do anything about it. This has to stop. Prostate cancer can be prevented if detected early enough. For more information click here.
Stoptober is New Zealand’s first nationwide quit smoking month – a 31 day quit smoking challenge designed to help thousands of kiwis kick the smoking habit for good. You’re five times more likely to stay quit if you manage to stop smoking for an entire month, and you’re more likely to succeed with support. Sign up on the Stoptober website before October 1st for free support tools like daily texts, emails, and a free mobile app, to help you or your loved one quit the smoking habit. There will be fun events around the country all through September to encourage people to sign up, plus social media, radio, and television (you may have seen or heard the ads starring Piri Weepu already). Kia Kaha – Be Strong. Start your Stoptober Challenge now! For more information click here.
Quitline has launched a new TV ad campaign showing how children copy their parents and can become smokers at a young age. While the ads feature kids engaging in play-acting and other everyday activities, the focus of the campaign is on the power of the parents’ actions. The message is to quit before your kids start – because kids are seven times more likely to smoke if their parents do. For more information click here.
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