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to our February edition of YOU! We are super excited to bring you some great reading and fantastic giveaways this month. Brendan O’Carroll talks to us about his love of New Zealand, comedy and family. We have a Heart Foundation feature and talk to some special people about their experiences. Ronin McIlroy is a good kid with a healthy dose of cheekiness and appears to be just a teenager living his life ... and he is. But he’s also living with a heart that’s crook and will face a heart transplant at around 40 years old. And at the age of 60, Colleen Wederell was hanging out washing and had no clue she was having a heart attack. She had a quadruple bypass and now lives life to the fullest. Her motto nowadays is: “Life is short, don’t stay home.” I reckon that’s not a bad idea Colleen! Cheers, Lisa Fenwick

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Brendan O’Carroll: ‘So New Zealand is like

The hilarious – and shockingly brilliant – Agnes Brown has become one of comedy’s most loved and iconic characters, as well as being a global success story. With that famous laugh, side-splitting gags and trademark Irish wit, everyone’s favourite naughty granny became a phenomenon when she burst on to screens in 2002. Her television show, Mrs Brown’s Boys, was voted as the Best British Sitcom of the 21st century by the UK’s Radio Times and Kiwi audiences are equally hooked. The runaway success means the whole Brown family is heading our way this month, with three live shows at Horncastle Arena. YOU Magazine reporter, Megan Gnad, chatted – and laughed – with the star of the show, Brendan O’Carroll, aka Mrs Brown herself.


hen Brendan O’Carroll last performed in Christchurch, it left a long-lasting impression that has stuck with him ever since. Two years ago, when the city was still reeling from its devastating earthquakes and the rebuild was still in its early days, the talented comedian helped its shaken locals to laugh again. And, once they started, well, they couldn’t stop. “They were so waiting to laugh, it was incredible,” Brendan recalls. “I said to my wife Jenny (Jennifer Gibney), who plays Cathy, that very first night in Christchurch on the stage, when the first gag happened, I heard the whole audience laughing and the laugh was so loud, that it nearly vibrated our clothes. “I’m glad we came, because they needed a laugh right then and we were delighted to be able to come along and give them that laugh. Left – Get ready! Mrs Brown’s jumping on a jet plane and heading our way for three shows at Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena. PHOTO SUPPLIED

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“We met some extraordinary people and met a group of Irish construction workers working on the rebuild and renovating houses, and as much as they were doing a great job, they were glad of the work, too.” Staying in a hotel, “that seemed to be standing up on its own, surrounded by nothing”, the cast and crew were surprised to overlook “a shop made up of trailers”. But, rather than feel uncomfortable, Brendan saw it as a great lesson to see the resilience of locals and the capacity people have to get on with life under the most extraordinary of circumstances. “The people of Christchurch, I stood back in amazement at them,” he says. For the Love of Mrs Brown

From Australia, to Zimbabwe, the comedy genius of O’Carroll is now recognised across the world. It’s become a global phenomenon, thanks to the creation of Agnes Brown; a foul-mouthed granny who the comedian both writes for and stars as. The BBC television show that made him – and his family – famous, Mrs Brown’s Boys, has been inundated with awards and accolades, including four National Television Awards, two TV Choice Awards, three Scottish Baftas, three IFTA Awards, three TV Times Awards, Royal Television Society Winner and a TV Bafta for Best Situation Comedy. It’s been two years since the Browns were in New Zealand and they’re

now thrilled to be returning for their latest tour, For the Love of Mrs. Brown. He’s joined on the road with a cast and crew of 33, including his wife, children, six grandkids, three tutors, and the crew and all the cast from the TV series. The show is perfectly timed for around Valentine’s Day, picking up with Mrs Brown realising that everyone in her household has found love, except its famous matriarch. Cathy’s considering plastic surgery to get a ring on her finger, Dermot realises he may need to step it up with the romance to keep his marriage fresh and even granddad has found love! So, as Mrs Brown turns to “d’internet” to meet someone new, allow the hilarity to ensue. “Her eldest daughter decides it’s time for Agnes to get a date,” explains Brendan. “Agnes complains that her legs have been together longer than the Rolling Stones. She doesn’t know where to start, so Cathy says, ‘why don’t we start with the internet’, but she’s terrified she might get a virus.” The big difference with a live show, as opposed to the television version, is Brendan gets up to a lot more mischief. “First of all, I get to play,” he laughs. “At least 25 per cent of the time, the cast won’t be sure what’s coming out of Mrs Brown’s mouth next. We have a bit of fun with that, and also, we get a chance to really establish a story. You’re trying to do it in 28 minutes on the series, and we get two hours to do it (live) and from our end, to be on the stage and hear two hours of laughter, it’s like topping up your petrol tank, it’s just amazing.” The road to success Brendan O’Carroll has had many occupations in his life, but he has certainly found his niche writing comedy. The youngest of 11 children, he was born in Dublin in 1955, left school at 12, and worked as a waiter, disco manager, milkman, pirate radio disc-jockey and painter-decorator, to name just a few. continued over page

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The many faces of Agnes Brown: From stand-up to taking over the small screen, Brendan has audiences in stitches from Australia to Zimbabwe.

From P5 One day, while running his own bar and cabaret lounge, someone convinced him to try out the comedy circuit, and, after starting out with small gigs, word soon got around and they quickly became popular, must-see events. It was an appearance on Ireland’s longest-running chat show, The Late Late Show, when his career began to snowball, hitting the funny bone of the studio audience and viewers at home who couldn’t get enough of his unique humour. While we may have only caught on to the comedic brilliance of O’Carroll in recent years, Ireland has been celebrating his success for decades. Television appearances soon led to his first video, Live at the Tivoli, which went straight to No.1. The trajectory continued and by 1994, he was already voted Ireland’s No.1 Variety Entertainer at the National Entertainment Awards. Brendan went on to make best-selling

videos and a bestselling record, as well as touring in Ireland, the UK and the US. How it all changed There’s no doubt that the 2FM radio show, Mrs Brown’s Boys, written by and starring Brendan, was the game changer for, not only his career, but that of his whole family. This was where Agnes Brown was developed and created. Soon a novel followed, The Mammy, published in 1994, which topped the bestseller charts in Ireland, and he then went on to bring Agnes to the stage in a series of five live shows titled, the Agnes Brown Trilogy. The Mammy was followed by The Chisellers, The Granny, and a prequel, The Young Wan, was sold into the US. The Mammy caught the attention of actress, Anjelica Huston, who in 2000, adapted it into a Hollywood movie, making her directorial debut with Jim Sheridan, on Agnes Brown. The small screen then came calling, with

the development of Mrs Brown’s Boys (2002–2008), a series of seven film-like adaptations which were shown on Irish television. Its boxset went multi-platinum in Ireland and the UK. According to his bio, in 2009, Brendan was approached by a BBC producer and the wheels were put in motion to create a six-part series, based on the live shows. They aired on RTE One and BBC in January 2011 to a huge audience. Following the success of the first series, the BBC commissioned subsequent series, as well as Christmas specials. Since 2011, Mrs Brown’s Boys has taken the top slot in the ratings for the Christmas period with a staggering audience of more than 15 million. The DVDs of the series have now sold more than seven million copies and continue to reach the top of the charts in the UK and Ireland each year. All this continued success still manages to come as a surprise to its creator.

