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Assoc Prof Anne-Louise Heath

BSc(Hons) BA(Hons) PhD(Otago)

Anne-Louise Heath
Tel: 64 3 479 8379
Room: Science II 6c3
Email:anne-louise.heath@otago.ac.nz

Anne-Louise is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Her areas of research interest are iron nutrition, infant nutrition, and the use of food-based strategies to improve nutritional status and health.

Anne-Louise Heath has a BA(Hons) in English, and a BSc(Hons) and PhD (1999) in Human Nutrition from the University of Otago. Her PhD supervisors were Professor Rosalind Gibson and Professor Murray Skeaff. Her Health Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship was with Professor Susan Fairweather-Tait at the Institute of Food Research (Norwich, UK). Anne-Louise is currently Co-Principal Investigator for the Baby-Led Introduction to SolidS (BLISS) study investigating the benefits and possible risks of a baby-led approach to complementary feeding (a modified version of Baby-Led Weaning), Co-Principal Investigator for "A Good Night's Sleep" investigating the influence of alterations in the gut microbiota on infant sleep, and an Investigator for the Prevention of Overweight in Infancy (POI) study - a large randomised controlled trial of the effects of infant diet and sleep on growth. Recent projects include the Toddler Food Study investigating the efficacy of dietary interventions for preventing the development of iron and other micronutrient deficiencies in toddlers, and Breastfeeding Stories, a mixed methods study investigating the experiences of women with perceived insufficient breastmilk supply.

Dr Heath coordinates the following papers:

HUNT 221 “Macronutrients and Human Health”
HUNT 451 “Nutritional Assessment”

She also teaches in a range of papers, including:

HUNT 221 (Energy, alcohol, practical classes)
HUNT 222 (Vegetarian diets)
HUNT 223 (Iron nutrition)
HUNT 311 (Biochemical assessment of iron)
HUNT 451 (Dietary assessment)

Recent Graduates

PhD

Sonya Cameron. Is Baby-led Weaning a feasible method for introducing complementary foods to infants in New Zealand? 2014.

Master of Science

Brittany Morison. Nutrient intakes of 12 month old infants following a baby-led approach to infant feeding. 2015.

Liz Williams. Nutrient intakes of 9 month old infants following a baby-led approach to infant feeding. 2015.

Aimee Richardson. Investigating links between well-being and iron and selenium. 2015.

Megan Somerville. Does dietary intervention during the first 12 months of life affect eating behaviours at 12 months of age? 2013.

Emily Watson. The EAT (Eating Assessment in Toddlers) study: Relative validity and reproducibility of a food frequency questionnaire for determining nutrient intake in 12-24 month old children in New Zealand. 2012.

Master of Dietetics

Renee Yu. Fruit and vegetable intakes of 5-year old children in Dunedin, New Zealand. 2015.

Li Kee Chee. The role of “snacks” in the diets of 5-year old children in Dunedin, New Zealand. 2015.

Emily Flett,. What is the role of puréed foods in the diets of infants during the complementary feeding period? 2015.

Anita Clouston. The role of commercial infant and toddler foods in the diets of New Zealand toddlers. 2014.

Jia Yun Fam. Fruit and vegetable intakes of 3-year old New Zealand children. 2014.

Megan Chang. Phytate and zinc intakes of toddlers from the South Island, New Zealand. 2013.

Nicola Hartley. Phytate and zinc intakes of toddlers from New Zealand. 2013.

Claire Schramm. How do we measure Baby-led Weaning? 2013.

Catherine Luey. A web-based dietary assessment method for exploring zinc bioavailability. 2013.

Areege Hussein.  A web-based dietary assessment method for exploring iron bioavailability. 2013.

Postgraduate Diploma in Science

Susan MacDonell. Assumptions used to determine the Estimated Average Requirement for iron in adult New Zealand women: Total dietary iron and haem iron intakes, and determinants of menstrual blood loss, in adult pre-menopausal New Zealand women. 2013.

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Publications

Heath, A.-L., & Taylor, R. (2017). Childhood and adolescent nutrition. In J. Mann & A. S. Truswell (Eds.), Essentials of human nutrition. (5th ed.) (pp. 529-545). Oxford University Press.

Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Fangupo, L. J., Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Daniels, L., Fleming, E. A., McArthur, J., Morison, B., Williams Erickson, L., Davies, R. S., Bacchus, S., Cameron, S. L., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2017). Effect of a baby-led approach to complementary feeding on infant growth and overweight: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatrics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.1284

Taylor, B. J., Gray, A. R., Galland, B. C., Heath, A.-L. M., Lawrence, J., Sayers, R. M., Cameron, S., Hanna, M., Dale, K., Coppell, K., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). Targeting sleep, food, and activity in infants for obesity prevention: An RCT. Pediatrics, 139(3), e20162037. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-2037

Galland, B. C., Sayers, R. M., Cameron, S. L., Gray, A. R., Heath, A.-L. M., Lawrence, J. A., Newlands, A., Taylor, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). Anticipatory guidance to prevent infant sleep problems within a randomised controlled trial: Infant, maternal and partner outcomes at 6 months of age. BMJ Open, 7(5), e014908. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014908

Taylor, R. W., Iosua, E., Heath, A.-L. M., Gray, A. R., Taylor, B. J., Lawrence, J. A., Hanna, M., Cameron, S. L., Sayers, R., & Galland, B. (2017). Eating frequency in relation to BMI in very young children: A longitudinal analysis. Public Health Nutrition, 20(8), 1372-1379. doi: 10.1017/S1368980017000143

Chapter in Book - Research

Heath, A.-L., & Taylor, R. (2017). Childhood and adolescent nutrition. In J. Mann & A. S. Truswell (Eds.), Essentials of human nutrition. (5th ed.) (pp. 529-545). Oxford University Press.

Heath, A.-L., & Taylor, R. (2012). Childhood and adolescent nutrition. In J. Mann & A. S. Truswell (Eds.), Essentials of human nutrition. (4th ed.) (pp. 554-571). Oxford University Press.

Gibson, R., Heath, A.-L. M., Prosser, N., Parnell, W. R., Donovan, U. M., Green, T. J., … Skeaff, C. M. (2000). Are young women with low iron stores at risk of zinc as well as iron deficiency? In A. Roussel, R. A. Anderson & A. E. Favier (Eds.), Trace Elements in Man and Animals, 10. (pp. 323-328). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

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Journal - Research Article

Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Fangupo, L. J., Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Daniels, L., Fleming, E. A., McArthur, J., Morison, B., Williams Erickson, L., Davies, R. S., Bacchus, S., Cameron, S. L., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2017). Effect of a baby-led approach to complementary feeding on infant growth and overweight: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatrics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.1284

Taylor, R. W., Iosua, E., Heath, A.-L. M., Gray, A. R., Taylor, B. J., Lawrence, J. A., Hanna, M., Cameron, S. L., Sayers, R., & Galland, B. (2017). Eating frequency in relation to BMI in very young children: A longitudinal analysis. Public Health Nutrition, 20(8), 1372-1379. doi: 10.1017/S1368980017000143

Galland, B. C., Sayers, R. M., Cameron, S. L., Gray, A. R., Heath, A.-L. M., Lawrence, J. A., Newlands, A., Taylor, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). Anticipatory guidance to prevent infant sleep problems within a randomised controlled trial: Infant, maternal and partner outcomes at 6 months of age. BMJ Open, 7(5), e014908. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014908

Taylor, B. J., Gray, A. R., Galland, B. C., Heath, A.-L. M., Lawrence, J., Sayers, R. M., Cameron, S., Hanna, M., Dale, K., Coppell, K., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). Targeting sleep, food, and activity in infants for obesity prevention: An RCT. Pediatrics, 139(3), e20162037. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-2037

Morison, B. J., Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Schramm, C., Williams Erickson, L., Fangupo, L. J., Fleming, E. A., … Heath, A.-L. M. (2016). How different are baby-led weaning and conventional complementary feeding? A cross-sectional study of infants aged 6-8 months. BMJ Open, 6(5), e010665. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010665

