Source: New Zealand Government, 6 October 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Healthy Families NZ is
helping communities around the country to make healthy changes.
"Healthy Families NZ is about encouraging people to live
healthier lives by making good food choices, being physically
active, moderating alcohol consumption and being smoke-free," says
"The initiative challenges communities to think differently
about how to address the underlying causes of poor health.
"It's about thinking bigger, driving innovation, and creating
good health in the places where we spend our time - childcare
centres, schools, workplaces, sporting clubs, marae and other
"As a result of the initiative, we're starting to see a number
of positive changes happening in communities around the
In the Far North to mark Conservation Week last month the first
Pipiwharauroa: Hikoi for Healthy Nature, Healthy People walk took
place. A joint initiative between Ngai Takoto, Department of
Conservation and Healthy Families Far North, the inaugural event
encouraged the community to take advantage of the district's bush
walks, and improve their physical and mental health wellbeing.
Healthy Families Rotorua have worked with the Rotorua Aquatics
Centre, which has the biggest selling drinks vending machines in
the Bay of Plenty, to remove four of its six machines with the
remaining machines only stocking healthier options.
Healthy Families Manukau and Manurewa-Papakura have worked with
Auckland Council to remove all sugar sweetened beverages from the
Council's 16 vending machines at leisure sites across South
Healthy Families East Cape is partnering with Citrus New Zealand
to plant fruit trees in community areas in the region with the
fruit to be made available for the local community to eat.
In the lower South Island, Healthy Families Invercargill has
teamed up with a large retailer to trial a healthy barbeque guide.
The guide is set to be rolled out nationally by the retailer once
the trial is complete, and other companies are also interested in
Healthy Families NZ is now operating in ten locations across the
country, and has the potential to impact the lives of around one
million New Zealanders.
It is one of the 22 initiatives in the Childhood Obesity Plan
which the Government launched last year. New Zealand is one of the
first OECD countries to have a target and a comprehensive plan to
tackle childhood obesity.
Further information about Healthy Families NZ can be found on