Learn­ing to live well with health

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The Waipuku­rau Te Tai­whenua O Here­taunga con­fer­ence room on a Wed­nes­day morn­ing is the meet­ing place for seven kauma¯ tua of the Live Well pro­gramme run by Teiti Ha­puku from Sport Hawke’s Bay.

The Live Well pro­gramme fo­cuses on shar­ing healthy eat­ing ad­vice, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity so­cial­is­ing and shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

This Live Well group are all kauma¯ tua from Taka­pau.

They have all known each other be­fore the pro­gramme and keep each other ac­count­able.

Last week they cel­e­brated com­plet­ing the pro­gramme and re­flected on their time with Teiti, what they learnt, the changes they have im­ple­mented into their lives along with the health ben­e­fits they have no­ticed due to these changes.

Nanny Norma Thomp­son has been work­ing with Teiti for the past year. She says she ini­tially started with the mind­set of “it’s my life — you can’t tell me what to do.”

In the past year that has changed.

Norma says she has made im­prove­ments to her life and is notic­ing the dif­fer­ences.

Two ma­jor as­pects are her self-con­trol, and ac­tiv­ity. Be­fore un­der­tak­ing the Live Well pro­gramme, Norma al­ways had treats in the cup­boards for her moko and found her­self eat­ing these treats as well. She learned how to im­ple­ment self-con­trol through the Live Well pro­gramme and now isn’t tempted by her moko treats.

She loves the ex­er­cises Teiti pro­vides and prac­tices the ex­er­cises in her own time, and some­times go­ing above and be­yond to test her body’s limit, par­tic­u­larly with the poi and tı¯ ra¯ kau.

Norma is swim­ming daily at the pool with Whaea Turi­ana Wil­liams, an­other Live Well kauma¯ tua. These women have taken up the op­por­tu­nity via green pre­scrip­tion and rel­ish the so­cial in­ter­ac­tion within their com­mu­nity that it cre­ates.

They re­cently per­suaded Nanny Ethel Re­nata, an­other Live Well par­tic­i­pant, to join them.

“Once a week is enough for me,” Ethel says.

“It’s a great start. I take my book be­cause I get cold and can read while they are still in the pool.”

Ethel cred­its swim­ming for her in­crease in ac­tiv­ity.

“I used to get re­ally sore af­ter ex­er­cis­ing and needed to sit down.

“But af­ter swim­ming I’m out do­ing the gar­den­ing be­cause it doesn’t hurt my joints and I’ve got more en­ergy.”

Koro Arthur Snee has also made changes to his life­style and is notic­ing the dif­fer­ences.

The fo­cus for Arthur was to re­duce then elim­i­nate bread and pota­toes from his diet. Arthur has now seen the ef­fect of these changes by an in­crease in his en­ergy lev­els and tasks that used to be chal­leng­ing, like walk­ing up flights of stairs at work, are now a breeze. Arthur cred­its this to his diet changes that were en­cour­aged through the Live Well pro­gramme.

The sense of com­mu­nity is strong within Nga¯ Kauma¯ tua o Taka­pau. They say they are en­gaged and en­cour­age one an­other and have cre­ated swim­ming and walk­ing groups.

The Wed­nes­day ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded tı¯ ra¯ kau, poi, and the Mov­ing Easy pro­gramme fo­cus­ing on up­per body strength and agility, Mauı¯ matau to fo­cus on hand­eye co­or­di­na­tion and Ringa a paki, to fo­cus on mem­ory.

Nga¯ Kauma¯ tua o Taka­pau who have par­tic­i­pated in the Live Well pro­gramme are keen to con­tinue bet­ter health and well­ness.

Eight kauma¯ tua are now reg­is­tered with the Green Pre­scrip­tion Adults.

The com­bi­na­tion of the GRx Pro­gramme and Live Well Pro­gramme has given these kauma¯ tua the op­por­tu­nity to make healthy life­style changes.

Nga¯ Kauma¯ tua o Taka­pau says they are thank­ful to Teiti and Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Ac­tive Life­styles Ad­vi­sor Rachel Gun­son who have as­sisted in their jour­neys.

Live Well is a self­man­age­ment course ad­min­is­tered by Stan­ford Univer­sity Pa­tient Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search Cen­tre. Its pri­mary goal is to en­cour­age in­di­vid­u­als with long-term health con­di­tions and chronic pain to be in con­trol of their own health.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gramme, con­tact Teiti Ha­puku at Sport Hawke’s Bay. Phone: (06) 845 9336 ext. 706, email: [email protected]

The Live Well group are all kauma¯ tua from Taka­pau in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay.

The pro­gramme is run by Teiti Ha­puku from Sport Hawke’s Bay.

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