Eastern Courier : June 17th 2011
4 EASTERN COURIER, JUNE 17, 2011 NEWS *Applies to purchases of 1 pair of complete glasses with PENTAX standard single vision lenses from a select range from $169 or above. Other lens types and extra options not included. Offer ends 2nd July 2011. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer including 2 pairs for 1 low price. Frames available while stocks last. © 2011 Specsavers Optical Group • SMART_SPE12288. For a limited time at Specsavers, get 50% o a huge selection of complete single vision glasses from the $169 range or above, including selected designer frames from Country Road, Karen Millen, fcuk, Jasper Conran and many more. Specsavers Pakuranga: Pakuranga Westfield, corner Ti Rakau Drive & Pakuranga Road, (Opposite Countdown entrance), 577 1431. specsavers.co.nz SALE SPECSAVERS 50% OFF COMPLETE GLASSES* Staying active in winter With the chilly temp- eratures and rainy skies of winter, it s easy to become housebound and forget the healthy habits of summer. Staying on the couch is a lot more inviting than getting active in the rainy, cold weather out- side. However, it s import- ant to keep doing regular physical activity over the winter months. Research done for the Counties Manukau Dis- trict Health Board dur- ing the summer of 2007 shows 67 percent of the 2520 people surveyed did regular physical activity. The same survey done during winter in 2009 found only 58 percent of the almost 2400 people surveyed in Counties Manukau were regularly physically active. The results suggest winter and the associ- ated weather may impact on how much reg- ular physical activity we do. Regular physical acti- vity is defined as at least 30 minutes most days for adults and 60 minutes every day for children aged up to 18. Children should also spend less than two hours a day in front of a screen, such as the TV, computer or a gaming console. Regular physical act- ivity has many benefits for your health and wellbeing. Combined with a healthy diet, it is the key to preventing obesity and associated conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, some forms of cancer and high blood pressure. It can even help boost your immune system and protect you from getting a cold. So why not try keeping active this winter? Counties Manukau Active has a range of indoor activities, avail- able such as line danc- ing, bowls, Zumba, Box- fit, Cook Island dance for adults or chair exercise. Organised sports, such as fastball, basketball and softball, are also under way. And if you really want to get outside, you can always go for a walk. Walking groups are organised in most areas. Phone 0800 ACTIVE or visit www.betterfuture. co.nz for more ideas on how to keep yourself active this winter. IN BRIEF Library success A new home's brought a new lease of life for the old Manukau Research Library. The renamed South Auckland Research Centre has seen a big jump in patronage since relocating to Manukau Square in February. It drew 5678 visitors in its first full month of operation, compared with 882 in the same month the previous year. Mastering public policy in US New frontier: Divya Dhar will soon be studying public policy at North America's oldest university. Photo: MATT BOWEN By MATT BOWEN Divya Dhar is heading to Harvard University with a dream. She wants to boost New Zealand s export industry and help retain our finest minds while improving global health. It might be wishful think- ing but that s okay, the Bot- any resident says. You have to go in with a dream. The 25-year-old Middle- more Hospital doctor flies to the United States in August where she ll study towards a masters degree in public pol- icy at Harvard s Kennedy School of Government. The $50,000 Yvonne AM Smith Scholarship, the $10,000 PEO International Peace Scholarship and another grant of $US25,000 will help finance her two years in Massachusetts. Her research focus will be pharmaceuticals. In particular she ll study policies that increase re- search and development into drugs for neglected diseases as well as how to make them more affordable. For example in New Zea- land if we were going to develop a drug, the emerging markets are the ones we really want to be exporting our drugs to, she says. You re helping people there by getting the right drugs at the right price but also helping New Zealand develop our own pharmaceu- tical industry. After graduating Divya plans to work at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology to form policies that would enable us to cre- ate a thriving pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry . If New Zealand latched on to pharmaceuticals or bio- technology we could create an impact on the world. If we wanted to and had the right government backing with the right hubs we could do it. At the same time Divya s hoping to help serve the health of the world s poorest people. But on the other hand she would be disappointed to leave the United States thinking the same way she does now. Then I would feel like nothing at Harvard impacted me, nothing inspired me, nothing changed my think- ing. I m open to the unknown. IwanttolearnasmuchasI possibly can from as many sources. I hope I get impacted and change my mind in many ways. Go to www.divyadhar.com to follow Divya's latest exploits. Walkway name to be decided Next Tuesday the Howick Local Board will decide on a name for the new Half Moon Bay to Bucklands Beach coastal walk- way. Community consul- tation has thrown up four possibilities. Local iwi Ngai Tai has recommended the name Te Wai o Taiki Boardwalk. The Bucklands Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association would like to name it after former Paku- ranga Community Board chairman Ross Warren. The Half Moon Bay Residents and Ratepayers Associ- ation would like it called the Half Moon Bay Walkway. The his- toric name Shark Bay Walkway is another option. Measles cases rise A west Auckland Primary school has been linked to 17 cases of measles. The outbreak at Oratia Pri- mary School has been con- firmed by Auckland Regional Public Health Service as the second largest this year. Three people have been hospitalised so far. Twenty-six Aucklanders were diagnosed with measles between mid-January and the end of April. There were only eight diagnosed cases last year and 22 in 2009. Medical officer Dr Richard Hoskins says although the outbreak has not yet spread to other areas, the number of new cases highlights that measles is a highly con- tagious disease that can spread easily.
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