Southlanders have their say about health

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Healthy Families Invercargill communication and engagement adviser Cass Pokoney (left) and community activator Lauren Richardson at the window display of the former ASB building on Esk St recently. Photos: Sanda Jukic

Healthy Families Invercargill asked members of the public to give feedback about the city’s public spaces and places being smokefree by writing their thoughts on the window recently.

Healthy Families Invercargill communication and engagement adviser Cass Pokoney said they organised the creative display in line with the Government’s goal of reducing smoking prevalence and tobacco availability in New Zealand by 2025.

“It is not about banning tobacco, it is about making it less prominent. With this interactive way of giving feedback we wanted to find out if our community thinks spaces and places where children are likely to be should be smokefree,” she said.

Healthy Conversation Skills workshop

Healthy Families Invercargill settings co-ordinator Stella O’Connor (far right) and Healthy Start Workforce Project manager and Healthy Conversation Skills trainer Mary Cavanagh (second from right) with participants of the Healthy Conversation Skills workshop held at ILT Stadium Southland last week.

Healthy Conversation Skills workshop was held at ILT Stadium Southland on Wednesday, August 9.

Healthy Start Workforce Project manager and Healthy Conversation Skills trainer Mary Cavanagh, said: “The workshop is about supporting health practitioners with skills, tools and strategies that they can use when they are wanting to support patients or clients in making sustainable behaviour change such as nutrition or physical activity.”

“We are looking at the different approach to a conversation that is more empowering and trying to facilitate and enable people to identify their own barriers and solutions for change. Participants will learn skills, tools and strategies for having those conversations,” she said.

The workshop included health practitioners and promoters and educators who work with families to encourage healthier lifestyle choices.

The Healthy Start Workforce Project is a New Zealand initiative offering evidence-based professional development programmes to the health workforce.

 

 

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