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“I’d love to be able to say I was clever and had a plan, but something that was five minutes on the radio, has turned into Mrs Brown – the radio series, the novels, the five plays, the TV series, then the movie, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie. “She just lends herself to so much fun in different elements, but why not?” Family matters Since the Browns’ last New Zealand visit, they’ve been busy filming a live broadcast celebrating 60 years of Comedy with the BBC, Christmas Specials, and a sell-out UK and Ireland arena tour. Agnes’ brand-new TV chat show, All Round to Mrs Brown’s (which appeared on TVNZ last year), attracted huge ratings in the UK and Ireland when it aired to a staggering 5 million viewers each Saturday night. It’s clear that Brendan loves what he does and the fact that his family is involved every step of the way, is the icing on the

cake for the father, husband and doting granddad. “I started in stand-up and it’s a great life. It’s wonderful being able to travel the world; but it’s you, your mic and, as soon as you close your hotel room door, you’re on your own. It’s a very lonely life,” Brendan says. “Now, I get to see my grandkids. Within half an hour they knock on the door and come in for a cup of tea and they all sit around the table like the board of directors. That gets to happen every morning and most people don’t get that.” Having his family involved in the cast also means writing their gags, which allows for 25 per cent ad lib every night, and the inevitable re-takes when they forget their lines and crack up laughing. “I write for the characters and then wait for the performance to trip them up,” he laughs. “As soon as one of them goes; ‘I’m off the script’, I go, ‘you think you are…’ “Every night something else will pop into

my head, or Agnes’ head, which is even worse, but Jenny is a great rock, and Paddy (Houlihan), who plays Dermot, is a great rock, they always know when to bring it back on track.” Brendan says he’s not surprised that Australians and New Zealanders are such big fans of the show as their humour is similar to the Irish. But, he is constantly amazed when he receives calls saying it’s number one in Zimbabwe or Canada, and it’s also big in Romania and the Czech Republic. “You kind of go, ‘wow’. But I suppose Charlie Chaplin was funny in every country, so comedy is comedy.” When he returns to Christchurch this month, Brendan can’t wait to experience the changes in the city, meet more locals, and most of all, make people laugh. “I can’t wait to see what difference two years can make. Sometimes, stepping into New Zealand is like going home, it’s got an Irish feel to it.”

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Yes I have a heart cond but that’s not who I a



Put Ronin McIlroy in a crowd and he’s just another teen kicking around with his mates. He’s outgoing, has an engaging smile, a warm personality and a ready to laugh. There’s nothing to mark Ronin out as different – on the outside. In his case, appearances deceive. He’s like any other teen in every way but one – he has a faulty heart. Ronin was born with the congenital heart disease tricuspid atresia. That meant his tricuspid heart valve had not developed normally and within three months of his birth it had shrivelled up and blood was unable to flow from the right atrium of his heart to the right ventricle. At birth he was a perfect newborn, a welcome second child in the McIlroy family. But at three months, Ronin’s hidden condition made itself known. He struggled to breathe and that meant an emergency trip from the family’s Rai Valley home to Nelson hospital and then to Auckland’s Greenlane. The tiny baby was rushed into emergency surgery and a stent was placed in his heart. Many anxious days followed before his medical team were confident he was strong enough to return home. That return, however, came with one condition, the family had to leave Rai Valley and live close to Nelson Hospital. Ronin’s heart emergency might be over, but they were told the future would hold more emergencies. Time, when it came to accessing care, would always be critical. But Ronin defied the odds. His health returned and he grew into an energetic toddler. Convinced the worst was over, the

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family moved back out to the country but his return to health was only temporary. Ronin turned four and his heart problems returned. Again he was struggling for breath and once again he was on his way to Greenlane and back into surgery. This time a Fontan Procedure was carried out to place a gortex tube into his heart. His memories of that time are few, but he remembers sitting in hospital playing with teddy bears – they’re still in his bedroom at home. “And I remember there were no beds left

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in the ward and dad sleeping on the floor next to me to comfort me,” he said. Since then life’s been pretty normal for Ronin, but he lives with the knowledge that at some point in the future he’ll need a heart transplant. “One of my valves is leaking. The doctors spotted that during an x-ray. If it gets worse they’ll have to operate but they don’t really want to do more surgery because there is so much scar tissue in there,” he said. The knowledge that a heart transplant will be part of his future took a little getting used to, Ronin said.

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“I only found that out last year and it was a huge shock.” That knowledge is now just part of life and he’s getting on with living and doing everything an 18 year-old does – almost. “I get super tired really easily because the gortex tube in my heart can’t pump any faster so I can’t do anything too physical or do stuff like contact sport, but I’m working full time sometimes up to 50 hours a week. It hasn’t compromised my life,” he said. He listens to his body; it tells him when he’s pushed it too hard or too far. “I can now do more but I know I’ll always have limits.” His only concession to his heart condition is to wear a medic alert bracelet and even that comes with some lighter moments. People ask him what he’s allergic to or whether he’s a diabetic. When he tells them it’s his heart, they’re usually stuck for words. Ronin looks back and knows his heart problems have been tough for his family, but today it’s just part of life, something they rarely talk about. And Ronin doesn’t talk about it either. If someone asks, he tells them and if someone spots the long scar on his chest, he explains. “It’s just part of me.” In his younger years, he said his mum tried to wrap him in cotton wool, said she still tries to occasionally, but growing up that had its benefits. “They let me get away with a lot more than the other kids,” he said The McIlroy family moved to Ashburton, his dad’s home town, when Ronin was in Year 7. He spent one year at Wakanui School and completed his education at Ashburton College.

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Today he still has regular checks at Christchurch Hospital and less regular ones at Greenlane. He tries to eat a healthy diet, but admits he enjoys takeaways occasionally. “It’s all about doing whatever I can to stay well,” he said. He’s a young man on the verge of adulthood who just happens to have a heart condition. It does not define who he is. “I don’t feel I’ve got any issues around it, I’m just another guy really, but there were times when I used to ask ‘why me?’ I don’t know why I got this. It was quite bad

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sometimes but then I’d realise I couldn’t do anything about it, that I just needed to get on and live with it.” Ronin has never felt the need for involvement with heart support groups for children or teens. He wants to get on with living rather than sharing health stories with others. Yes, there’s a heart transplant in his future and whatever issues may come with that, but that’s the future, not today. Life is for living, he said, for getting out and indulging his passion for hunting and fishing and for kicking around with his mates.

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How to support someone with heart disease

How can you help

Find out how other families and whānau support their loved ones after a diagnosis of heart attack, atrial fibrillation, or other heart disease. It can be a real shock to have someone in your family or whānau diagnosed with heart disease, or admitted to hospital for a heart problem. You may feel scared, anxious or even guilty or angry. Many of these feelings are normal reactions. Family and whānau are often more anxious than the person with the heart problem.

Keep talking to each other Communication is important for keeping families close and well-connected. Many couples and families go through life without saying how much they care for each other. Some couples and families say that a heart attack brought them closer because they realised how important they are to each other. It helps for everyone to talk honestly and freely about what they’re feeling. No one, including children, should be excluded from the conversation. You may not be aware that children can often blame themselves when their parents become unwell, so it is important to explain to them what has happened and why it has happened. Having open and honest conversations may not only reduce episodes of stress; it may also encourage the closeness and emotional support that people need following a health scare.

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Manage your own anxiety There are healthy ways to deal with emotions of anxiety, guilt and anger. You may like to talk through your concerns with someone you trust. It's really important for you to take time to recognise your emotional state and take steps to manage your own health. This is for the benefit of your loved one as well. Take some time to build a support network for yourself so that it isn't just you looking after your loved one. Your friends and family/whānau may welcome the chance to help out.

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It's common to feel scared and anxious about your loved one's health, particularly following heart surgery or an unexpected heart event like a heart attack. One of the most common complaints from people who have had a heart attack

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is that their family hover over them too closely, or treat them as frail. Some people describe an abrupt change in their relationship as they take on the role of a nurse rather than a partner. In the longer-term, once anxiety levels even out, people usually resume their normal relationships.

