Health news

Thérèse Henkin looks at news about healthy kids, burnt toast, meal­times and sleep is­sues.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - Contents -

Re­search for a brighter fu­ture

In a bid to tackle kids’ health prob­lems, a $2.8 mil­lion fund has been es­tab­lished to im­prove child health re­search in New Zealand. Ini­ti­ated by Cure Kids and A Bet­ter Start Na­tional Sci­ence Chal­lenge, the aim is to find bet­ter ways to com­bat obe­sity and ado­les­cent men­tal health, to im­prove early lit­er­acy, and learn more about di­ag­nos­ing and work­ing with chil­dren on the autism spec­trum.


Restless night? The two things to avoid when strug­gling to fall asleep are check­ing the time and get­ting out of bed. Know­ing ex­actly how lit­tle time you have be­fore you have to wake up of­ten causes anx­i­ety that makes fall­ing asleep even harder. Leav­ing the com­fort of your bed means your heart has to pump more blood around your body, and when you re­turn it will take time for your heart rate to re­duce to the lower rest­ing rate needed for snooz­ing.

“Around 100 young peo­ple die sud­denly from un­ex­pected car­diac ar­rest in New Zealand each year.”

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