Taylor, R. W., Heath, A.-L. M., Galland, B. C., Cameron, S. L., Lawrence, J. A., Gray, A. R., Tannock, G. W., Lawley, B., Healey, D., Sayers, R. M., Hanna, M., Meredith-Jones, K., Hatch, B., & Taylor, B. J. (2016). Three-year follow-up of a randomised controlled trial to reduce excessive weight gain in the first two years of life: Protocol for the POI follow-up study. BMC Public Health, 16, 771. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3383-4

Ho, M., Heath, A.-L. M., Gow, M., Baur, L. A., Cowell, C. T., Samman, S., & Garnett, S. P. (2016). Zinc intake, zinc bioavailability and plasma zinc in obese adolescents with clinical insulin resistance following low energy diets. Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, 69(2), 135-141. doi: 10.1159/000450728

Moir, C., Meredith-Jones, K., Taylor, B. J., Gray, A., Heath, A.-L. M., Dale, K., Galland, B., Lawrence, J., Sayers, R. M., & Taylor, R. W. (2016). Early intervention to encourage physical activity in infants and toddlers: A randomized controlled trial. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 48(12), 2446-2453. doi: 10.1249/mss.0000000000001055

Fangupo, L. J., Heath, A.-L. M., Williams, S. M., Erickson Williams, L. J., Morison, B. J., Fleming, E. A., Taylor, B. J., Wheeler, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2016). A baby-led approach to eating solids and risk of choking. Pediatrics, 138(4). doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-0772

Cameron, S. L., Heath, A.-L. M., Gray, A. R., Churcher, B., Davies, R. S., Newlands, A., Galland, B. C., Sayers, R. M., Lawrence, J. A., Taylor, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2015). Lactation consultant support from late pregnancy with an educational intervention at 4 months of age delays the introduction of complementary foods in a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Nutrition, 145(7), 1481-1490. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.202689

Watson, E. O., Heath, A.-L. M., Taylor, R. W., Mills, V. C., Barris, A. C., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2015). Relative validity and reproducibility of an FFQ to determine nutrient intakes of New Zealand toddlers aged 12-24 months. Public Health Nutrition, 18(18), 3265-3271. doi: 10.1017/S1368980015000841

Mills, V. C., Skidmore, P. M. L., Watson, E. O., Taylor, R. W., Fleming, E. A., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2015). Relative validity and reproducibility of a food frequency questionnaire for identifying the dietary patterns of toddlers in New Zealand. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 115(4), 551-558. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2014.09.016

Richardson, A. C., Heath, A.-L. M., Haszard, J. J., Polak, M. A., Houghton, L. A., & Conner, T. S. (2015). Higher body iron is associated with greater depression symptoms among young adult men but not women: Observational data from the Daily Life Study. Nutrients, 7, 6055-6072. doi: 10.3390/nu7085270

Fangupo, L. J., Heath, A.-L. M., Williams, S. M., Somerville, M. R., Lawrence, J. A., Gray, A. R., Taylor, B. J., Mills, V. C., Watson, E. O., Galland, B. C., Sayers, R. M., Hanna, M. B., & Taylor, R. W. (2015). Impact of an early-life intervention on the nutrition behaviors of 2-y-old children: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 102(3), 704-712. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.115.111823

Cameron, S. L., Taylor, R. W., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2015). Development and pilot testing of Baby-Led Introduction to SolidS: A version of Baby-Led Weaning modified to address concerns about iron deficiency, growth faltering and choking. BMC Pediatrics, 15, 99. doi: 10.1186/s12887-015-0422-8

Beck, K. L., Conlon, C. A., Kruger, R., Heath, A.-L. M., Matthys, C., Coad, J., … Stonehouse, W. (2014). Blood donation, being Asian, and a history of iron deficiency are stronger predictors of iron deficiency than dietary patterns in premenopausal women. BioMed Research International, 2014, 652860. doi: 10.1155/2014/652860

Galland, B. C., Gray, A., Sayers, R. M., Heath, A.-L. M., Lawrence, J., Taylor, R., & Taylor, B. J. (2014). Safe sleep practices in a New Zealand community and development of a Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) risk assessment instrument. BMC Pediatrics, 14(1), 263. doi: 10.1186/1471-2431-14-263