Know when to call for help Ask your doctor and nurse about what to expect as 'normal' and any warning signs to watch out for. Depending on your loved one's condition, there may be different warning signs. Many symptoms may be able to be managed at home, but it's really important to know when you need to call for help. Your loved one may be given a personalised 'action plan' to explain how to manage symptoms and when you need to call for help.

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Heart attack the start of the new life BY LINDA CLARKE

Colleen Wederell had no clue she was having a heart attack. The Ashburton woman was 60 years old and hanging washing at her job when she came over all clammy and suddenly felt sick. Only when her arms began to tingle, did she wonder if something was wrong with her heart. From her workplace at Dorie, she rang her doctor’s office and asked for a checkup. They sent an ambulance. Colleen, now 74, was taken to Christchurch Hospital and spent six weeks there waiting and undergoing a quadruple bypass operation on her heart. “I was a walking timebomb,” she said. “But I didn’t know it.” Heart disease is in Colleen’s family, but she did not consider herself at risk. She led an active life, worked part-time, was healthy and took no medication. Recovering from the heart surgery took time but Colleen says her cardiac event was a wake-up call. She continues to lead an active life, has joined a hip hop dance group and takes the Cardiac Companions group that meets fortnightly in Ashburton. Colleen says her story is not uncommon, especially for women. She still remembers that phone call to her doctor and arguing that she didn’t need an ambulance, just an appointment. By the time paramedics arrived, she was beginning to feel pain in her chest and the seriousness of her situation was sinking in. She rang her husband and told him she

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had had a heart attack and was going to hospital; he would have to collect the car. Colleen now knows those telltale pains in the arms, shoulder and neck signal a heart attack. She is among those who share their stories at the Cardiac Companions meetings, held at the Buffalo Hall. The get-togethers are part social, part educational and part exercise. There is often a guest speaker and the topics are driven by the people who attend. People want to know about the pills they take, about how to resuscitate someone having a heart attack and other health issues, she said. They also want to listen to music and do some gentle movements.

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Colleen takes the exercise session. People can sit or stand and movements involve raising their arms and legs. Outside the Cardiac Companion group, her own exercise regime includes hip hop dance as part of a newly-formed Ashburton group. Colleen said the hip hop journey had been fun and inspirational, and she had met the national founder of the hip hop for seniors movement, Billy Jordan. She and her friends had watched the documentary about the group Billy took to the world hip hop champs, laughed a lot and learned new steps. Her heart attack changed her life, and her outlook. “Life is short. Don’t stay home”.

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One of the key elements in regaining or retaining a healthy heart is a regular exercise programme and Annabel Askin knows better than most just how transforming regular exercise can be.

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She’s the district’s Green Prescription co-ordinator, working under the umbrella of Sport Canterbury Mid Canterbury and among her clients she counts many with cardio vascular disease. Annabel brings a solid background to her job – a masters degree in clinical exercise physiology and work in Australia in rural hospitals in cardio vascular disease management. A large element of her work involved rural and remote tele-healing groups. She’s been the driving force behind Ashburton’s Green Prescription programme for more than two years and says it’s immensely rewarding work as she watches people regain their health. Her cardio vascular clients are mix of those who are referred through the health system and others who self-refer as a way of reducing perhaps blood pressure or cholesterol. “I get people in for general cardio disease and risk management and people who have progressed through Ashburton Hospital’s cardiac programme and are then discharged on to me. We’re often the last phase of linking people back into self-management,” she said. For any one referred to Green Prescription, depending on their underlying health issues, Annabel works with them to achieve the level of activity recommended by the World Health Organisation, 150 minutes exercise per week. Exercise isn’t meant to be exhausting or physically demanding; people get lost in this and think they have to work hard.

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The key is to find something a person enjoys, Annabel said. “You want to be work at a moderate intensity to where you getting a bit short of breath and are unable to sing.” For heart patients she suggests aerobic exercise such as swimming, walking or biking plus a strength component. Green prescription entitles a user to six free sessions of recommended exercise followed by another 10 at half price. While she uses facilities at the EA Networks Centre, Annabel also refers clients to a wide range of community exercise groups and facilities.

During the first face-to-face consultation she works with each client to establish an exercise programme that suits their interests and health needs and from that point maintains regular monitoring contact by phone. While the incentives were huge for patients with cardio vascular disease to become regular exercisers, success always came down to individual motivation and commitment, Annabel said. Some people were just happy to exercise, but others were quite ‘health numbers’ aware and for those people works with them to get the numbers, such as blood


pressure or cholesterol, down. “If people want to push themselves more I’ll help them do that. It doesn’t matter what the exercise is as long as you get physical activity daily. It’s about trying to improve heart people’s health profile. It’s about linking people with the activity providers that are here. The key is lifelong exercise.” She also covers dietary management with her clients. People can find out more about Green Prescription by contacting Sport Mid Canterbury at the EA Networks Centre or by phoning 03 307 0475.

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Reducing your chance of a stroke or heart att

What’s my risk of a heart attack or stroke?

Find out what your current risk is and what you can do to lower your risk. Your risk is an estimate of how likely you are to have a heart attack or stroke in the next five years. If you have a 10 per cent risk, it means that if there were 100 people with the same risk as you, we'd expect 10 of them to have a heart attack or stroke in the next five years. For more information about stroke, visit the Stroke Foundation's website.

What can I do about my risk? You have an important role to play in your health. The choices you make every day can change your risk of heart disease. There are many risk factors that work together to influence your risk of heart disease. Some of these risk factors can be changed, while others cannot. Your age, gender, ethnicity, and family history of heart disease are beyond your control.


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Possible lifestyle changes Even a small change can have a positive impact on your risk of heart attack and stroke. The more you change, the better. • If you smoke, stop smoking

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Move more Eat and drink for a healthy heart Reach a healthy weight Manage stress Take medications Complementary or traditional therapies* *Please talk to your doctor before exploring this option

How to find out what your risk is Ask your doctor or nurse for a heart and diabetes check. Together with your health professional you will identify what things in your life (risk factors) might be putting you at risk for a heart attack, stroke, or of developing diabetes. In the past, your doctor may have treated

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each one of these things separately. A heart and diabetes check looks at all the risk factors together, a bit like putting all the pieces of a puzzle together so you can see the whole picture. The result of a heart and diabetes check is like looking at the whole picture (combined risk), rather than each piece (individual risk factor) of the puzzle on its own.

When should I have a heart and diabetes check? The age when you are advised to start having heart and diabetes checks changes, depending on your age, ethnicity, and other risk factors. • People without known risk factors: • Men from 45 years • Women from 55 years. • Maori, Pacific or Indo-Asian people: • Men from 35 years • Women from 45 years. • People with known cardiovascular risk or at high risk of developing diabetes: • Men from 35 years • Women from 45 years. • People with diabetes • Yearly from diagnosis.

Tips to help you decide

There are many beliefs associated with the heart; it is often believed to be the centre of our emotions, our inner being, our spirituality. This may be an important consideration for you when thinking about your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Other things you might like to think about include: • What risk factors you have and what your risk level is (talk to your doctor if you are not sure) • Understanding all the options you have available • The pros and cons of any treatments or changes you might like to make • What you think might be the best option(s) for you to manage your risk • What you think would happen if you followed your doctor’s recommendations to manage your risk • Any barriers (if any) to following

your doctor’s recommendations • What kind of support from family/ whanau, community, church, health professionals would be most useful in helping you manage your risk • Any concerns or worries you have about making changes • The wider benefits of making lifestyle changes, not only for you, but also your family/whānau. You may like to write down any concerns you may have, and take them to your next appointment to discuss with your doctor or nurse.

