Research

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...

Growing Up in New Zealand has released its latest study report, Transition to school. This is the study’s eighth report and summarises findings from Growing Up’s 72 Month Data Collection Wave. Study Director, Associate Professor Susan Morton, University of Auckland, says this report homes in on the cohort children’s experience of...

The NZ Total Diet Study gives more insight into what we're eating and the results show the NZ food supply is safe and wholesome. The report released last week says the levels of agricultural chemicals and contaminants in our diets remain low and we are eating...

Playground drinking fountains in 17 local government areas: survey methods and results Authors George Thomson and Nick Wilson Abstract: Appropriate public access to water is an increasing concern, and to further explore field observation methods for assessing such access, we aimed to survey drinking fountains in playgrounds...