A Healthy Lifestyle Reduces the Risk of Dementia

People can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). “In the next 30 years, the number of people […]

Nutrition Across the Life Stages

The food we eat plays an important role in our health and wellbeing. Good nutrition contributes to quality of life, helps maintain healthy body weight, protects against infection, and reduces the risk of chronic conditions and premature death. Chronic conditions—often linked with a poor diet—are the major cause of ill health in Australia. Australia has […]

Fresh Approach to PE and Physical Activity in Schools

Sport NZ is doubling the reach of its Play.sport pilot by adding 40 new primary and intermediate schools in Waikato and Southland in partnership with regional sports trusts Sport Waikato and Sport Southland. “We want everyone in New Zealand to have a life-long love of being physically active because we know this results in people […]

Child Poverty in NZ

In the year ended June 2018, 13 percent of children lived in a household experiencing material hardship. Material deprivation measures of child poverty use surveys to determine the proportion of children who live in households that cannot afford specific consumption items that most people regard as essential. Examples include not having two pairs of good […]

NZ edition of the Special Olympics Fit Five guide

This ‘guide’ has been edited for NZ  athletes, in conjunction with advice from the Ministry of Health, the Heart Foundation of NZ and Healthy Families Lower Hutt. The ‘guide’ aligns with NZ health messaging and the resource section is packed with websites to visit which have more information about healthy eating, water as the drink […]