Waka Ama: Committed to Māori Wellbeing

Anita Taggart works at Regional Public Health, Wellington as a Community Liaison in Porirua. She is a strong advocate and role model for living a healthy lifestyle, which complements her role in the Healthy Communities team at Regional Public Health. Anita has attended the national Waka Ama Sprint Nationals for nearly 20 years. In July […]

Sugary Drinks Reduced by 50 Percent

The Californian city of Berkeley has now seen a 50 per cent decrease in sugary drink consumption and Kiwi dentists are not surprised. The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) continues to advocate for a sugary drink tax, which is in line with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. “We have been saying this for a number […]

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Choosing Body Positive Photos for Written Communication

In health-related articles, images play a very important role in how messages are communicated. The purpose of this article is to show how to include body positive images in written communication. The research article, Obesity Stigma: Important Considerations for Public Health by Puhl et al, 1 states ‘numerous studies have documented harmful weight-based stereotypes that […]

Lessons From Walking The Te Araroa Trail

  Celia Wade-Brown says walking 3000km through cities, towns, forests, farms and mountains started as a simple political detox after twenty years of local government. However, on the way Celia found many lessons. Some were about personal perseverance and achievement, pleasure and pain. Some were lessons to share with Councils, DoC and NZTA about how […]

Infant Feeding In New Zealand

At present, there are no national data collected on dietary practices and nutrient intakes among New Zealand (NZ) infants. This report represents the first study in New Zealand to provide evidence of population adherence to the national food and nutrition recommendations in the first year of life. The data presented comes from an ethnically diverse […]

Results of Annual Survey Released

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 organisations engaged in improving NZ’s public health nutrition and physical activity by […]

Aspirations 2019

2019 will be a pivotal year for ANA with a new Executive Director and several new Executive Board members working works towards achieving the ANA vision: Everyone in Aotearoa, can and does eat well and leads an active life. Below key stakeholders share their aspirations for what they would like to see achieved in public health nutrition […]