Free Fruit & Vegetables In Schools Receives Top Marks From NZ Parents

Kiwi parents and school principals overwhelmingly back the Fruit & Vegetables in Schools (FIS) initiative and new research shows there’s a strong desire for the Government funded scheme to be expanded. Over 100,000 children from low decile primary and intermediate schools currently, receive fresh seasonal produce to eat every day in class over 24 million […]

The impact of daily commuting on employee productivity

A new study from three Australian cities has found that active transport improves the productivity of middle-aged workers. The findings support that how people commute affects their productivity in the workplace. Encouraging active commuting not only improves the physical health of employees, but may also enhance their job performance, contributing to economic benefits for employers […]

Dietitians not in favour of new sustainability guidelines for the health sector

  • A general recommendation to reduce meat and dairy in hospitals is not appropriate • The government should focus its efforts on prevention to reduce the number of people admitted to hospital Dietitians across New Zealand are disappointed in some of the food-related recommendations included in sustainability guidelines for the health sector, announced by […]

INSIGHTS: Childs Play – Enabling play in Urban Settings

The right to play is embedded in international conventions, and the Child-Friendly Cities movement is promoting principles that enable play. Providing ‘play spaces’ is only part of the story. At the recent Green Pavlova conference Dr Wendy Russell said, ‘play can emerge whenever conditions allow’. It is the conditions for playfulness that designers seek to […]

Report calls for action on inequities in New Zealand’s health system

Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system must understand and address inequities in how Māori and non-Māori access and receive health services, says a report released on the 29 July 2019. A window on the quality of Aotearoa New Zealand’s health care 2019 – a view on Māori health equity, published by the Health Quality & Safety […]

Massive potential health gains in switching to active transport

Swapping short car trips for walking or biking could achieve as much health gain as ongoing tobacco tax increases, according to a study from the University of Otago, Wellington. Lead author Dr Anja Mizdrak, of Otago’s Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity, and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (Department of Public Health), says transport has a major impact on […]

2019 Public Health Champion Awards

Public Health Champion Award The purpose of the PHA’s Public Health Champion Award is to recognise and profile the outstanding contribution by an individual to public health. The criteria for the award are: for an individual working in public health who has focused on the PHA’s priorities in the past year; and/or has made a […]

Study to investigate Maori fruit and vegetable consumption

Dr Geoff Kira, Ngā Puhi, from Massey University’s School of Health Sciences has been awarded nearly quarter of a million dollars to carry out a feasibility study focusing on the tools used to measure fruit and vegetable consumption among Māori. The study, entitled He Pātaka Marohi – the feasibility of novel and conventional instruments, will […]

Mastering Collaboration

Andrea Thompson was a keynote speaker at the ANA conference. Her presentation explored approaches for navigating challenges and working across boundaries. Watch her presentation here