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HRC NZ-US Enabling Grant Awarded

Robyn Whittaker has been awarded a Health Research Council (HRC) International Relationships Fund - NZ-US enabling grant. The grant is to enable the design, development and evaluation of a family-based technology-supported childhood obesity prevention programme, particularly for indigenous and priority population groups in NZ, the US, and countries/territories in the Pacific region of interest to the US and NZ.
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Nutrition labels improve understanding

Nutrition labels have a minor impact on New Zealand consumer healthy food choices, according to the latest study from the University of Auckland.

The study involved 1357 New Zealander shoppers split into three groups of about 400 each and randomly allocated to one of three labels: Traffic Light labels, Health Star Rating labels, or Nutrition Information Panels. Read more

2016 New Zealand Physical Activity Report Card for Children & Youth

The 2016 New Zealand Physical Activity Report Card reviewed national & regional survey data describing physical activity among children & youth (5–18 y). The Report Card aims to inform advocacy, policy & program development, & enable international comparison. The 2016 Report Card updates the previous 2014 review & presents revised physical activity grades. Read more

NIHI researchers feature at HINZ 2016

NIHI’s Dr Robyn Whittaker, Gayl Humphrey and Prof Chris Bullen all presented on their research at this important meeting of health IT experts in Auckland from 1-3 November.
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Texting to Help Manage Heart Disease

A new programme that uses text messages to help people manage their heart disease is being trialled in Auckland.

University of Auckland Associate Professor Ralph Maddison has received a $105,116 project grant from the Heart Foundation to test the effectiveness of the Text4Heart programme.
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ASPIRE-NIHI Smokefree2025 Research symposium

NIHI researchers Natalie Walker and Chris Bullen were speakers at the recent ASPIRE-NIHI Smokefree2025 Research symposium at the Wellington School of Medicine, Wellington on 26 October, where they shared their experience of more than a decade of leading smoking cessation research innovation at NIHI. Read more

Could reducing the nicotine in our cigarettes help New Zealand achieve its Smokefree 2025 goal?

In a viewpoint article in the leading journal Tobacco Control, NIHI researchers Chris Bullen and Natalie Walker together with US colleagues Eric Donny and Dorothy Hatsukami argue that large reductions in nicotine content of tobacco could help many New Zealand smokers quit. Read more

Conclusions about the effects of electronic cigarettes remain the same

The conclusions of an updated Cochrane Review on e-cigarettes for smoking cessation are unchanged since the last review was published two years ago.

NIHI Director Professor Chris Bullen, one of the authors of the review, says “What our latest review found is the same as the last one - that electronic cigarettes may help smokers stop smoking.”
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NIHI’s e-cigarette research in the news

NIHI Director Professor Chris Bullen, who led the world's first high-quality trial to compare the quit-smoking rates of e-cigarettes and nicotine patches, said: "I don't think they are a magic bullet. They're not the sole thing that's going to get us there [to the Smokefree 2025 goal], but I think they will help some population groups where we haven't seen a breakthrough before. For example, there could be some real potential for Maori smokers." Read more

NIHI researchers call for tougher rules

A paper published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal by Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu and colleagues recommends that World Health Organization nutrient profiling system should underpin NZ code on marketing food to children Read more