We need vaccines to help bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control and get us back to a new normal, but you might have some questions about it.
With vaccinations already being rolled out in New Zealand, we sat down with nib Group Executive Chief & Health Medical Officer Dr Mellissa Naidoo to answer some of the most common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Getting the flu vaccine is one of the best ways to ward off colds and stay healthy over the flu season. It’s important to get immunised, as it not only helps to protect your own health, but also prevents the spread of the virus to the community.
There’s so much information about the COVID-19 vaccine circulating that, at times, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction, especially with some false information spreading quickly and widely on social media. So, with the help of nib Group Health & Chief Medical Officer Dr Mellissa Naidoo, we’re debunking some of the biggest COVID-19 vaccine myths.
If you’ve ever wondered how much eye treatments cost in New Zealand - we’ve got you! Check out this article where we break down the costs, plus a guide on when you and your family should have your eyes checked.
It’s Heart Awareness Month, so encourage your team to take care of their heart health, whether that’s reminding them to book in for a check-up or promoting healthy lifestyle habits such as good nutrition and exercise. Check out our tips to help your employees stay heart healthy.
In New Zealand, basic dental care is available free-of-charge for eligible children up to the age of 18.
This helps set the stage for positive habits into adulthood, encouraging people to take a proactive approach to oral health by driving home the importance of looking after your teeth.
Unfortunately, the cost of dental treatment for adults in New Zealand can be prohibitive for a lot of people, and many Kiwis opt to put up with bad (and painful) teeth rather than pay to visit a dentist.
Technology, social media and digital devices are now part of our everyday lives – and during a year which saw us spending more time indoors and juggling working from home with parenting, you may have found yourself leaning on them more than usual to keep your kids occupied.
For anyone who has struggled with the impact these technologies have on their children, it may be welcome news to know you’re not alone.
In this latest edition of nib Go! Magazine, we explore the many ways organisations have adapted to support their new-look flexible workforce – delving into the WFH debate, providing tips to promote shift worker wellbeing, and looking at the changing face of workforce management.
If you’ve ever felt concern over your children’s sleeping patterns or habits, you’re not alone.
Our second annual State of the Nation Parenting Survey found sleep to be one of the top three health concerns Kiwi parents have for their children, with 31% of respondents having experienced worry over issues such as kids getting too much or too little sleep, or having disrupted sleeping patterns.
Many Kiwi families have experienced changes to their financial situation this year, as the economic impact of COVID-19 has seen many affected by reduced hours, pay-cuts and (in some cases) job losses.
In fact, findings from our second annual State of the Nation Parenting Survey showed that 42% of parents had seen their financial situation worsen as a result of COVID-19, including 10% who said it had gotten a lot worse.
The first 1,000 days of existence (from conception to a child’s second birthday) have a large impact on a child’s development.
In the early days, a baby’s genes interact with the environment to determine what kind of brain is needed for the rest of their life. To maximise the first 1,000 days of your child’s life and give them the best foundations for their future, here are my top parenting tips:
Assignments, exams and assessments are all part and parcel of school life, but for many children they can be a massive cause of stress and anxiety. And for those coming up to formal exams this month, in the wake of a highly unusual and disrupted 2020 school year, this stress may be even more acute.
78% of parents surveyed indicate their children experienced at least one change in behaviour or health that lasted two weeks or longer in 2020.
The COVID-19 lockdowns will have seen many routines and rituals be interrupted this year. Routines offer predictability, which is vitally important to children’s mental health and wellbeing – so when routines are disturbed, it can have a real impact on their behaviour.
At the heart of every thriving business is happy and healthy employees. Not only is looking after your employees the right thing to do, but a healthy workplace is also proven to increase job satisfaction, improve staff productivity and reduce absenteeism.
Technology plays a fundamental role in many areas of a business, and its ability to boost employee wellbeing is increasing - fast. By encouraging healthy lifestyles and habits, wellbeing technology can improve employee health, monitor vital signs and alert for any issues.
As Kiwi families face life in lockdown again, some parents and caregivers may be experiencing new (or familiar!) challenges with their tamariki (children). Our parenting expert Nathan Wallis shares his advice on how to tackle the most common issues.
Director-General of Health, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, is urging New Zealander’s to get the flu vaccine in 2020. Influenza is more than just a bad cold. Flu vaccines can protect us against the dangers of this virus. We’ve answered some of your most common questions, below.
Sunglasses are so much more than an adorable fashion accessory for kids. Slathering your child with sunscreen and popping on a hat is standard practice for many parents. But, do your children wear sunglasses and have you ever wondered if they need to? The answer is yes. So let’s look at some ‘eye-opening’ facts as to why they should:
Parenting can often be a 24/7 job. So, when you have a multitude of other things to juggle (whether that's work, friends, health and fitness, or “me time”) on top of spending time with the kids, how does that impact our perceptions of how well we’re parenting?
When it comes to being a first-time parent, the age-old adage ‘expect the unexpected’ probably sums it up best. While we’re all different and everyone eventually develops their own style of parenting, there’s one thing all parents have in common – when the baby first arrives, it’s all new for both of you.
Whether you have health insurance for everyday things that help you stay healthy, like seeing the dentist or physio, or have more comprehensive hospital cover for ‘just in case’, it’s good to know that with nib, your health cover is there when you need it.
So if you do need to use your cover, we’re glad we can support your better health – and we want to make it easy for you to claim (it’s how it should be).
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