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Kiwi kids get top score on global physical activity report card

Cover of the New Zealand Physical Activity Report CardKiwi children are among the most active in the world, according to a global report card on physical activity.

New Zealand shared top place with Mozambique in the Overall Physical Activity indicator on the Physical Activity Report Card for Children and Youth, which was completed by 15 countries this year.

The New Zealand Report Card was developed by a team of researchers at the University of Auckland, led by NIHI’s Associate Professor Dr Ralph Maddison.

The nine key indicators for the report card used by the 15 participating countries included physical activity levels, sedentary behaviour, organised sport, active play, active transportation, whanau/family and peer influence, school environment, community and the built environment, and government policies.

Despite its joint top overall placement, New Zealand had mixed results in some of the other key indicators.

“New Zealand children and youth’s participation in physical activity was satisfactory, but levels of sedentary behaviour (screen time) were high,” says Dr Maddison. 

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Published Research

Nutritional quality, labelling and promotion of breakfast cereals on the New Zealand market

Breakfast cereals substantially contribute to daily energy and nutrient intakes among children. In New Zealand, new regulations are currently being phased to restrict nutrition and health claims to products that meet certain 'healthy' criteria. This study investigated the difference in nutritional quality, labelling and promotion between 'healthy' and 'less healthy' breakfast cereals, and between breakfast cereals intended for children compared with other breakfast cereals on the New Zealand market.

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Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: a randomised controlled trial

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) can deliver nicotine and mitigate tobacco withdrawal and are used by many smokers to assist quit attempts. We investigated whether e-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine patches at helping smokers to quit.

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Improving adherence using combination therapy (IMPACT): Design and protocol of a randomised controlled trial in primary care.

To assess whether a medication strategy using a fixed dose combination pill ('polypill') could improve prescribing and adherence to recommended medications, lower blood pressure and improve lipids compared with current care over 12months.

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