What if I don't want to do anything about my risk right now? You can only do a full heart and diabetes check with your health professional. However, if you know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, you can use the know your Numbers website to do a basic heart health check.

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With a busy schedule as a mum and business owner, yoga teacher Katie Collins makes sure she practises yoga every day, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. PHOTOS LAURA BAGRIE

Yoga teacher Katie’s f her place and space

When Katie Collins was forced to give up a promising career in the dance world, she found solace in the yoga studio, which has dramatically changed her lifestyle and career. After moving from the UK to Ashburton seven years ago, she set up Exhale Yoga in March, which is about to celebrate a busy first year in business. Katie reflects on 12 months of change with YOU magazine’s Megan Gnad; discussing giving back to the community, juggling family and work life, and the rise of Broga – yes, yoga for men.


atie Collins believes in a pay-it-forward approach to her business and a holistic outlook on life. Alongside running the successful yoga studio, Exhale Yoga, which celebrates its first anniversary next month, the qualified instructor says everybody should be able to benefit from the practice. Whether you choose to watch tutorials on YouTube in the privacy of your own home, or are guided in a classroom situation, money shouldn’t be a barrier to a balanced mind, body and spirit. With this vision in mind, Katie provides free classes for Ashburton and Methven paramedics to take a little time out from the stress of their positions. She also offers community classes after noticing a need while being involved in Ashburton’s Fitness in The Park. “It occurred to me when holding a free yoga class, that maybe there’s some people who can’t afford to come and practice yoga, so that’s what the community class is about. “Pay a donation, whatever you can, or whatever you’d like to, and it’s going to support a charity. It’s some intrinsic goodness.”

The decision to open up Exhale Yoga on Ashburton’s Burnett Street last year came about rather organically. Katie practised yoga daily and, whenever she had a day off, she would travel to Christchurch for a couple of classes, then turn around and return home. “I would live for it,” she explains. “I’ve known for a long time that Ashburton needed a space. It really happened organically, there wasn’t much of a thought process. I knew I loved doing this and I hoped Ashburton needed this opportunity, but I hadn’t thought about running a business.” Slowly, but surely, she built up a following through social media and classes, and when the doors opened, she was thrilled to welcome new and existing customers. She soon developed a thriving community. Groups of friends now meet for a yoga session and then head to the café for coffee, older people find great benefit in the restorative classes and clients under 14 come along with their mums. And, don’t for a moment think the boys aren’t included. She has also introduced popular

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found e in the sun Broga classes – boys’-only yoga – after she began to question whether local males would feel comfortable coming to her mixed sessions. It’s proven to be a hit. While the first year of development has been positive, she has had to reassess the market and adapt her schedule along the way. “We’ve done a lot of class changes,” she says. “Probably the most interesting thing for me has been that the more physical classes have actually not been as popular as I thought they would be. I felt that people are quite drawn to yoga because of the physical practice, so I pitched that, but they’ve been pared back and there’s a bit more space for some spirituality in there, which is perfect, that’s what yoga ‘is’.” She’s also been taken aback by the self-doubt that creeps into some people’s minds and works hard to build confidence, self-esteem and belief in everyone’s abilities. For this reason, some people choose to go privately where Katie can nurture them in a one-to-one environment. “I have to remind people that, 90 per cent of you are here with two arms and two legs, and, you know, a full beating

Needy pregnant golden labrador Bear may not make yoga very easy, but she certainly makes for some photogenic and amusing moments. The chocolate dog (above centre) is a springer spaniel/labrador x called Vedder.

heart,” she says. “That in itself is all you really need to start here in this particular class. Some still haven’t stepped over the threshold, but are curious. “If you can get yourself dressed; you can do yoga! People really doubt their physical abilities and I think it might be that social media aspect where all everybody ever sees is people doing splits!” Katie is the first to see past the image side of yoga and to the real heart and core of the practice. After all, the day she stumbled into a yoga studio changed her life. Growing up on a farm in Norwich, East Anglia, Katie had big plans to be a professional dancer. Training classically for 15 years, she soon moved into contemporary dance and was working towards a degree programme. But, when she was 17, a horse riding accident made her reassess everything. Competing in a show jumping event, she got the approach wrong and the horse landed on top of her. Thankfully, she wasn’t too badly injured, but during her rehabilitation period nothing was really hitting the mark in allowing

her hip to release. Years later, Katie came across a yoga studio, which, she says after a series of sessions, released her hip and allowed more space for movement. “After learning more about the practice, I soon realised that not all the tension held in here was physical, explaining why physiotherapists and chiropractors couldn’t physically help my progress any further. There were a lot of emotions that had been stored in there and yoga held the space to release these,” she says. “I think everyone goes through something during their teenage years, it’s traumatic in one sense or another.” Katie went on to become a licensed dance teacher (IDTA), and completed a degree in Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage (BSc Hons), both of which mean her teaching style has an in-depth approach to the body’s movement and alignment. She soon found herself on a plane bound for New Zealand, and, alongside some travel, she worked with Southern Rugby as a fitness coach for a season and in the dairy industry. continued over page

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From P17 But, wherever she ended up, she found herself drawn to Mid Canterbury and every time she returned it was “the same faces welcoming me back”. “They really took me in and I developed friendship groups.” She moved to Ashburton in 2011 and married Michael Collins. The couple have also welcomed daughter Evie, who is now two-and-a-half. Becoming a mum means learning to adapt yoga in and around her new schedule, but it hasn’t changed her dedication or passion. “I still do a daily practice, but I often have to be aware that I don’t get two hours to myself anymore, I get to do 20 minutes with a dog in my face and some Lego on my lap, but it’s still yoga,” she laughs. “It still allows some time to give me some space, step back and think, ‘okay, today I’m feeling like crap, but it’s because I didn’t sleep very well last night and this is what I need to do to recharge myself’. Some days I just do a guided meditation.” Katie is now teaming up with health coach, Heidi Hart, and plans to introduce retreat days this year, for those who can’t commit to a regular timeslot. “It’s important to keep it affordable, too, because that price-point thing, you can’t make it all about business when it’s actually about love and health.” She herself has benefited from retreat days, most recently a “really special” one in Staveley and Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, in Auckland, has been the most life-changing. “I regularly stay in touch with what they’re doing up there. It’s where I did my yoga teaching practice and they have an international yoga festival. “I absolutely adore one of my teachers from my yoga teaching … she lived for years in an Indian Ashram, she’s up at 4.30

Bear’s one happy mum-to-be when she gets a tummy rub from Katie Collins.


in the morning doing her chants and her rituals, and she embodies what yoga is. It’s really grounding to be around, she’s probably my key teacher I look to for guidance.” Katie is now a 200-hour RYT with the Yoga Alliance and her style of yoga comes from a varying background of Bikram, and Vinyasa with some influential Iyengar, Baptiste and Satyananda teachers. “When you finish a yoga practice, you have this kind of 50/50 mix of euphoria and total peace, and to be able to tap into both of those things whenever you need them, I can’t describe enough how much calmer and how much space it gives you just to be a little bit more like yourself, rather than rushing frantically. “People tell me they hadn’t been aware of their breath and say, ‘I’ve discovered a sense of calm I didn’t know was in me’.” Katie’s journey from the UK to New


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Katie’s simple tips to a calmer you: – Become aware of your breath – During different moments of the day, stop for a moment and check in with yourself. I don’t know how many times we get to bed at the end of the day and have no idea how we’ve been feeling during the day, but you might be lying in bed a little frustrated and twitching. It’s because of these different moments and emotions that we keep ignoring. There’s already two practices that don’t involve putting on lycra and that’s still yoga! – Relax and I don’t mean sitting in front of the TV! Take a cup of tea out on to the deck in the morning and just take a moment to be really present with whatever is happening that day.

