Research

They dominate the baby food section in supermarkets, but could baby food pouches be setting our babies up for future problems with obesity and dental cavities? Squeezable baby food pouches with plastic spouts are described as a mess-free and easy food alternative for babies ‘on-the-go’, and...

Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa (ANA) has welcomed the results of its 2018 annual stakeholder survey as affirmation of its continued value to the sector.  More than 200 members nationwide – ranging from district health boards, health providers and tertiary institutions to charitable trusts, NGOs and private businesses – support the work of the national collective.  ANA connects individuals and...

We all know the consequences of too many late nights as we force ourselves out of bed. Parents of young children will be acutely aware of the difference between a tired and grumpy child and one refreshed from a good sleep. Although the popularity of Fitbit type devices has meant some people play close attention to...

What we do at ANA matters to the nutrition and physical activity sector. In our 2018 annual survey we asked a number of questions related to our services including the ANA eUpdates, website and  regional forums. This year we added one new question: ‘What would it...

What works to promote walking at the population level? A systematic review by authors Charlie Foster, Paul Kelly, Hamish Reid, Nia Roberts, Elaine Murtagh, David K. Humphreys, Jenna Panter and Karen Milton. Alison Pask reviewed this paper published in a special series of the British Journal...

Folate is an essential natural B vitamin found in green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, wholemeal bread, liver, and legumes. Folic acid is the synthetic form which is taken as a supplement usually in the form of a pill. Many countries, including the New Zealand Ministry of...

The Health and Independence Report published on 16 July 2018, is the director-general of health’s annual report on the state of public health in New Zealand (NZ). The 2017 report presents an overview of the health of New Zealanders drawing on a range of sources. This report...

Sport NZ has  released the first report from its new Active NZ participation survey, providing a point-in-time snapshot of participation in sport and active recreation explored through the lenses of age, gender, ethnicity and deprivation. It is the first time Sport NZ has combined adults and...