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Seasonal fruit packed with natural goodness

Eating fresh fruit is a natural, easy way to boost wellness during winter, says 5+ A Day. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help to ward off sniffles and sneezes during the coldest months. Seasonal fruit, such as mandarins, oranges and lemons, taste great as well as being good sources of vitamins and minerals to help the immune system do its job well. Here are some quick tips on how seasonal produce can aid in boosting immunity, while adding a burst of ... more

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NZMP opens door to dairy nutrition for lactose-intolerant consumers

Lactose-intolerant consumers can now enjoy their coffee with milk, a nourishing dairy smoothie or a creamy glass of milk, thanks to NZMP’s new Low Lactose Instant Whole Milk Powder, which contains less than 2% lactose. NZMP, Fonterra’s ingredients business, has developed the low lactose milk powder so people around the world who avoid dairy due to lactose concerns can now enjoy milk and all the goodness that comes with it. Fonterra Consumer Powders Category Director NZMP ... more

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Health star labels help fight obesity

Helping New Zealanders fight obesity by making it easier to shop healthier is the motivation behind a new video on the Health Star Rating system released this week by the NZ Food and Grocery Council. The video is the final in a series, written and presented by dietitian and Registered Nutritionist Nikki Hart, which tackles food subjects people are often confused about: what to eat for breakfast, fad diets, processed foods, and how to use the new Health Star Rating (HSR) system. In ... more

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Kiwis keen to eat better at work, survey finds

A healthy workplace is not pie in the sky, with a recent survey showing most Kiwis would welcome the chance to eat better at work. The 5+ A Day survey found 64 percent of workers would take part in a healthy eating challenge if it was organised by their employer. Fruit has a real feel-good factor, with 69 percent of workers saying they would feel positively towards employers who made fresh fruit available. Yet most (65 percent) said their employers did not provide fruit or make it ... more

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Five tips for a healthy school lunch box

Cooking up new ideas for school lunches can be a challenge, but seasonal produce provides lots of variety for a healthy lunch, says 5+ A Day. Nutrients are vital in helping children concentrate in class and getting them through the school day. Lunch time is when they refuel to boost energy levels, ready to take on the afternoon. Filling lunch boxes with pre-packaged food that is often high in saturated fat, salt and sugar, can be the easy option. But picking fresh ... more

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Food giants sign Healthy Kids Pledge

New Zealand food companies Fonterra and Nestle are the first fast moving consumer goods companies to sign up to the Ministry of Health’s Healthy Kids Pledge, which was published this week. New Zealand Food and Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich says the industry commends the companies for their leadership and their longstanding commitment to producing and promoting good nutrition. “While Fonterra and Nestle have led the way, I have no doubt that many other New ... more

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New research: what's in our fridges?

New figures show New Zealanders are increasingly health-conscious Sugar-sweetened drinks are getting a lot of attention in the obesity debate, however a new infographic launched today by the New Zealand Beverage Council shares insights into the everyday products that make up Kiwis’ trolleys – and they are not as sugary as one might think. The first beverage to make an appearance is milk at #43, while the first soft drink in the average New Zealander’s trolley ... more

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Fonterra's 30 second test for World Osteoporosis Day

Today is World Osteoporosis Day and Fonterra is encouraging New Zealanders to take a 30 second 'sit-to-stand test' to gauge their resilience against osteoporosis. The sit-to-stand test is a 30 second physical test that measures overall musculo-skeletal health, that researchers say is vital to preventing osteoporosis. "The test is a bit of fun and anyone in reasonable health can do it. It’s really valuable to test how well your body is faring," says Fonterra ... more

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Fonterra Milk for Schools changing drinking habits

Photo: Wymondley Road School staff and students and Olympian Eliza McCartney celebrating Fonterra Milk for Schools this morning. New research by the University of Auckland shows that 12 per cent more kiwi kids are meeting recommended daily dairy consumption guidelines since the introduction of the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme. The findings of the research were announced by the study investigator Associate Professor Clare Wall, at an event today attended by Deputy Labour ... more

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Food industry farewells Heart Tick and thanks Heart Foundation

The NZ Food and Grocery Council laments the retiring of the Heart Foundation’s Tick rating on packaged foods and praises the contribution the programme has made to healthy food messages over the decades. “I’m saddened by this move but I fully understand the Heart Foundation’s reasoning behind it,” says Chief Executive Katherine Rich. “The nutrition landscape is undergoing constant change, as evidenced by the introduction of the Health Star Rating ... more

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