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It’s that brunch kind of feeling FOR FOODIES with Marg Brownlie

It’s almost that time of year again, when I celebrate another year, with another number attached to it, and another brunch! However, the weather is somewhat mystical currently so I thought I would share my brunch ideas with some readers that might be hardier than myself to brave these autumn-like mornings under the pergola; a pergola being a pre-requisite for summer brunches. I tried the banana banger recipe out on the teenagers last night and they loved it. Even though I used it as a dessert in this instance, it was also one of my ideas for a brunch menu and I do think it would go down well. Packed full of goodness and very little sugar, depending on which muesli you choose, this is a great start if you are health conscious. Never mind the obligatory bubbles that must go with all brunches. Make it non-alcoholic if you must! Marg Brownlie is the former owner/head chef of two restaurants in Kaikoura and Karamea.


Banana banger This recipe is a great for getting rid of bananas that are looking a tad tired. Just peel them and chop into bite-sized pieces and throw into a plastic, air-tight bag and freeze for when you need them. Serves two people 3 bananas, chopped and frozen 1/2 to 3/4 C almond milk (unsweetened) Toasted muesli (I used toasted

muesli clusters and they were perfect) Fresh blueberries – In two parfait glasses, put a little of the muesli in the bottom of a glass. Top with half of the banana mixture (banana and almond milk blended until smooth) in each glass and then another handful of the muesli. – A handful of fresh blueberries on top of the muesli and you’re done!

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Potato, bacon and chorizo fritome (frittata/omelette) This recipe is my take on a frittata. I have served it with slow roasted cherry tomatoes from the garden, but equally divine is to serve it with a citrusy tomato and cucumber fresh salsa. 1T olive oil 3 medium agria potatoes, steamed or boiled until tender 3 rashers of bacon, finely chopped 2 chorizo sausages, finely chopped 1/2 large onion, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, crushed Handful of chopped fresh italian parsley 6 eggs 3T milk or cream Salt and pepper 1T butter – In a medium pan, add olive oil and heat over a medium heat. – Add the diced onion, chorizo, bacon and garlic and cook until browned and a little crispy. – Add the steamed potatoes and crush them a little in the pan. Continue to cook these until also browned and crispy. – Take off the heat and add the fresh parsley and mix all together. – While the potato mixture is resting you will need to make an omelette. – Break eggs into a medium-sized bowl and add milk or cream, and salt and pepper to season. – Mix until combined with a fork. – In a large frypan, melt butter and heat over a medium heat until the

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butter just begins to bubble. Ease the egg mixture into the pan and gently move the eggs around with a spatula until the bottom of the pan is covered with cooked egg. To finish off the omelette, put the pan under a grill until slightly browned and egg is cooked all the way through. Gently lift the omelette on to a large plate and pile potato and bacon mixture on to one half of it. Fold the other half of the omelette over the filling. Serve with slow roasted cherry tomatoes or a fresh tomato and cucumber salsa.

Tomato and cucumber salsa 2 large tomatoes 1/2 telegraph cucumber 1/2 small red onion, finely diced Handful chopped coriander Juice of a lime Salt and pepper – Remove seeds from tomatoes and cucumber and finely dice. – Combine with red onion and coriander, then add lime juice and combine. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve either over or next to the fritome.

Corn fritters with feta and bacon Serves 4 1C flour 1t baking powder 1t ground cumin 1/2 C milk 2 eggs, beaten 400g canned sweetcorn 4 rashers bacon, diced 100g feta, crumbled coarsely 3T fresh coriander, or parsley, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/2 t salt Olive oil 125g sour cream

2T sweet chilli sauce 50g salad greens 1 tomato 1 shallot, finely diced 1 avocado – Preheat the oven to 200°C. If using a fan-forced oven 180°C is enough (It is only to keep the fritters warm while cooking). – Put the flour, baking powder, cumin, milk and eggs into a bowl and beat until smooth. Add the sweetcorn to the batter with the bacon, feta, coriander,

garlic and salt. Mix well. – Fry large spoonfuls in moderately hot olive oil until well browned on each side. Place the corn fritters on paper towels, on an oven-proof tray and put in oven for five minutes. – Mix the sour cream and sweet chilli sauce together. Serve the corn fritters with the sour cream, sweet chilli sauce and a green salad with tomatoes, shallot and avocado. – For extra decadence you could serve them with a couple of extra rashers of good-quality grilled bacon on the side.

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Eat well, eat right and feel light

Summer time is that time of year that you want to eat right, and look your best in your summer clothes. With the hot weather you may have noticed the extra calories quite an annoyance, which may have been added over the winter months, otherwise known as the insulation calories. With the hot weather they now feel like more of a burden, and you may be finding that your summer clothes aren’t fitting as well as they did last summer, and those insulation calories now feel more of a hindrance than the comfort of the winter warming layer they once were useful for, and no bulky sweatshirts to hide the extra bits, and bumps as it is too hot to wear the thicker layers. Nevermind, there are plenty of easy ways to shed those extra kilos without too much added stress to go with it:-

Trade away those extra kilos:

Trade driving to the grocery store to walking to the grocery store for those extra supplies. Trade sweet muffins for apples. Trade sweet juices for water. Trade alcohol for a light fruit juice. Trade heavy meals for light meals – salads and stir-frys. Trade bread for lettuce. Trade potatoes for rice at some meals, or have an extra serve of salad instead. Trade ice-creams for homemade fruit popsicles Trade desserts for a fruit sorbet or fruit smoothie Trade cheese for hummus and a variety of pestos Trade soft drinks for a watered-down juice. Trade pies for sandwiches or sushi. Trade store-brought lunches for homemade lunches. Trade potato chips for vegetable crudites and hummus Trade fish and chips for homemade grilled fish and potato chips made from whole potatoes and olive oil. Trade takeaway hamburgers and chips for

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homemade hamburgers and potato chips. Trade store-brought sushi for homemade sushi. Trade store-brought chicken wraps for homemade wraps. Trade the second cup of coffee for a cup of herbal, green or brown tea. Resist having a second serving of lunch or dinner. Include more protein in your diet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, palm-size portion only. Include a variety of colours in your daily diet, whenever possible, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Include more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis whenever, and wherever possible, especially as snacks instead of biscuits and cakes. Trade biscuits and cakes for bliss balls as they hold more key nutrients found in the nuts and seeds. Include more of the good fats in your diet to help with your long-term satiety throughout the day. Have a lighter meal in the evening and don’t eat too late. There are a variety of ideas to help you towards losing some of those extra calories that you just can’t quite shift. It provides you with options, to create healthier eating habits, and if you continue to maintain them, along with increasing your weekly exercise programme, you may notice a considerable difference. Bear in mind that healthy eating is a long-term approach to maintaining a healthy weight and be mindful that it apparently meant to take up to three weeks to change a habit. Enjoy the rewards from making these small changes and see how you feel after three months. Hopefully you will be feeling much lighter and eating nutritionally healthier. With the compliments of Jane Logie, a medicinal herbalist, clinical nutritionist and chef from Methven

Salmon frittata This is an easy, quick way to make a delicious meal that can be eaten with a side salad for lunch or dinner, and a serving of sushi rice. Packed with vegetables and protein, it makes for a very nutritious dish. Enjoy.

