BLOG NEWS: A focus on Pacific nutrition

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In February 2012 the Ministry of Health published ‘A Focus on Pacific Nutrition’. This report presents key findings for Pacific people from the 2008/09 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey, including energy and nutrient intake, dietary supplement use, dietary habits and eating patterns, food security and nutrition-related health (e.g. body size, blood pressure and diabetes). This report also includes comparisons between Pacific and non-Pacific people, as well as changes since the 1997 National Nutritional Survey (where possible).

This report is a companion report to ‘A Focus on Nutrition: Key Findings of the 2008/09 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey and A Focus on Maori Nutrition: Findings 2008/09 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey.

The 2008/09 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey was carried out from October 2008 to October 2009. A total of 4721 adults aged 15 years and over participated in the survey, including 757 Pacific peoples.

It reveals some positive changes alongside opportunities to further support dietary habits like eating breakfast, eating more vegetables, choosing lower fat milks, removing fat/skin from meat and drinking fewer sugary drinks. Results are available from http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/focus-pacific-nutrition; http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/focus-maori-nutrition

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