Former Eritrean refugee learns health and lifestyle tips

As a full-time social work student and part-time worker with the Red Cross, Samuel Hidray Equbazgi struggled to prioritise his health and wellbeing. The former refugee and others from Christchurch’s Eritrean community took part in a Puāwai-Kai healthy lifestyle and cooking course.

Samuel says since doing the free 8-week course he is cooking healthier food for himself and prioritising good habits such as exercise and a healthy sleep routine.

“Life was not easy but little by little I am making the progress I am wishing. So far so good.’’

Samuel says that he would recommend this course to anyone that is wanting to make healthier improvements in their life.

“It is every little thing that would help you improve the lifestyle that you wish to have. Besides the cooking training, there was some stuff as well like  how to manage your sleep, your engagement with sport and communication. It is kind of about everything related to your health. I 100% recommend this kind of training for everyone.”

Cantabrians can find out more about the course and hear stories from people like Samuel who have done it at Puā You can also ask your GP to refer you for the course.

Cover image: (L – R) Zeynab Faitinga, Freweini Berhe and Samuel Equbazgi

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