To strengthen these voices ANA’s purpose is to connect people and organisations engaged in the cause of improving the nation’s nutrition and physical activity. We do this by linking our members and the wider public health nutrition and physical activity workforce to news, events, research, and resources.
In 1993, the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand, the Cancer Society of New Zealand, Te Hotu Manawa Māori, the New Zealand Dietetic Association and the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation saw an opportunity to combine and strengthen their voice on public health nutrition issues. The establishment of Agencies for Nutrition Action – Ngā Takawaenga Hāpai Kai Hauora (ANA) in 1996 was the outcome of these discussions.
Since then ANA’s work has grown, with the promotion of physical activity being added to our mandate. In November 2016 ANA was re-named as Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa to better reflect our role in promoting physical activity.
Member subscriptions along with funding from the Ministry of Health for specific projects fund our work.
Over time our membership has expanded. Our members are committed to the cause of improving nutrition and physical activity in Aotearoa. See a full list of our members.