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Health and wellbeing


In his viewpoint on 19 February, David Pine challenged us all to think about our health. He said:

'I‘ve spent most of my working life in the life insurance industry, so have learned a lot about things that are good for our health, and those that are not so good.

'The industry has 300 years of statistics as a basis for the premiums that they charge for life and disability insurance.

  1. Relationship of height to weight.
    BMI, or Body Mass Index, measures the relationship between your height and your weight. This is very important for your future health.
    The NZ Heart Foundation website has a BMI calculator. Use it!
    The Foundations states:
    “For people above a healthy weight, losing 5 to 10 % of your weight can lower blood pressure, improve your cholesterol levels and help protect against diabetes and cancer.”

  2. Keep active
    Sitting around all day is very bad for your health.
    The human body was designed to function at its best when moving around a lot. The human body is designed to be active.
    Exercise regularly: walking, cycling, swimming or any other activity that exercises your body.

  3. What we eat and drink affects our health
    Most of us know which foods are good and which are bad. However, the dangers of certain drinks are not so well known.
    A senior charge nurse who worked at Porirua Mental Hospital for many years explained to me that almost all of the mentally disadvantaged souls he cared for were mentally disabled through abuse of alcohol. “And for the younger ones, their parents have abused alcohol.”
    Pure alcohol is a poison. If you don’t believe me, Google it. It’s right up there with arsenic and strychnine. Too much alcohol will scramble your brain and once your brain is scrambled, you cannot unscramble it. It is a permanent condition and there is nothing you can do about it.

'To quote from the Heart Foundation website: “The greatest wealth is health”'

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