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Survey aims to find out whether pregnant women getting enough key nutrients

Pregnant women are constantly bombarded with information on what they should be eating – but there’s very little research into what New Zealand women are actually eating.

Massey University Masters student Michele Eickstaedt wants to find out if pregnant women in NZ are getting enough omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids in their diets. These fatty acids are really important for the baby’s brain development and growth, and they are really important for mum’s health as well. Michele would like women of all ethnic backgrounds, aged 16 years and over, to complete the online survey she has created. When participants complete the survey, they will receive a link to the Ministry of Health’s guide Eating for Healthy Pregnant Women and also go into the draw to win one of two subscriptions to OHBaby! magazine for a year.

The survey is available online until 20 December 2014.

To complete it go to: www.surveymonkey.com/s/pufa

For further information, visit the website: www.massey.ac.nz/pufa

Movember winding up for 2015

There’s just one week left of November, so check out nz.movember.com, make a donation and spark up a conversation with the men in your life to embrace and prioritise their health sooner rather than later

A recent study has found that one in four Kiwi guys claim they’re the happiest and healthiest they’ve ever been, according to new research released recently by the Movember Foundation. And the ‘grass is greener’ mentality seems to be in full force with 51% of our boys believing they’ll be happier and healthier in the future.

The research also showed that only 10% of Kiwi men would take immediate action for a mental health problem, versus 22% for physical health, and they’re not always talking to real people. The all-knowing Dr Google sits just 1% behind health professionals when looking at who they turn to first for help on mental health issues.

The Movember Man Files, an inaugural study in New Zealand by the Movember Foundation, takes a closer look behind the Mo to uncover attitudes and insights into men’s health across the nation – revealing what makes them tick when it comes to their health and what they do (or don’t do) about it.

New online wellness initiative

We all know we should probably eat better, get more sleep, exercise more – the list can seem almost endless… but before you start planning your New Year’s resolutions, the easiest place to start is looking at what’s achievable today.

As part of their Choose Wellness Initiative, Nestle has developed a new online health and wellness quiz to help reveal what you’re doing well and what areas of your life could use a little attention. The quiz gives you an overall score between zero and 100 based on your responses around happiness, diet, exercise, health behaviours, sleep and slocial interaction.

To take the quiz yourself, visit. www.nestlechoosewellness.co.nz.

Image / FreeDigitalPhotos.net – graur razvan ionut

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