Health

5 myths about a vegan diet

1  It’s expensive If you stick to mostly whole foods, a plant-based diet can be far cheaper than an omnivorous diet. Beans, lentils, rice, pasta, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds are for the most part cheaper than animal-based products, and you can find increasingly inexpensive …

Life skills through movement

Learning a martial art offers more than getting a great work out, as children learn valuable life skills at the same time. Proactive Martial Arts hosts a range of kids’ classes designed to encourage strong values, confidence, coordination and fitness. “All our classes have been …

Active adventures

Springtime in Christchurch is green, sunny and warm, so TOM AND JAMIE HART look at ways to head outside and add incidental exercise into any child’s day. Statistically, over 30 per cent of Kiwi kids are now overweight or obese. As we know, exercise through …

How teeth affect face shape

A common question GRAHAME DUTTON of Duxton Dental gets asked is about the shape of children’s faces – and how teeth influence the jawline. Generally, at primary school our kids have a convex profile with the forehead and chin sitting behind the nose or mid …

No more nasties!

MIKE HAMEL from GM Hair Gallery has created hair products that are safe for your whole family to use. The Mike Haircare range has been formulated to make hair stronger with increased protection, while caring for your hair and the planet. As well as being …

Increasing your daily joy

Stay-at-home mum of three and occupational therapist RACHEL McFEDRIES has been on a ‘Joy Spotting’ mission lately – intentionally seeking out and taking notice of small pockets of joy. A few months ago I watched a TED talk that was doing the rounds. In a brightly coloured …

Booze on the brain

KATE BARBER talks with neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS about the long-term damage that alcohol does to the teenage brain. From fighting in the streets and burning couches, to domestic violence and drink driving, the disturbing images of New Zealand’s binge-drinking culture are all too familiar. …

Peanut caution

As a mother of three children with allergies, MALENA PENNEY considers the latest advice to offer babies peanuts. You may have seen a commotion around social media lately over the changed advice to start giving young babies peanuts. This has come from the LEAP study …