Healthy Ageing Bulletin

The NZNF Committee for Healthy Ageing is a special interest group of the Foundation, initially established in 2004, to champion the cause for improving the quality of life of older New Zealanders, through nutrition and physical activity.

Each quarter, our bulletin will update you on issues of importance or topical interest in relation to optimal nutrition and physical activity of older people. We hope you will find them informative and interesting. If you have any questions or feedback on our bulletin please feel free to contact us.

#28 - December 2016
In this issue we have a look at how lifestyle can assist in keeping us cancer-free. This is our last Bulletin for 2016, and the NZ Nutrition Foundation would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers the Compliments of the Festive Season

#27 - September 2016
The aim of the NZNF Bulletin is to update you on issues of importance or topical interest relating to nutrition and physical activity of older people. In the September issue we have a closer and practical look at food safety. As people age, they can be more vulnerable to food poisoning, and some tips to keep safe are highlighted here

#26 - June 2016
In this issue we get back to the basics and remind seniors living independently of some of the nutritional issues facing them as they age.These issues include maintaining a healthy weight, keeping active and preventing unwanted weight loss. 

#25 - March 2016
In Issue 25, we look at the important issue of nutrition and dental health, especially as what we can eat depends on the integrity of our oral health. Good oral health is important throughout life, and no less as we age. It affects general health, wellbeing and quality of life.

#24 - December 2015
The December Issue of our Bulletin looks at the important issue of hydration, especially as we embark on what promises to be a very hot summer! Dr Alex Chisholm, an adviser to our Committee for Healthy Ageing, outlines our need for water, sources in our dietary intake and the affect of physical activity and flying on hydration level.

#23 - September 2015
In Issue 23 of our Bulletin, we look at dietary supplements. We discuss whether New Zealanders need to take vitamin and mineral supplements. There is alot of promotion and advertising suggesting that we do need supplements as we age but what about maximising our intake of vitamins and minerals in whole foods?

#22 - June 2015
In the June Bulletin, we look at some of the celebrity diets being promoted as life-changing including Paleo and Detox Diets. The old saying – “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” should make us judge our own instincts and good sense.

#21 - March 2015
In this issue, we take a closer look at some of the myths and magic being promoted as enhancers of health and well-being, and some strategies to help decide whether you really need them. Included in the article is a list of ‘10 Red Flags of Junk Science’ published by the Food and Nutrition Alliance to assist in sorting out the junk from honest nutrition.

#20 - November 2014
In this issue, we take a closer look at the Mediterranean Diet as a food-based approach to good nutrition.The Mediterranean Diet is suggested to confer health benefits such as reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, come neurodegenerative diseases and certain diet-related cancers. A recent Cochrane review found that there were some favourable effects seen on cardiovascular risk factors, especially when more components of the diet were embraced.

#19 - August 2014
In this issue, we look at the nutritional issues for older people who like to challenge themselves with more major endurance events, beyond the current minimal recommendations for physical activity published last year by the Ministry of Health.

#18 - June 2014
We summarise a recent paper from the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics entitiled Association between dietary quality and mortality in older adults: A review of the epidemiological evidence.

#17 - March 2014
In this issue, we reprint with permission a very timely article by Lea Stening, Consultant Dietitian, and a long standing member of the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. Lea discusses how Grandparents can help fight childhood obesity.

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