By Karen Davidson, Pūkenga Kaiwhakahaere - Whakatū / Site Manager - Nelson and Dianne MacDonald, Nehi Arahanga / Clinical Lead - Nelson
On 15 November 2018, Te Piki Oranga Whakatū held a diabetes hui in conjunction with Lions Nelson to acknowledge Diabetes Awareness Day.
John Bilderbeck and his team came and supported us with a barbecue made up of healthy kai, with pita bread, salad and a small portion of meat. Freshwater was provided with pineapple or orange. All participants were encouraged to undertake a walk and enjoy the Atawhai area. The Whakatū TPO team decided to look at ourselves and how we could increase our knowledge about diabetes. Our nurses provided free diabetes checks and health assessments.
Other Māori services on the marae joined our event to learn more, this included the team from Whakatū Marae Whānau Ora, Te Akina o Tea Tai and Te Pouawai Kohanga. Ian Davidson kindly arrived with games and entertainment that involved bubbles, juggling and all sorts of balancing acts.
Te Hā (Quit smoking) coach Sonia was available with information on quitting smoking along with Bee Williamson from Nelson Bays Primary Health (NBPH) with diabetes information. We now have a selection of information available in both Te Reo Māori and English.
We wish to develop more fun diabetes events involving more whānau as we spread the word about how to improve our health and wellness. If you would like to be involved in an event or speak with a nurse please contact us on ph: 5469098.
Did you know?
14 November 2018 is World Diabetes Day which celebrates the birthday of Canadian physician Dr. Frederick Banting, who in 1921 was credited with discovering the hormone insulin in the pancreatic extracts of dogs.