Cameron, S. L., Taylor, R. W., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2013). Parent-led or baby-led? Associations between complementary feeding practices and health-related behaviours in a survey of New Zealand families. BMJ Open, 3(12), e003946. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003946

Beck, K. L., Kruger, R., Conlon, C. A., Heath, A.-L. M., Matthys, C., Coad, J., & Stonehouse, W. (2013). Suboptimal iron status and associated dietary patterns and practices in premenopausal women living in Auckland, New Zealand. European Journal of Nutrition, 52(2), 467-476. doi: 10.1007/s00394-012-0348-y

Beck, K. L., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2013). Dietary approaches to assessing iron-related nutrition. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care, 16(6), 712-718. doi: 10.1097/MCO.0b013e328364f382

Beck, K. L., Conlon, C. A., Kruger, R., Heath, A.-L. M., Matthys, C., Coad, J., & Stonehouse, W. (2012). Iron status and self-perceived health, well-being, and fatigue in female university students living in New Zealand. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 31(1), 45-53.

Beck, K. L., Kruger, R., Conlon, C. A., Heath, A.-L. M., Coad, J., Matthys, C., & Stonehouse, W. (2012). The relative validity and reproducibility of an iron food frequency questionnaire for identifying iron-related dietary patterns in young women. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 112(8), 1177-1187. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2012.05.012

Cameron, S. L., Heath, A.-L. M., & Taylor, R. W. (2012). How feasible is baby-led weaning as an approach to infant feeding? A review of the evidence. Nutrients, 4(11), 1575-1609. doi: 10.3390/nu4111575

Cameron, S. L., Heath, A.-L. M., & Taylor, R. W. (2012). Healthcare professionals’ and mothers’ knowledge of, attitudes to and experiences with, Baby-Led Weaning: A content analysis study. BMJ Open, 2, e001542. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001542

De Keyzer, W., Van Caneghem, S., Heath, A.-L. M., Vanaelst, B., Verschraegen, M., De Henauw, S., & Huybrechts, I. (2012). Nutritional quality and acceptability of a weekly vegetarian lunch in primary-school canteens in Ghent, Belgium: 'Thursday Veggie Day'. Public Health Nutrition, 15(12), 2326-2330. doi: 10.1017/s1368980012000870

Houghton, L. A., Gray, A. R., Szymlek-Gay, E. A., Heath, A.-L. M., & Ferguson, E. L. (2011). Vitamin D-fortified milk achieves the targeted serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration without affecting that of parathyroid hormone in New Zealand toddlers. Journal of Nutrition, 141(10), 1840-1846. doi: 10.3945/jn.111.145052

Taylor, B. J., Heath, A.-L. M., Galland, B. C., Gray, A. R., Lawrence, J. A., Sayers, R. M., Dale, K., Coppell, K. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2011). Prevention of overweight in infancy (POI.nz) study: A randomised controlled trial of sleep, food and activity interventions for preventing overweight from birth. BMC Public Health, 11, 942. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-942

Gibson, R., & Heath, A.-L. (2011). Population groups at risk of zinc deficiency in Australia and New Zealand. Nutrition & Dietetics, 68(2), 97-108. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2011.01516.x

Houghton, L. A., Szymlek-Gay, E. A., Gray, A. R., Ferguson, E. L., Deng, X., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2010). Predictors of vitamin D status and its association with parathyroid hormone in young New Zealand children. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 92(1), 69-76. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.29055

Prosser, N. R., Heath, A.-L. M., Williams, S. M., & Gibson, R. S. (2010). Influence of an iron intervention on the zinc status of young adult New Zealand women with mild iron deficiency. British Journal of Nutrition, 104, 742-750. doi: 10.1017/S0007114510001091

Morgan, E. J., Heath, A.-L. M., Szymlek-Gay, E. A., Gibson, R. S., Gray, A. R., Bailey, K. B., & Ferguson, E. L. (2010). Red meat and a fortified manufactured toddler milk drink increase dietary zinc intakes without affecting zinc status of New Zealand toddlers. Journal of Nutrition, 140(12), 2221-2226. doi: 10.3945/jn.109.120717

