We are committed to sharing our knowledge and discoveries with communities.
- Conducted one of the first controlled studies, internationally, to show that community-based approaches are successful in reducing childhood obesity
- Established there is potential to reduce diabetes in a high risk Māori community
- Demonstrated that lifestyle intervention offers additional benefits even when current diabetic drug treatments have been optimised
- Shown that a range of dietary approaches are effective in treating and preventing type 2 diabetes
Population and public health
Our work looking at NZ's population and specific sectors of the community helps influence evidence-based health policies.
Ngati and Healthy: Prevent diabetes project
We also encourage dissemination of our findings through research symposia, meetings, media and health advocacy networks.
TV3 Re-Think, 13 Dec 2016 - Dr Lisa Te Morenga discusses healthy lifestyle choices (Season 2 Episode 36; 25mins)
Where does responsibility lie?
The Centre has held a series of symposia looking at where responsibility lies in addressing obesity and diabetes from a public health perspective:
- The Diabesity Crisis: How can we make a difference? (2017)
- NZ's Waistline - what will it take to fix it? (2013)
- Who is responsible for NZ's waistline? (2011)
- Who cares about NZ's waistline? (2010)
We also provide expertise and support to a number of organisations working in the diabetes and obesity sector.
Family and community
Our work has included family and community-wide initiatives to minimise risk of obesity and diabetes.
VIDEO: The Obesity Epidemic. (14 mins mp4) Watch our video and see if there are some ideas you can use to make your community a healthier environment.
Read about our research:
- APPLE: A pilot programme for lifestyle and exercise
- BLISS: Baby-led introduction to solids
- FLAME: Family, Lifestyle, Activity, Movement and Eating
- MInT: Motivational interviewing in treatment
- Play study
- POI: Prevention of overweight in infancy
Our research incorporates management and care aspects of diabetes and obesity. Some of our studies about personal health include: