Western Leader : January 11th 2011
7 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 11, 2011 NEWS • NZQA Accredited Programmes • Career Planning • Work Based Training • Supportive environment with strong leadership *Enrolment criteria applies. FIGHT 4 our youth Achieve qualifications, confidence, life skills, good jobs and careers with BEST Youth Academy CAMPUSES AT MANUKAU & WAITAKERE • Computing • Travel and Tourism • Freight Operations • Sport • Business Administration • Employment Skills • Performing Arts BEST YOUTH ACADEMY NO FEES Tertiary Education for 16 -- 18 year olds* DON'T MISS OUT ENROL TODAY! vein glory Let us take care of your unsightly veins If you have varicose veins, The Vein Centre offer advice and a variety of treatments. As a specialist clinic, we offer all for ms of treatment including an onsite hospital. * Fully licensed and Southern Cross Affliated Phone 09 444-5858 or visit: www.veins.co.nz Nutrition course for health's sake Fresh start: Completing a certificate in Pacific nutrition gave Maria Kumitau new information on healthy food. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY By CATHERINE HEALY Maria Kumitau thought she knew about healthy eating. But a Heart Foun- dation nutrition course for Pacific Islanders has given her a new perspec- tive on food. You think you're doing the right things, butIwasasize18and getting bigger. So I started doing a free exer- cise class through church, and then a friend suggested I do the Pacific nutrition course,'' Mrs Kumitau says. The Pacific Heartbeat certificate in Pacific nutrition is a nine-week programme funded by the Ministry of Health. It's held at the Heart Foundation in Ellerslie. You learn things like label-reading and what's really in your food. Also different ways of cooking things and portion sizes,'' Mrs Kumitau says. Islanders love to cook with lard, but the course teaches you which oil is best to use. Making these small changes can make a big difference.'' The Glen Eden resi- dent has lost 10kg since completing the course last year and is down to a size 14. It's made a dif- ference to her family's health too. Before, I used to put the bowl on the table and they would self-serve. Now I dish up their food so I control their portions. My son is 13 and he's grateful for it. His tummy used to stick out and he would get tired trying to play rugby. Now his tummy is gone and he's enjoying physical activities.'' The certificate also helped Mrs Kumitau get a job at West Fono in Henderson as a health promoter. She visits people in their homes and advises them about changes they can make to their diet and lifestyle to prevent strokes, heart attacks and diabetes. It's good to be able to help my people. There is a language barrier and many people from the islands don't understand what doctors are trying to tell them. I talk to them in their mother tongue and I really feel I am making a difference.'' Mrs Kumitau came to New Zealand from Samoa in 1984. She says the Pacific nutrition course was good because the tutors are also from the Pacific Islands and understood her. Contact West Fono on 837-1780 for advice on diet and lifestyle. The next certificate in Pacific nutrition course is in July. Phone the Heart Foundation on 571-4643 for more information. Volunteers for refugees Refugee Services is seeking volunteers to help support new ar- rivals in their first six months of resettlement in New Zealand. Volunteers support a family by offering practi- cal advice. They receive free training and an NZQA certificate in refugee resettlement support. The next training course begins on Janu- ary 22 at the Refugee Services Office, Mt Ros- kill. For information call 621-0013 or see www. refugeeservices.org.nz.
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