The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre held a one-day research symposium at the University of Otago, Wellington, on Friday 20 September, 2019.
From Evidence to Everyday: Translating nutrition research for a healthy Aotearoa
This fascinating lineup of topics explored how nutrition research is interpreted by health professionals, the media, policymakers, the community, and ultimately makes its way into our everyday food choices.
As part of the symposium, we hosted a panel discussion on the Cost of Food, chaired by renowned broadcaster Kim Hill.
Watch the symposium presentations
Welcome and opening remarks
History of nutrition research at the University of Otago
Professor Rachael Taylor (Director of EDOR)
History of food and disease in the Pacific – the evidence
Weaving evidence-based nutrition interventions to complement Pacific Islanders’ everyday life rhythm
Associate Professor Nia Aitaoto (University of Utah Health)
The phenomena of supersizing and enrichment as revealed in recipes
Emeritus Professor Helen Leach (University of Otago)
Metabolic karma: understanding the lasting legacy of our diet
Professor Merlin Thomas (Monash University)
Translating nutrition evidence: what does the science tell us?
Clarifying the minefield of ever-changing “nutrition advice”
Professor Jim Mann (University of Otago)
Creating the evidence base for nutritional public health interventions: time for
a new paradigm
Professor Nick Wareham (University of Cambridge)
Crossing disciplinary divides: the challenge of collaboration between nutrition and environmental sustainability
Professor Hugh Campbell (University of Otago)
Translating nutrition evidence: from evidence to everyday life
The role of media in translating nutrition evidence
Ms Sarah Boseley (The Guardian)
Truth in an Instagram world: Science, pseudoscience and social media
Ms Niki Bezzant (Food and nutrition writer)
How do and should governments respond to research evidence?
Hon Grant Robertson (Minister of Finance)
Supporting communities with nutrition advice
Associate Professor Matire Harwood (University of Auckland)
Evidence to Everyday in the media
- Are Kiwi slices getting out of control?, Radio NZ, 20 Sept, 2019 (10m10s)
- Māori academic revives call to scrap GST on fruit, veges, Te Karere TVNZ, 20 Sept, 2019 (2m20s)
- Call for govt action on unhealthy food ads aimed at children, Radio NZ, 20 Sept, 2019 (6m42s)
- The truth about food advertising, Newstalk ZB, 22 Sept, 2019 (11m49s)
- Evidence to Everyday – what to eat in plain English, Health Central, 24 Sept, 2019