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Children’s Day March 2018

Sunday 4 March was a fantastic day with perfect weather for this year’s Children’s Day. There were many families seeking health information either for themselves, their children or for others in their community who they thought would benefit from it.

Pegasus Health staff volunteered at a stall which offered information alongside buckets of coloured slime and an amazing Superhero Treasure Hunt.

Community Liaison Access Manager, Melissa McCreanor says she will never forget the children’s looks of excitement finding their superheroes in all that slime.

“It was messy and so, so much fun,” says Melissa. 

Senior Chef nears 2000

This spring, Senior Chef Canterbury will celebrate its 2000th Senior Chef graduate from more than 200 courses held.

Senior Chef is a free 8 week cooking class for older people who want to improve their cooking skills, confidence, or motivation around cooking for one or two people.

The classes are 3 hours long, and run once a week during the daytime. There are usually 10-12 people in a class. Everything, including the ingredients for the cooking class and recipe book are provided.

Each weekly class includes:

  • Nutrition education, for example, eating well for older people, menu planning, budgeting and shopping tips.
  • Preparing and cooking a meal in pairs.
  • Sharing the meal with the group.

Classes are held in various locations around Christchurch and Canterbury from Rangiora in the north, to Ashburton in the south.

From its beginnings in 2009 and move across to Pegasus Health in 2016, Senior Chef has evolved and grown over the years. New developments mean that people aged 60 years can now attend (previously you had to be 65 years or older) and people can refer themselves to the programme (previously you had to be referred by a health professional). The 55 year entry level age for Māori and Pasifika remains the same.

Senior Chef Programme Co-ordinator, Wendy Scanlon says that Senior Chef used to be thought of as only about nutrition, but now it is being recognised as much more than that.
“Senior Chef is so good on so many levels. It helps prevent social isolation. It gets people who are lonely out of their homes. We find that the Senior Chef groups just keep on meeting after the course finishes, that’s the beauty of it,” says Wendy.

Find out more about Senior Chef here -

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Nursing support leads to trampoline donation

What do you get when you cross a dedicated Residential Youth Health nurse, a piece of innovative sports equipment and the generosity of Bronze Medal Olympic skier Nico Porteous.

Young people at Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo (TPW) Youth Justice Facility (Oranga Tamariki) in Rolleston found out on Tuesday 29 May.

Through the hard work of Annie Hofmeester, Pegasus Nurse and Team Leader Residential Youth Health Service, a Springfree trampoline was gifted by the company and Nico to the young people at the facility. It was presented at a special ceremony which included waiata, haka and kai.

Much is known about the physical benefits of trampolining but this form of exercise can also be great for mental health and wellbeing. The increase of oxygen to the brain, release of ‘feel good’ hormones, improvement in co-ordination and sheer joy of movement can lift mood and increase self-confidence.

Annie says she is sure the trampoline will be well used.

“It was great to have Nico here to share his inspirational messages along with the donation of the trampoline. The ‘one on at a time’ safety rule led to a long line of keen participants but everyone who tried out the trampoline came off with a smile on their face,” says Annie.

Nico with trampoline

Nico Portueous stands next to the trampoline gifted to the residents at Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo (TPW) Youth Justice Facility (Oranga Tamariki).

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