Szymlek-Gay, E. A., Ferguson, E. L., Heath, A.-L. M., & Fleming, E. A. (2010). Quantities of foods consumed by 12- to 24-month-old New Zealand children. Nutrition & Dietetics, 67(4), 244-250. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2010.01471.x

Cross, A. J., Heath, A.-L. M., Ferguson, E. L., Gray, A. R., & Szymlek-Gay, E. A. (2009). Rates of common communicable illnesses in non-anaemic 12-24 month old South Island, New Zealand children. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1290). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1290/3489/content.pdf

Szymlek-Gay, E. A., Ferguson, E. L., Heath, A.-L. M., Gray, A. R., & Gibson, R. S. (2009). Food-based strategies improve iron status in toddlers: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90, 1541-1551. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.27588

Heath, A.-L. M., Roe, M. A., Oyston, S. L., Gray, A. R., Williams, S. M., & Fairweather-Tait, S. J. (2008). Blood loss is a stronger predictor of iron status in men than C282Y heterozygosity or diet. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 27(1), 158-167.

Fairweather-Tait, S. J., Harvey, L., Heath, A.-L. M., & Roe, M. (2007). Effect of SNPs on iron metabolism. Genes & Nutrition, 2(1), 15-19.

Roe, M. A., Spinks, C., Heath, A.-L. M., Harvey, L. J., Foxall, R., Wimperis, J., … Fairweather-Tait, S. J. (2007). Serum prohepcidin concentration: No association with iron absorption in healthy men; and no relationship with iron status in men carrying HFE mutations, hereditary haemochromatosis patients undergoing phlebotomy treatment, or pregnant women. British Journal of Nutrition, 97, 544-549. doi: 10.1017/S0007114507336829

Heath, A.-L. M., Roe, M. A., Oyston, S. L., & Fairweather-Tait, S. J. (2005). Meal-based intake assessment tool: Relative validity when determining dietary intake of Fe and Zn and selected absorption modifiers in UK men. British Journal of Nutrition, 93, 403-416.

Roe, M. A., Heath, A.-L. M., Oyston, S. L., Macrow, C., Hoogewerff, J. A., Foxall, R., … Fairweather-Tait, S. J. (2005). Iron absorption in male C282Y heterozygotes. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 81, 814-821.

Matthys, C., Pynaert, I., Roe, M., Fairweather-Tait, S. J., Heath, A.-L. M., & De Henauw, S. (2004). Validity and reproducibility of a computerised tool for assessing the iron, calcium and vitamin C intake of Belgian women. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 58(9), 1297-1305.

Heath, A.-L. M., & Fairweather-Tait, S. J. (2003). Health implications of iron overload: The role of diet and genotype. Nutrition Reviews, 61(2), 45-62.

Thom, R., Parnell, W. R., Broadbent, R. S., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2003). Predicting iron status in low birthweight infants. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 39, 173-176.

Gibson, R., Heath, A.-L. M., & Ferguson, E. L. (2002). Risk of suboptimal iron and zinc nutriture among adolescent girls in Australia and New Zealand: Causes, consequences and solutions. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 11, S543-S552.

Heath, A.-L. M., & Fairweather-Tait, S. J. (2002). Clinical implications of changes in the modern diet: iron intake, absorption and status. Best Practice & Research: Clinical Haematology, 15, 225-241.

Heath, A.-L. M., Tuttle, C. R., Simons, M. S. L., Cleghorn, C. L., & Parnell, W. R. (2002). Longitudinal study of diet and iron deficiency anaemia in infants during the first two years of life. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 11(4), 251-257. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-6047.2002.00313.x

Heath, A.-L. M., Tuttle, C. R., Simons, M. S. L., Cleghorn, C. L., & Parnell, W. R. (2002). A longitudinal study of breastfeeding and weaning practices during the first year of life in Dunedin, New Zealand. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 102(7), 937-943. doi: 10.1016/S0002-8223(02)90214-2

Heath, A.-L. M., Skeaff, C. M., O'Brien, S. M., Williams, S. M., & Gibson, R. S. (2001). Can dietary treatment of non-anemic iron deficiency improve iron status? Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 20(5), 477-484.

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