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Thérèse Henkin re­ports on ge­net­ics, childhood habits, a help­ful app and the ben­e­fits of na­ture.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

BREATHE EASY Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the power of fresh air and the sounds of na­ture. As lit­tle as 30 min­utes in a park each week could make us hap­pier and health­ier, ac­cord­ing to Dr Danielle Shana­han, a re­search fel­low at Welling­ton’s Zealan­dia wildlife sanc­tu­ary. In a study of more than 1500 peo­ple aged 18 to 70, Dr Shana­han found that vis­it­ing green spa­ces at least once a week for half an hour or more could pre­vent seven per cent of de­pres­sion cases and nine per cent of high-blood pres­sure cases. MANUKA FARMS Med­i­cal-grade manuka honey is in such high de­mand that a gov­ern­ment-backed ini­tia­tive is en­cour­ag­ing New Zealand farm­ers to grow manuka ‘scrub’, rather than erad­i­cate it, as done in the past. Manuka ‘plan­ta­tions’ would not only boost the value of our honey in­dus­try, but also do the en­vi­ron­ment a favour by help­ing to con­trol ero­sion and im­prove water qual­ity – and make the honey bees happy.

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