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Canterbury Healthy Workplaces Update: June 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, workplace, mens health, mental wellbeing, physical activity

Canterbury DHB.Here is the latest Healthy Workplaces Update - just before winter officially sets in. This month's update includes:

  • Men’s Health Month;
  • All Right? downtime dice; and
  • New flu information for workplaces.

Contact Healthy Workplaces and WorkWell Advisor Ann Vanschevensteen at Community and Public Health for more information on anything in this update (378 6781 or ann.vanschevensteen[at]

June is Men's Health Month

When our (work) mates seem down or in trouble, the easiest option is not to talk about it. We don’t know what to say, or think we might say the wrong thing.

Not talking kills hundreds of men every year and it stops a lot of men from being as healthy as they could be.

Focusing on men’s health at work

Men’s core identity is often closely linked with their job, so work and work relationships play a very important role in the lives of working men.

Research shows that men generally do much worse than women when it comes to health. Men often wait for a health problem to become serious before they seek out help and advice.

If men aren’t well outside work, chances are they’re not so well at work either. Mental and physical health issues may lead to safety risks at work.

Most men will benefit from some encouragement to look after themselves and to talk more about their health and wellbeing issues. Bringing a health and wellbeing program to the workplace can make it easier for men to talk about their health and discuss issues that they may otherwise ignore.

You have an ideal place to raise awareness of specific men’s health issues if your workplace employs mostly men, and to support your employees to improve their health and wellbeing.

Register your workplace for Men's Health Month - it’s easy! Every week there’s a different focus on a different aspect of Men’s Health.

See how one Christchurch workplace supports its men at work (All Right?).

Downtime dice from All Right?

Downtime is good time.Downtime is good time. Small breaks can make a big difference and sometimes we need a gentle reminder that it’s ok to take a break. That’s where Downtime Dice come in. The dice feature downtime activities proven to be beneficial for a person’s wellbeing - they're simple, but they work!

Find out how you can get your downtime dice. Downtime Dice are free in Canterbury (until we run out!). Anyone can pick up a dice from one of fifteen local distribution points.

Downtime plays a crucial role in the day of Gilbert Enoka - Christchurch-based All Blacks leadership manager and mental skills coach.

New flu information for workplaces

What a great turn out of subbies from Leighs Construction (who are building the new hospital) to get their flu vaccinations!

Nice to know everyone’s doing their bit to stay flu-free this winter.

Don't let this lot in: Make your work a flu-free zone.Check out the new Flu Free website to help keep your employees flu-free and out of hospital this winter. It’s packed with:

  • engaging content;
  • useful facts and myth-busting;
  • an interactive ‘build a germ’ game for (big) kids;
  • information about where you can get vaccinated; and
  • resources to help organisations easily spread the Flu-Free message. Resources include downloadable posters, screensavers, social media tiles, information for newsletters and email signatures.

Remember to ask your employees: Have you had your flu shot? If the answer’s ‘not yet’ then remind them to book in with their GP, or check out the Flu Free website for a list of pharmacies offering vaccinations this year.

Upcoming dates for your calendar

June - Pipiri

July - Hongongoi

Check out the Well Place website for ideas on how to stay well in winter.

Ideas to share and become more active in Christchurch

Remember to check out the MetroInfo Journey Planner to help plan your trip to and from these events.

DIY Dance

Date and Time: Tuesdays from 1 to 2pm.
Location: Room 4 at the Phillipstown Hub (39 Nursery Road).

Do a little lunchtime boogie - jive - bop! Wear comfortable clothing. Gold coin or non-perishable food for the community pantry.

Hoop Dance Fundamental Class

Date and Time: Sunday 3rd June, from 3 to 5pm.
Location: Bromley Community Centre (45 Bromley Road).

Hoop beginners and pros of all ages are welcome to attend this community hoop class with Strawberry Fairy! The 1st hour covers some fundamental movements, the 2nd hour will be free time flow jam. Hoops are available for you to borrow or bring your own. Koha entry.

Free Smokefree Support at Eastgate Shopping Centre

Date: Tuesday 5th June.

Get support and information about various Smokefree products. A referral to Te Hā Waitaha (Stop Smoking Canterbury) can be made. Contact Lorraine Young for more information (Lorraine.Young[at]

Free classes of men during Men's health Month

Sport Canterbury has organised free classes for Men’s Health Month, specifically for men who are 60+.

Qigong is a peaceful flowing movement practise, which could be described as a mixture between Tai Chi and Yoga. This exercise enhances body, mind and spirit. Socialise with free refreshments after class. Contact Sandy to register (sandyjsky[at] or 03 260 1256).

Date and Time: Tuesday 5th June, from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
Location: Blue Sky Qigong Studio (19 Templetons Road, Aidanfield).

YMCA Lifefit Circuit Class involves intervals with weights and cardio stations to enhance strength and stamina. It is suitable for all fitness levels. Come and give it a go. Socialise with free refreshments after class. Contact Paul to register (paul[at] or 03 359 8320).

Date and Time: Monday 11th June, from 11am to noon.
Location: YMCA Bishopdale (13A Bishopdale Court, Bishopdale).

Join an Outdoor Circuit Class for Small group personal training in the great outdoors. This class is focused on fitness, fun and friendship. Socialise with free refreshments after class. Contact Manuela to register (manuela[at] or 021 865 882).

Date and Time: Tuesday 12th June, from 11am to noon.
Location: Centennial Park (Lyttelton Street, Somerfield).

Seniors Circuit is designed to Increase your mobility and strength while socialising with others. No need to register for this class.

Date and Time: Friday 15th June, from 10 to 11am.
Location: Physical Sense Gym & Physio (300 Colombo Street, Sydenham).

Breast Screening Mobile Bus

It is a great chance for women in east Christchurch to have a screening mammogram without the hassle of travelling to the other side of town. Call 0800 270 200 or 365 5287 to book or find out more information.

Dates: Monday 11th to Friday 15th June.
Time: First appointment is 8.45am and the last appointment is 3.30pm.
Location: Nga Hau E Wha Marae.

Matariki in the Zone

Matariki is the Maori New Year to farewell the old and welcome in the new season. The highlight of harvest activities will be a shared feast with a traditional hangi by mana whenua and Richard Till’s nourishing hot soups.

Please drop off your garden or pantry goods for the meal into Avebury by 11am. Activities include Maori crafts, live music, children’s amusements, blessing of the Native Edible Garden and completion of the Avon-Otakaro Network Stormwater Exemplar.

Register on the Avebury House website.

Date and Time: Sunday 17th June, from 11am to 2pm.
Location: Avebury House (8 Evelyn Couzins Avenue, Richmond).

Solstice – Matariki Bike Ride

Make sure your bike’s kitted out with lights for a magical bike night-time ride around Hagley Park. Everyone welcome!

Date and Time: Thursday 21st June, from 5pm.
Start Location: Meet inside the Armagh St gates in North Hagley Park.

Free Youth Dance Workshop

Ravenhill Dance are a hip hop and contemporary dance duo from the UK who run fun physical workshops that use break dance, contemporary dance, spoken word and physical theatre to explore mental health and well-being. Anyone aged 13 years and over is welcome to attend for free. No dance experience needed.  Spaces are limited so register today (bromleyccentre[at] or text 027 716 8476).

Date and Time: Saturday 23rd June, from 10am to 3pm.
Location: Bromley Community Centre (45 Bromley Road).

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch