Dr Annette Walker’s Sabbatical

Leanne CurgenvenHealth Information

Dear valued patient, This letter serves to inform you that Dr Annette Walker will be taking family/study leave from Thursday 25th March 2021 for a period of 3 months. At the conclusion of the 3 months she will return to Village Health to oversee our acute stream and will also be available to provide a couple of Complex Care sessions … Read More

Overnight Christmas Chia seed puddings

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If you are looking for something a little different for a Chrissie pudding that is not only ‘on trend’ but healthy too, try these delightful chia seed puds. You could use any fruit for the compote, or don’t cook the fruit at all and just use fresh! Chia seeds pack a punch in terms of fibre and protein and are … Read More

Slow cooked country chicken and vegetables

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This is an absolutely delicious winter warmer. And it’s SO easy. There is a wee bit of cooking required before bunging all of the ingredients into the slow cooker, and this involves coating and briefly frying the chicken in a pan. Other than that, it’s just chopping some veges and putting the cooker on early, so it’s ready for you … Read More

Rocket and Parmesan Salad

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Ok, I admit it. I’ve never really been a fan of rocket. I’ve never really known how to use it other than as a substitute for lettuce or spinach in a sandwich. I also never really liked the bitterness or ‘peppery’ flavour as a leaf on it’s own – I found it overpowering. Little did I know, I had been … Read More

Beef and Lentil Burgers

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From the ‘Heart Foundation Cookbook – Full of Beans’ available for download from https://www.heartfoundation.org.nz/resources/full-o-beans-cookbook/ Ingredients 250 lean beef mince 400g canned lentils, drained and rinsed 2 tbsp tomato sauce 1 egg 1/3 cup parsley, chopped 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped 1 cup dried breadcrumbs 1 carrot, grated Pinch ground black pepper   Method Combine all ingredients Knead mixture until well … Read More

30 minute Chicken Pie

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30 minute Chicken Pie Serves 6   Ingredients 3-4 large chicken breast (about 700g) Knob of butter A lug of oil 2 spring onions 150g mushrooms 1 heaped tbsp plain flour 2 tsp English mustard (optional) 2 heaped tbsp lite cream cheese 300ml chicken stock 3 sprigs fresh thyme or 3 pinches of dried thyme ½ tsp nutmeg Puff pastry … Read More

Diabetes Classes

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Village Health presents a 3 part interactive series for people with Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes, run by our very own Dietitian Leanne! Click HERE or read on for further information. This event will be held upstairs in our brand new building at Village Health, 30 Lincoln Road. Classes begin at 5.45pm and will finish approximately 6.45pm. The first class – held … Read More

Coeliac Awareness Week, 10 – 16 June 2019

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This week is ‘Coeliac Awareness Week’ in NZ. Approximately 1 in 70 New Zealanders have coeliac disease, and up to 80% of those are unaware they have the condition! Increasing awareness is important for both diagnosis and increasing our knowledge on what a gluten free diet is. Someone close to me personally has coeliac disease – she recently had dinner … Read More

Making Small Changes

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Whether we think about it or not, we have all made changes for better or worse over our lifetimes. Most of the time, these changes occur without us even realising they are happening – especially the ‘bad’ ones! Whether you’re trying to cut down on some indulgences, get fitter, socialise more, or even learn an instrument – the number one … Read More

Vitamin C & The Common Cold

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As winter steadily approaches, our noses tend to drip a little more and the trusty Vitamin C tablets come back out of the kitchen cabinet. But how useful is vitamin C when it comes to the common cold, and is it worth its hefty price? Vitamin C plays a role as an antioxidant, assists in wound healing, increases iron absorption … Read More