Our Māori Public Health General Manager, Janell Dymus-Mareroa features on Te Karere today advocating for more to be done to protect our tamariki and mokopuna from the harms of junk food, following calls by the NZDA Healthy Smiles for more regulations of marketing to support better health outcomes for our communities across Aotearoa.
Hāpai Te Hauora is encouraging whānau to go 'fizz free' this summer by launching #FizzFreeWhānau on New Year's Day 2017. This campaign supports whānau to become more informed about the risks of regular consumption of sugary drinks and to choose other alternatives such as water or milk in place of 'fizz' for the month of January.
Hāpai Te Hauora is making a stand against sugary drinks by endorsing a new consensus statement launched by the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) today. NZDA spokesperson Dr Rob Beaglehole said, “This is about informing the public about the negative health impacts of sugary drinks, and to advocate for a comprehensive approach to reduce sugary drink consumption.” The Consensus Statement can be found at healthysmiles.org.nz.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today welcomed Auckland Council’s commitment to the local Healthy Families NZ initiative by removing sugar sweetened beverages from vending machines at their leisure sites.