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6 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, June 23, 2016 www.times.co.nz KC11741 In New Zealand one child in every 100 is diagnosed with a condition on the autism spectrum. It can be a stressful time for families coping with the reality of this diagnosis. For parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) making sure children have the right nutrition is a daily challenge. Now researchers at Massey University’s School of Food and Nutrition are investigating if omega-3 and vitamin D can help improve the quality of life for these families, particularly in Howick and Pakuranga. Principal investigator Dr Pamela von Hurst says this is new world- leading research that these New Zealand families can participate in. “ The Vitamin D and Omega-3 in Autism (VIDOMA) study will investigate the effect of supplementing vitamin D and omega-3 in 200 children aged two and a half to eight years who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. “This is a very new area of research, and we are hoping that families in the Howick and Pakuranga area will be willing to sign up and participate. “Both vitamin D and Omega-3 are known to play a number of roles in brain development, learning, memory and behaviour. We want to find out if supplementing these important nutrients can help reduce the severity of the condition, improve the developmental and cognitive profile of these children, and improve the quality of life for these families,” says Dr von Hurst. Internationally, the prevalence of autism appears to be increasing, but the cause is unknown, and there is no cure. The research team includes a psychologist, a paediatrician from the Waitemata District Health Board, and staff from the School of Food and Nutrition. The study manager and first point of contact is Mr Owen Mugridge. How does it work? The study will take place over a 12 month period, with children randomly allocated to vitamin D, omega-3, a combination of both, or a placebo which they will take continuously over that period. Children will attend five appointments across the 12 month period at either Massey University’s Auckland campus, North Shore or Waitakere Hospitals. Three blood tests will be taken across the year and analysed. All information collected will be kept strictly confidential. The study has been reviewed and approved by the Health and Disability Ethics Committee: 14/ NTA/113. ➤➤ For more information on the study, long on to : www.massey. ac.nz/vidoma autism Investigating nutrition in young children with autism Researchers at Massey University are finding out if omega-3 and vitamin D can help autistic children particularly in Howick and Pakuranga In the season of fighting off ills and chills, Botany Town Centre is hosting a ‘Weave Through Winter Wellness Week’, from June 26 to July 2. The seven days of inspirational goodness will have an array of wellbeing experts sharing their best kept secrets for tackling winter- all for free! If you require some mid-year motivation and want to kick those mid- winter blues to the curb, here’s something to keep you warm and healthy. The Winter Wellness Week will have the likes of Makaia Carr founder of MotivateME; columnist and lifestyle coach Louise Thompson; Olivia Scott founder and author of The Raw Kitchen will be doing a cooking demonstration alongside Botany Town Centre’s charity-partner Bellyful. Sarah Perry from So Inspired Fitness will run a healthy diet session while Kathleen McKay from Focus Coaching Hub will advise on the importance of balance; Marc Southgate from Physio Moves will have a morning boot camp class for all fitness levels; ‘Fashion Friday’ will see Bowl and Arrow serve their delicious smoothie bowls while resident fashion guru Kerry Finlay will be in the centre. ➤➤ Line up for the week: • Soulful Sunday on June 26 at 11am with Sarah Parry from So Inspired Fitness. • Motivational Monday on June 27 at 8.30am with Marc Southgate from Physio Moves. • Thoughtful Tuesday on June 28 at 11am with Makaia Carr from MotivateMe. • Wednesday Wellness on June 29 at 1pm with Kat McKay from Focus Coaching Hub. • Thinking Thursday on June 30 at 11am with lifestyle coach Louise Thompson. • Fashion Friday on July 1 at1pm with Kerry Finlay from Mirror Mirror & Bowl and Arrow, 9am-12 noon. • Saturday Sustenance on July 2 at 11am with Olivia Scott from The Raw Kitchen and charity partner Bellyful. Well-Being Weaving though winter wellness Makaia Carr founder of MotivateME. Photos supplied Mental health model Long time Howick-Pakuranga mental health professional Martin Camilleri is looking for people in the local community to join a recently-formed working action group. The East Auckland Mental Health Initiative (EMI) has been formed to challenge and overhaul the present concepts of mental illness and mental health. It’s looking for local community support to spearhead MindEasy, a comprehensive educational and therapeutic tool created by Mr Camilleri during the course of his 40-year career. He says EMI views the contemporary ‘sick model’ concept of mental illness as antiquated and based on false assumptions. “It is economically wasteful, creates dependency and contributes enormously to human suffering,” he says. “Conversely, MindEasy will teach people how to overcome personal issues without the need for months of counselling, or a lifetime on medication.” Currently more than 400,000 Kiwis are on medication for anxiety and depression, Mr Camilleri says. Also, New Zealand has among the highest incidences of domestic violence and suicides among young people. Instead of ‘treating’ clients, he says he prefers to equip them with tools to disarm simple tricks of the brain which form the basis of all so-called ‘psychological disorders’. The MindEasy programme can be taught from an early age. He took leave from the profession to author two books, Dirty Tricks of the Brain and MindEasy. ➤➤ A free seminar will be held at 7.30-9pm on June 28 at Te Tuhi Centre, Reeves Road, Pakuranga. Phone 576-2769 or 027-403-0111 for a reservation. ➤➤ People interested in joining the group can contact the EMI executive secretary, Suman Pillaii, phone 027-326-9126 or email email@example.com.
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