Nutrition and physical activity

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Our goal - New Zealanders eat healthily, are more active, and achieve a healthy weight.

To view the Government's childhood obesity plan visit the Ministry of Health's website

Four facts about nutrition and physical activity

  • Good nutrition, regular physical activity, and a healthy body size are important in maintaining health and wellbeing and for preventing serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. 

  • Obesity rates in New Zealand are rising with two in three New Zealand adults overweight or obese. Māori are almost twice as likely to be obese as non-Māori while Pacific adults are 2.5 times as likely to be obese as non Pacific adults (Ministry of Health, 2013).

  • Obesity prevalence of New Zealand children continues to increase with recent data showing 21% of New Zealand children are overweight and 10% obese, with Māori and Pacific children more likely to be overweight (Ministry of Health, 2013).

  • From conception to childhood, parents/caregivers, families and communities directly shape a child's physical and social environment and indirectly influence behaviours, habits, preferences and attitudes

What does HPA do?

  • Provides tools and resources about nutrition and physical activity to support people who work with families and communities.  
  • Develops nationally-consistent messages that reflect the Ministry of Health’s guidelines. 
  • Provides information for consumers and families to help make healthier food choices and be more physically active.
  • Contributes to the development of national nutrition and physical activity policy and guidelines.
Topics of focus include:
  • reducing consumption of sugary drinks and promoting water as the drink of choice
  • encouraging people to sit less and move more in workplaces
  • providing fast, easy and affordable family meal ideas
  • encouraging families to be active together
  • introducing solids to babies – best foods to try, when and how
  • Health Star Ratings on packaged foods to assist household shoppers to select healthier foods and beverages.

Find out more

To find out more about our work in this area check out: