Unhealthy diet is the leading preventable risk factor for poor health. We undertake world-leading population nutrition research that aims to improve the diet-related health of all New Zealanders and reduce burden of disease
Current research highlights
Dietary Interventions: Evidence & Translation (DIET) Programme
A four-year project to design and evaluate a mobile-phone delivered (mHealth) healthy lifestyle support programme for Māori and Pasifika in New Zealand.
The research is a partnership where Māori and Pacific leaders and communities are co-designing the mHealth programme with the research team. Through this process a culturally tailored app and website has been developed and the project is currently evaluating the tool through a cluster randomised control trial.
Funded by the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, the projects main aim is to reduce risk factors for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
For more information please visit the OL@-OR@ website – https://welltext.auckland.ac.nz/
A five-year programme of nutrition intervention research. Funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, it includes five projects examining approaches to improving food environments and population diets:
Key themes of the programme are:
- Scalable, population-level interventions
- Focus on Māori and Pacific peoples
- Ease of translation to policy action
- Use of innovative intervention and measurement technologies.
The programme team includes:
- Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Dr Helen Eyles, Dr Wilma Waterlander, Dr Yannan Jiang and Rachel Carter, NIHI, University of Auckland
- Professor Tony Blakely and Associate Professor Louise Signal, Department of Public Health, University of Otago Wellington
- Professor Bruce Neal, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney
- Professor Mike Rayner, British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, University of Oxford
For more information please visit the DIET website