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Life is looking a lot brighter for Pare Ehrhorn since she gave up smoking nearly two months ago.
She is saving almost $200 a week, no longer coughs in the morning, her singing voice has returned - along with a renewed confidence to sing - her brain is clearer, she has more energy and she now lives in a smokefree environment.
Pare, 50, says she decided to give up smoking after she had a “gutsful” of seeing the ongoing smoking culture within her own family.
“My grown up children and husband smoke and my 19-year-old who lives at home and his friend who lives here also smoke.
“I have grandchildren now and I just wanted to change the culture of our whole home.”
She says she wouldn’t have been able to quit without the backing of her whānau who have shown their support by not smoking within the family property.
“If they want a smoke, they leave the property to have one.”
She says this makes her feel well supported, respected and that they value her health.
And the bonus of having a smokefree home is that her whānau have also reduced their cigarette intake.
Pare decided to quit smoking after being introduced to the six-week Stop Smoking programme offered by Hauraki health provider Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki.
The service offers free nicotine replacement therapy, one-to-one or group support as well as a monetary incentive.
“I’m just grateful they have that service for the public,” Pare says. “And you can also check your carbon monoxide levels on a weekly basis to monitor yourself - you’re in charge, and can see your progress.”
Pare knows there will likely be challenges ahead – she has been there before, having previously given up smoking for 15 years until three years ago when a personal trauma saw her reach for the cigarettes again.
But she is all about moving forward, not backwards, and, while she says that stressful situations can always be a challenge, she hopes she now has the tools to see her through.
She is excited about her future, and the fact there are more positives on the horizon than negatives.
“I can see a future and it also makes me feel warm and fuzzy that we can offer to help our kids out if they need it financially.”
She encourages those who want to give up smoking to just try and give it a go.
“It can be about the timing, so if it doesn’t work this time, just keep trying, don’t give up.
“And surround yourself with the right people that can support you.”
Do you want to stop smoking? You can STOP Once and for All with our FREE six-week programme includes support and nicotine replacement therapy to help you Stop Smoking in a gradual way.
If you are Smokefree four weeks after your Quit Date, you will receive a $50 voucher. If you are pregnant and still Smokefree after your Quit Date, you will receive up to $300 in vouchers.
Contact: Melena or Jodi - 07 868 0033; email@example.com
World Smokefree Day was yesterday, May 31.
Caption: PARE EHRHORN, 50, right, from Thames, celebrates two months as a non-smoker with her Stop Smoking support person, Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Poukura Oranga/Service Manager – Public and Community Health Services. Debbie Petersen-Pilcher.
Come walking with us
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Whānau Ora Navigators are hoping whānau will join the Hikoi ā Whānau walking series around Hauraki during March.
Walking is FREE and a great way to connect with your community!
Walking reduces stress, lowers your blood pressure, improves sleep and energises you!
Hikoi ā Whānau offers:
Aroha – giving with no expectation of return;
Whanāungatanga – It’s about being connected;
Whakapapa – knowing who you are;
Mana/Manaaki – building the mana of others, through nurturing and growing; and
Korero awhi – positive communication.
No matter what your age, size, level of fitness or situation
Waihi - March 3: 10.30am - 12 noon – Meet at the Goldmine lookout
Thames - March 13: 10.30am - 12 noon – Meet at Victoria Park
Coromandel - March 20: 10.30am-12 noon – Meet at the Te korowai Hauora o Hauraki clinic
Paeroa - March 27 10.30am- 12 noon – Meet at Paeroa Domain
Whānau Ora Navigator
if interested in joining
Hikoi ā Whānau
Beneficiaries who need free professional help with Work and Income issues such as entitlements, fraud/relationship investigations, reviews, appeals, and more can make an appointment to see a Waikato Community Law Advocate visiting Thames and Te Aroha next month.
Community Law Waikato advocate Ben Hoffman is experienced in Welfare Law and will be available by appointment only in Thames on March 22 and Te Aroha on March 15 from 12.30-3pm. Spaces are limited, so those needing welfare advice need to book on 0800 529 482.
Ben will also be providing training on Welfare Law for all community organisations that support beneficiaries. The training will include learning about entitlements, benefits, relationship status, common problems, reviews, appeals and more. The training is free, but a gold coin koha is appreciated to cover some of the costs. Training is from 10.30am to 12 noon.
Community Law Waikato provides free legal help to those in the Waikato who would otherwise not have access.
Training and appointments:
Thames – Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, 210 Richmond Street, March 22
Te Aroha – Senior Citizens Association, 24 Church Street, Te Aroha, March 15
To make an appointment, phone 0800 529 482.
A Whānau Hauora Day hosted by Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki alongside the TCDC and local community, will be held at Hauraki Terrace Playground and Community Gardens on Waitangi Day, Wednesday, February 6.
The aim of the day is to promote the community gardens and make community connections.
The opening of a Pataka Kai/Community Pantry, gardening, a cooking demo, craft making, games, a hangi, BBQ, bouncy castle and an eagerness to learn are all also on the agenda.
From 11-2pm, whānau from neighbouring streets and throughout the community will be able to come along to the community gardens and help harvest the potatoes to be used in a sweetcorn and potato fritters cooking demo. Tamariki will have heaps to keep them entertained, including lots of games and a bouncy castle.
T3 (Transition Town Thames) maintains the community gardens, holding monthly working bees to encourage community participation and on-the-spot learning, but it is hoped that eventually the community will take ownership of them.
“We want people from the community to look after the gardens and to make them sustainable,” Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Poukura Oranga, Manager Public and Community Health Services Debbie Petersen-Pilcher says.
This is a smoke and alcohol-free event and chilled water will be available all day.
Thanks to Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, T3, TCDC and local whānau.
What: Hauraki Terrace Whānau Hauora Day
Where: Hauraki Terrace, Thames
Whānau from Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki whose New Year’s resolution is to take care of their health will get the support they need at a free Whānau Wellness Day on Wednesday, January 30.
This is open to all whānau who are registered with Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki or whānau who would like to be.
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki clinical services manager Taima Campbell says the day will be a “one-stop shop” where existing and prospective clients will be able to access a range of medical and screening services and information, dependent on their needs.
Each client will receive a health passport and be directed to one or more of 12 different ‘stations’ throughout the facility offering access to a GP, Nurse Practitioner or nurse and services, including blood pressure checks, blood tests, vaccinations, cervical smears, wellness screening, smoking support and a range of services from Te Korowai and other community groups.
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki staff will keep the kids inspired with fun activities in the courtyard ncouraging physical activity.
Alongside the wellness day, a dental van will be on site for from January 29 to February 1 offering free consultations for Community Service Card holders, with extractions or fillings from $50. Support will be available for those eligible for financial assistance from Work and Income. Dental appointments are needed - Contact Kath Makiri on 021 902 826.
The Free Whānau Wellness Day is on Wednesday, January 30 from 9.30-3.30pm. To register on the day, go to the Wharehui behind the Whānau Health Centre at 210 Richmond Street, Thames.
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