Creating healthy food, building healthy families

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Creating Healthy Food, Building Healthy Families: An Evaluation of a Healthy Cooking Healthy Lifestyle Programme in New Zealand

Stephen James Cameron’s thesis, submitted to Auckland University of Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Public Health (MPH), evaluates the Healthy Cooking Healthy Lifestyle Programme, developed in 2009, which is a health support service for Bay of Plenty Māori communities.

The aim of the programme is to address the issue of increasing levels of obesity by instilling health culinary knowledge amongst the parents in the community.

While results indicate that the programme delivery was successful in empowering and motivating participants to apply their learnings at home and increased the use and appreciation of vegetables in their diet, the scope of such community-based programmes is limited. Therefore, to achieve greater traction in reducing the consumption of unhealthy foods more widely, the research highlights the importance of government intervention.

To read the full thesis click here.