50g smoked salmon (or ham or bacon) 8 eggs 1/2 C cheese (optional) 1/3 C cream 1t salt 1/2 t white pepper 3/4 C red pepper, chopped 3/4 C yellow pepper, chopped 1/2 onion, chopped 1C baby spinach, chopped 2 large mushrooms 3T olive oil

– Set the oven at 170°C on fan bake – middle rack. – Place the eggs in a large bowl, whisked together, then add the cheese, cream, salt, pepper and salmon, mix through with a fork, and set aside. – Chop up the remaining ingredients on the list and set aside individually on a large plate. – On the stove top place a large iron frying pan and place the olive oil in the pan, making sure you oil the sides as well. Do this by swirling the olive oil around. – Turn the stove on to high heat and quickly saute the onion, peppers and mushrooms for two minutes, and then add the spinach, and saute for a minute. – Now add the egg mixture into the pan, making sure it is all mixed in with a wooden spoon. – Place the pan with the frittata mixture in it, in the oven and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until it looks golden brown on top. Test by placing a knife in the centre to check the egg has set. – Take out and allow to cool – quickly run a knife around the edge so that the sides don’t stick. * This dish can also be cooked in a ceramic quiche dish, after the vegetables have been cooked in the pan.

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Above – This salmon frittata is so easy, versatile and nutritious.




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Eco living by Sheryl Stivens

Have a go at grasscycling What a summer it has been. Endless hot days followed by lashings of rain and as a result massive growth for gardens and lawns. Have you heard about grasscycling? Grasscycling is the practice of leaving grass clippings on the lawn; leaving your lawn longer and cutting more regularly during high growth periods. Invest in a mulching mower or convert your mower with a mulching blade. It will save you time and improve your lawn.


Advantages to grasscycling No raking the lawn or filling up your wheelie bin


Save money – no extra green-waste charges or bin hire


Fifty per cent of your lawn’s fertiliser needs are met, so you reduce time and money spent fertilising


Less polluting: reduces the need for fertiliser, pesticides and herbicides


Non-thatch causing, thus making a lawn vigorous and durable

Help Ashburton recycle more and waste less Whether you live in the collection area and have your own yellow-lidded recycle bin or use the Community Recycling Depots larger yellow-lidded bins the principles for recycling are the same. Clean plastic bottles and containers, cans and paper must be loose in your recycle bin. Nothing inside plastic bags. Keep all your recycling loose in your wheelie bin so the paper, cardboard, cans and plastic bottles and containers can flow along the conveyor belts and get

sorted robotically. Plastic shopping bags can be recycled if they are placed in your bin clean, empty and loose. No gladwrap, bubblewrap, soft plastics or plastic film in your recycle bin. No polystyrene, batteries or aerosol cans in recycling bins. These can be dropped off at the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park or put into your red bin.

Do you live on a farm and use the Community Recycling depots? Clean recycling only in the yellow-lidded recycle bins please. Please ask your farm workers not to drop any foodwaste or greenwaste or household rubbish at the Community Recycling Depots. For more information or to find your nearest community recycling depot see

What happens to your recycling? Plastic containers and bottles, cans, cardboard and paper collected for recycling around the Ashburton District are transported to Christchurch

or Timaru where they are mechanically sorted using highly engineered sorting equipment. The sorted products are

baled into high density bales and shipped out to various markets. Please keep all your recycling loose and clean inside your bin.

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Book your place to attend a workshop Learn interesting ways to reduce your rubbish and live more sustainably. Book you and your friends a place with the inspirational and entertaining celebrity speaker, Kate Meads at the Food Lovers Masterclass and/or Waste Free Parenting evening workshops on February 27 and 28 in Ashburton


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Ball checklist

If the big day is looming and you are stressing about getting everything done in time ... here’s a handy little checklist to help make your ball something to relax into and enjoy!

GIRLS o The dress Pick the dress that fits your body and style. Book an afternoon to go to as many shops as you can and try on as many different dresses as possible. Take a group of friends and chose the dress that makes you feel amazing. It’s your night to shine girlfriend. TIP: A local seamstress can easily fix any little issues with the straps, waist or bust.

o The hair Choose a style that goes with the feel of your dress. Vintage boho-chic, classic etc. Arrange an appointment before the date of the ball. Bring plenty of picture ideas on styles and also a picture of you in your dress with your hair up and loose.

o The heels If you have a plain dress then go for statement shoes that sparkle. If you are rocking a beaded beauty, choose a simple style for elegant feet. TIP: Practise walking in them before, so you look like a pro, and make sure you can dance the nght away in them.

o The mani and pedi Once you have chosen your dress, then the rest will fall into place, including your nails. Plan your colour scheme accordingly

o The bling A simple dress can be taken to the next level with amazing bling. Have fun dressing your look up with all kinds of rhinestones and gems. You can never have too much!

o The clutch If you have no jewellery, then go over the top with a fabulous clutch. Have fun accessorising your outfit with a statement clutch. It’s the ball, its supposed to be over the top!

o The extras Pre-ball venue and photos with your besties: Make sure that your school year has organised an event with a photographer to get the night off to a great start. Transportation plans: Arrange something zany and weird, from tractors to golf carts, the crazier the better. Make that entrance!

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BOYS o The tickets Make sure you have your ticket and one for your date. Do you need tickets to a pre-ball or after-ball event? Discuss with your date and friends and organise these.

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o The transportation Talk with your date and friends about hiring a limo or something special for the evening. Will the transport take you to the pre-ball and after ball or do you need to organise a sober driver for this? Pay a deposit and make sure to confirm the arrangements nearer the time.

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o The outfit To hire or to buy? Tuxedo or suit? Head out for the afternoon and try on some options to get a feel for what your style is and what colours suit you. Check with your date what colours will compliment their outfit. o The hair A quick tidy up or a statement hair style, it’s up to you how far you want to go! o The accessories Match shoes with your belt, tan brown goes well with a blue suit. Or go for something different with braces, a cummerbund, pocket silk, or a bow tie, the options are endless. Don’t be boring with your footwear, it’s not all about the girls!


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Getting ready The dress to for the ball say yes to Ball season will be here before we know it! Here at Samantha Rose Flowers we are taking orders for your personalized hand-made wrist corsages and buttonholes. As young florists we understand and follow the latest trends in floral design. We can custom make beautiful wrist corsages and

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Che Bello is a specialist formal/ ball gown store located in Dunsandel. Sarah and her team stock great quality, affordable gowns sizes in 6-24 in all colours and styles. They offer a personal service where you can try before you buy. To eliminate the possibility of someone showing up in the same gown on your special night, they keep a list of each gown and where it has gone. Be the belle of the ball this year with an elegant gown from Che Bello. Call in and say yes to a dress.

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KITT will make you the star of the show There’s a few different ways you can stand out when arriving for your formal or ball. But if you are really looking for the WOW factor then you need KITT from the Black Shadow Project for your preferred mode of transport. The Knight Industries Two Thousand, or more affectionately referred to as KITT, is a tidy replica of the well-known car from the TV programme Knight Rider. Being black this car will complement whatever your formal regalia and make you the star of the show. As the car features T-tops, the roof can be partially removed enabling you to stand as you enter. When being seen is not enough, KITT can help you be heard. In addition to the gentle rumble of the V8 engine, KITT has a loud voice. With it he can announce your presence upon your arrival at your destination.

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Making Skin care SMART goals rituals A new year brings the opportunity for a fresh start and for many, getting back into a healthy diet and lifestyle is top of the resolution agenda. Follow these top tips to get on track and charge up your year with energy and enthusiasm. Find your motivation What inspires you to eat better and live well? Do you want to manage your weight, feel more energetic, or simply improve your health? Be clear about what you want and use it to motivate you through your journey. Make sensible lifestyle changes It might be tempting to try the latest fad diet or exercise craze, but these are usually unrealistic, hard to maintain, and can sometimes be dangerous. Find a reliable source of information to help you understand exercise, nutrition, and how to incorporate healthy changes into your life safely and effectively.

Have a plan and set goals Outline the changes you want to make and then decide how you will fit them in to your life. SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely – goals will help you measure your progress. Eat breakfast A healthy breakfast will give you more energy, leave you feeling fuller for longer, and lead you to make healthier choices throughout the day. Take a good-quality multivitamin and probiotics to cover your nutritional bases and support digestive health. Eat your colours Incorporate lots of fresh fruit and veggies into your diet, along with good-quality, lean proteins like red meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Along with fibre from nuts, legumes, seeds and whole grains, these foods will ensure your body is provided with all the nutrients it needs for optimal function.




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If you’re keen to embark on a cruise but have no idea what to expect here’s my ultimate cruising guide. In 2018 there is a cruise to suit every style of traveller. River cruising now also appeals to younger couples who want to cover a large volume of ground but don’t want to co-ordinate every aspect of the trip themselves. Many larger cruises now offer connecting staterooms and suites for families. You won’t find many five year olds opposed to a Disney cruise. And for those who are in their twilight years, the traditional fuss-free cruise we all grew up with, never actually went away. The food isn’t as sinful as you think. Expect a steady supply of breakfast, brunch, pre-elevenses, elevenses, lunch, dinner and so forth. But what most people find is that the activities are so extensive, you’ll need every single kilojoule to power you through. The activities are seemingly never-ending. You can be busy from morning until midnight. Gone are the days where only land-based excursions and nightly cabaret shows filled your agenda, in 2018 cruise ships are equipped with everything from casinos to rock climbing walls and everything in between. Even the smaller river

cruises boast wine tastings and cheese tastings.

4. Art lovers will revel in the $60 million worth of fine art which sits on the walls of Celebrity Cruise’s five largest ships – Eclipse, Equinox, Silhouette, Solstice and Reflection. 5. For those who want more bang for their buck, you can’t go wrong with Seven Seas. Their Voyager, Mariner and Explorer ships all boast an incredibly generous all-inclusive itinerary. Including unlimited shore excursions, open bars (and in-room minibars), complimentary wi-fi and all-inclusive dining restaurants. 6. Like the idea of a cruise but not the hordes? Seabourn’s four ships have fewer than 300 suites each. 7. Stay local with Paul Gauguin. Their only focus is the South Pacific. 8. If you don’t want to spend full days at sea, consider a river cruise. You’ll sail through the night instead, waking to a new destination the following day. We cannot stress enough there is a cruise to suit everyone. Advertising feature

Here are some of our favourite cruises offering highlights you may not have thought of: 1. Disney’s cruises are quite simply a child’s dream holiday. On water. With non-stop on-board children’s programmes dedicated to smaller guests, you’re never too far from fancy dress and pirate nights, Disney shows and Toy Story ... The Musical. 2. For the ocean liner experience of yesteryear, complete with black tie evenings and silver service, Cunard is your go-to. It’s like stepping back in time to the golden era of elegant cruising. 3. Prefer a more relaxed approach to cruising? How about partaking in a craft beer programme on-board Princess Cruises?

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Harvest time is not my time

Ahhh … it’s harvest time! Otherwise known as where-is-my-husband month, and pass-the-hayfever-pills season. It’s predictable now that I know this happens every year, but there is always something that trips me up. This year I figured if I stayed well clear of the entire scenario I would be fine. But after hours and days on end in dusty paddocks I did start to feel a little sorry for the farmer working so hard, so I decided to help the best way I knew – meals on wheels – right to the combine door! On one of his final nights (while it was still light) I brewed a strong flat white – which is one of the city things that’s rubbed off on the farmer – and packed a piping hot ham quiche (ok, we all know it’s not homemade, but it looked good), complete with pottle of tomato sauce, and headed to the paddock with the children excitedly buckled in for the ride. Disclaimer: We live on a shingle road and I often make a coffee to drink when I’m heading to Christchurch for work, and have never had issues with this sloshing around in the cup holder. However, once in the unpredictable terrain of the grain paddock, anything goes. As soon as I was driving through one field to get to another (of course he was in the furtherest away one possible) I started


losing latte. The first scorching drop landed on my leg and somehow made it up my arm as I bumped up and down in the car. I had to take it from the cup holder and was now balancing it as I drove. This is about the exact time I noticed the pottle of tomato sauce tip ever so gently in slow motion into the second cup holder. I resigned myself to the fact this meal was arriving without sauce. Now, I remembered the farmer has always told me to follow the tyre tracks in a pad-

dock, which makes sense, but as I drove through the rows where he’d already harvested I found myself somewhat stuck in a maze of gold, row upon row with no actual ending and suddenly I was driving in a zig-zag fashion desperately looking for an exit. The children, by the way, are finding this all hilarious. On arrival, I presented a now semiwarm quiche and half a latte with sauce stuck to the outside of the cup. Luckily for me it was all inhaled without so much as a blink, but I think next time it would be safer to simply order a pizza and just save up for the rural delivery fee. TV reporter, journalist, mum and born and bred Aucklander Donna-Marie Lever talks about life after marrying a farmer and moving to rural Mid Canterbury


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Ashburton Preschools’ Directory

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Ashburton Baptist Preschool The Ashburton Baptist Preschool is a community based centre that started as a small group in the church over 30 years ago. We are licensed for 69 children per day. We have three areas, the Mohi Kete means Moses’ basket (our under two room) – we can have up to 13 per day, Te Ruma Ako means the learning room (the over two area) and can have up to 26 per day and the Tuhura room means to learn, discover, unearth (three and a half to five years of age) and this can have up to 30 children a day. We are very fortunate to be governed by an active trust board made up of members of the Ashburton Baptist Church who have a range of expertise and skills. We believe that the preschool should recognise that every person is equally and infinitely valued by God and needs to experience the love of Christ. We believe that all people are unique and made up of body, mind and spirit, all of which need to be nurtured. As part of the church nationally we share a fundamental role in bringing about reconciliation and justice as envisaged in the Bible and covenanted in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We use the programme to encourage children to be involved in both structured and free playtime throughout the day. We offer structured mat times with stories and songs that encourage the devel-

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opment of literacy, numeracy, drama and a love of the spoken word – often these have a Christian base and allow us to talk with the children about being kind, caring, honest and trustworthy. We are currently looking at ways we can expand and utilise the property we have. We started by revamping our outdoor area in Te Ruma Ako which created a different feel for the environment and got rid of some wasted space. From here we want to look at what other areas we can transform and how we can strengthen our links and involvement within our community to meet the needs of the children and their families who attend the centre. We would also love to have a place where parents can meet formally and informally – encouraging conversations and relationships to form.

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February gardening tips Although we delight in the summer heat and sunshine, February can be a challenging month for your garden. The extreme weather, such as high temperatures, strong winds and minimal rainfall can have a big impact. However, it’s an important time for harvesting in the home orchard and vegetable garden so there is plenty to do. Keep harvesting those delicious summer vegetables such as; tomatoes, sweet corn, beans, lettuce, capsicum, aubergines and cucumbers. Water plants regularly to ensure even ripening, and mulch with Daltons Compost. Snip off dead or dying growth and remove any plants that are diseased; especially those with blight, which unfortunately cannot be treated once it takes hold, and will quickly kill crops like tomatoes. Remove any vegetable plants that have cropped and finished for the season to provide room for winter vegetables that can be planted towards the end of the month, such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbages and cauliflower, which will mature in early winter. Although it can be a tedious task, keep dead-heading summer flowering annuals in posts or the garden to encourage the last blooms of the season. It’s also time to plan for autumn/winter flowering displays. Begin sowing seeds of winter annuals like alyssum, calendulas, primulas, nemesias, pansies, polyanthus, stock, violas and wallflowers. These “potted colour” varieties will brighten up containers or parts of the garden that need a bit of colour during winter. Late season peaches and plums are now maturing. After crops are finished, future-proof with a light summer prune and thin out old growth. Reduce the height of trees to allow for easy picking next season. Make sure all fruit trees are well mulched to help retain soil moisture levels and reduce weed growth. They can be fertilised from mid-February

as rain begins to arrive. Mid to late summer is a tough time for roses. However, if well cared for, they will continue blooming well into autumn, especially the hardy ‘iceberg’ variety. Dead head plants regularly, ensure they have plenty of water and apply mulch. As temperatures begin to reduce, begin applying Daltons Premium Rose Fertiliser at 4 to 6 weekly intervals. Lawns tend to suffer this month. They often appear very dry with brown patches and the ground can have quite alarming cracks in places. Where water is readily available (and not too expensive), irrigate regularly in the cooler parts of the day. Although tempting to start now, keep any major renovation or repair work until autumn.

Late February is the beginning of the bulb planting season so start thinking about varieties you would like to grow. These include; anemones, crocus, daffodils, freesias, hyacinth, iris, jonquil, Ixia, lachenalias, muscari, nerines, ranunculus, tulips and watsonias. Prepare the soil thoroughly before planting by adding in Daltons Compost to the existing soil. Bulbs thrive in an open, sunny position where the soil is friable and welldrained. Plant them in clumps to provide an attractive display. For more gardening advice, check out our range of How To Grow guides on our website

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We have a Daltons Garden Mulch prize pack to give away valued at $85 and contains 3 Daltons Mulch and Grows, 4 Besgrow Coir Briquettes and 3 Daltons Nugget Barks, including a pair of comfortable, versatile Red Back gardening gloves from Omni Products

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Noeline and Alistair Mackenzie is this month’s winner with the following question: Can you help me with my standard roses? I have two white standard roses which look healthy but come in to bud and immediately turn brown. I have only have very few actual roses. They are planted in a north facing situation so have morning sun. It is very frustrating. Without knowing which variety your standard rose is or the age of the rose, we would suggest the following possibilities which may cause the bud to brown. As a roses root system is surprisingly minimal, if the plant has dried out excessively in the December/early January period, this often leads to poor bud formation and bud browning and dropping before opening. While roses do not require exceptional care, mulching with crushed bark or compost will help with constant soil moisture. Regular fertilising with a specific rose fertiliser (Daltons Premium Rose and Flower Fertiliser) in October/November, and again in March/April, helps the plants develop into strong, sturdy specimens. The potash in rose fertilisers also helps in the development of sturdy flowers. Be patient, most roses, bush or standard, improve with age and of course with adequate care. Products to try: Daltons Garden Time Landscape Bark or Daltons Mulch and Grow. For more information check out our How to Grow Roses Guides at

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All questions supplied are entered into the draw to win a Daltons prize pack, but the Guardian reserves the right to choose which questions and answers will be published. Daltons post the prize to our lucky winner.

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OUT AND ABOUT @ CharRees Vineyard CharRees Vineyard’s recent Twilight in the Vines was so popular it was standing room only while people were wined and dined. YOU’s Robyn Hood captured the action. Above – Terry Molloy (left) and Peter Yates.


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Mall move for Redcurrent On Thursday, March 1 Redcurrent will moving from Victoria Street and opening a beautiful new store in Merivale Mall. Redcurrent offers home and lifestyle accessories that make everyday life beautiful with a wide range of Redcurrent product sold instore and online as well as high quality brands including Glasshouse Fragrances, ECOYA, MOR Modern Apothecary, Citta Design, Saben and Nature Baby. Redcurrent will be offering the first 200 RedFriends who visit the new store an exclusive gift. Not a RedFriend? Signup instore or online so you don’t miss

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It’s more than just exchanging time The Mid Canterbury TimeBank is launching its new logo this week. You are one of the first to see it! What do you think? The logo design process really got me thinking – is the TimeBank really just About Time (the title of these monthly musings)? Sure, at its most basic level it is about exchanging time. It’s about people doing things for others, like dog walking, business mentoring or sewing, and earning time credits rather than money. But there’s far more to it than just exchanging services and I wanted our logo to convey somehow the bigger picture. Ultimately the TimeBank is about community. By enabling people to connect with others, share skills and give and receive support from each other, we are creating strong social networks that lead to caring and resilient communities. Those who are isolated can find a sense of belonging. Those who don’t feel valued because of age, disability, language barriers, life situation or other factors, can gain a sense of self-worth as all contributions are equally valued. One hour of help, no matter what it is, earns you one time credit. By joining the TimeBank, newcomers to the district and to New Zealand can build connections and more quickly integrate into life in Mid Canterbury. Older people can, through participation in the TimeBank, maintain their independence for longer. Latent resources in the business community, in organisations and in individuals can come to the surface and be made available to others for the benefit of the community. Mental wellbeing can thrive as people have opportunities through the TimeBank to be active, keep learning, take notice, give, and connect – which are the Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing. TimeBanks can even be a real help in times of emergency with their knowledge of who has what needs and what resources or skills that could be drawn on. We wanted a logo that somehow conveyed all of that! Using a clock image was

clearly not going to cut it. A couple of people had voluntarily produced logos for the TimeBank, one of which we were using as an initial temporary logo. As we got busy planning for the October 1 launch of the TimeBank last year, all thoughts about developing a logo got put on hold. A few days after the launch we received a message from a local marketing company asking if they could be involved in the TimeBank. The timing couldn’t have been better. Although the business, Rushton Marketing, could earn time credits for work they do for the Mid Canterbury TimeBank or for individual timebankers, to keep IRD happy they wouldn’t be able to spend their credits on getting services through the TimeBank. Any time credits Rushton Marketing earned would have to be donated to organisations like Presbyterian Support who are members of the TimeBank or to the TimeBank’s Community Fund which is to help out those in need, both in and outside of the TimeBank community. We thought this might put them off being involved so we were pleasantly surprised when Ashleigh Rushton showed such enthusiasm for this idea! It is fantastic to have businesses on board who are keen to not only offer their professional services to and through the TimeBank but then support those in need by donating their time credits as well. So we met with the team at Rushton Marketing and tried to convey to them the many aspects of Timebanking and our main theme of building community. Thankfully they did not seem phased

with the overload of information we presented to them and the challenging task of conveying it somehow through a graphic and logo. We are very pleased with what they came up with. I don’t know what you think of when you see the connected hexagons on our logo. They remind me of the internal structure of beehives with their hexagonal cells that form honeycomb. We associate beehives with busy activity, working together and the production of something sweet. Bees are cooperative and industrious and operate in community in their hive. They get things done and work towards a common goal – rather like timebankers! Alone, one bee might seem insignificant, but when working together with others, it accomplishes beautiful things- like the making of delicious honey and the pollination of crops ensuring their continued survival. We too may feel insignificant by ourselves, but by joining with others in the TimeBank, sharing skills and connecting with people we might never otherwise have met, we can play our part in developing a strong community that can accomplish beautiful things here in Mid Canterbury! Do you want to be part of this hive of activity, working together to strengthen our community? If you are a business, organisation or individual there are ways to connect, contribute and belong. Feel free to get in touch with me to find out more! As Helen Keller put it, Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.

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