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Department of Human Nutrition news and events

Balancing salt and iodine intake

Tuesday, 16 May 2023 8:53am

Increasing the iodine content in table salt or diversifying the sources of food iodised salt is added to could help prevent iodine deficiency in Aotearoa New Zealand’s population, especially among women of reproductive age, an Otago PhD graduand says.

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Evening activity breaks from screen time better for health

Wednesday, 29 March 2023 8:40am

Breaking up long periods of sitting in the evening can result in lower blood sugar and insulin levels in healthy adults, a new University of Otago study has found.

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Professor Sheila Skeaff wins OUSA Supervisor of the Year Award

Monday, 13 February 2023 9:13am

When Nan Xin Wang arrived in Dunedin to start her PhD studies in the Department of Human Nutrition, Professor Sheila Skeaff immediately made a very deep impression on her.

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Otago’s success anything but impromptu

Thursday, 13 October 2022 8:57am

Otago’s success at the 2022 Officer’s Cup Tournament is not up for debate.

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Ones to Watch: Brooke Davies

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 3:01pm

Defending a national title, competing in Portugal and studying full-time is just the status quo for a student with a bright future.

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Life's work helping vulnerable populations recognised

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 10:45am

A three-year period in the 1960s, while working as a nutritionist in Ethiopia, initiated Emeritus Professor Rosalind Gibson’s lifetime contribution to improving the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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Researching sweat rates and hydration needs during menstruation

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 2:11pm

Nutrition student Michaela Rogan is contributing to a little-researched area of science - variation in sweat rates and hydration needs during the menstrual cycle.

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Ones to Watch: Georgia Mayor

Monday, 13 June 2022 10:21am

Dance and healthy body image have not always been the greatest of friends - a relationship one Otago student plans to improve.

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Flat cooking horror stories inspire student food bags

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 3:51pm

A dinner party with friends and parents was the catalyst for Human Nutrition research assistant Kimberly Ti’s idea of Feed My Flat food bags for students.

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Extreme race had nutrition student 'thinking outside the box'

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 2:48pm

Alice Young wasn't competing - but assisting four athletes with their diet ahead of a demanding race took her out of her comfort zone.

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Food truck's tasty fare paired with healthy eating advice

Thursday, 24 February 2022 2:11pm

An enticing mix of tasty food and healthy eating advice is on the menu of the Department of Human Nutrition’s new food truck.

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Otago graduate aiming to improve Pacific nutrition

Monday, 20 December 2021 8:41am

When Darryl Pupi first arrived at Otago from Samoa as an undergraduate he knew he wanted to work in the health field, he just didn’t know in what capacity.

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Grace Davies and Vince Costa: behind the scenes of the COVID response

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 11:48am

Two of those working on the COVID-19 response for the Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) in Wellington are young Otago alumni.

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Otago recognises promising early career researchers

Thursday, 8 July 2021 1:18pm

Six researchers whose work ranges from investigating pre-schoolers urban experiences to how reproduction influences life-history, health and ageing have been honoured with Early Career Researcher Awards.

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Research finds baby food pouches are sweet and low in iron

Thursday, 15 April 2021 2:21pm

Research out of the University of Otago’s Department of Human Nutrition has examined the nutritional quality of baby food pouches found in most supermarkets.

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Staff member celebrates 45 years at Otago

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 5:02pm

Client Services Administrator Lyn Tyrrell started at the University of Otago in 1976.

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Human Nutrition’s inaugural MAppSc graduate

Monday, 17 August 2020 4:44pm

As the inaugural graduate of the Master of Applied Science in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Tira Phillipson-Puna is already putting his qualification to great use for high performance sports.

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Move More @ Work study seeking participants

Wednesday, 8 July 2020 3:58pm

Ever reach the end of a working day and wish you had moved your body just a bit more than you managed to achieve? Well here’s the perfect opportunity to break those sedentary habits, get a little bit of activity during work time, and benefit both yourself and some Otago research in the process.

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Health of truck drivers and evening TV binge-watchers under Otago researchers’ spotlight

Friday, 29 May 2020 10:58am

The health and safety of truck drivers and the impacts of evening television binge-watching will come under the spotlight in new University of Otago research being funded by the Health Research Council.

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Human Nutrition experts offer lockdown advice for families

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 8:08pm

As other parts of our lives have shut down during lockdown, food has become increasingly important as a focus in our daily routine. Mary Spiers and Dr Claire Smith discuss some food-related challenges and offer simple advice.

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Consumers should cut down food waste: Otago study

Monday, 30 March 2020 10:32am

More than three quarters of New Zealand’s retail food waste is being saved from landfill, in stark contrast to Kiwi households, Otago researchers say.

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Three new professors for Department of Nutrition

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 1:21pm

Today’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Department of Human Nutrition’s three new Professors.

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Aged care residents at risk of malnutrition, Otago study shows

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 3:41pm

More than half of aged care residents are not eating enough and are missing out on essential vitamins and other nutrients despite being offered a variety of food, Otago research shows.

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30 new Professors for the University of Otago

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 4:51pm

Thirty University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Bell ringing a great new tradition

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 8:25pm

The University of Otago has created a new tradition – inviting doctoral students to ring the University bell when they submit the hard copy of their PhD - and it's proving popular.

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Science Division’s Health Research Council Grants success

Thursday, 27 June 2019 8:43am

Being given the opportunity to seek answers to questions that are “relevant to mums, dads and whanau,” is a great advantage of a receiving a Health Research Council (HRC) Grant, says Human Nutrition’s Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath.

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Dietetics offers free Nutrition Warrant of Fitness checks

Thursday, 23 May 2019 11:50pm

We are what we eat, but what to eat can be a constant dilemma as we stand in supermarket aisles deciding which product to pop in our baskets.

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Human Nutrition graduate becomes Sciences Kaiāwhina

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 9:55pm

Supporting Māori students during their time at Otago in a communally spirited environment is the driver for Sarahmarie Kuroko in her new role as Kaiāwhina for Sciences.

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Study highlights detrimental effect of overlooking female athletes’ nutritional needs

Monday, 25 March 2019 11:48am

As poor nutrition can negatively affect everything from bone to reproductive health, more attention needs to be paid to the specific nutritional needs of female athletes, a collaborative study from the University of Otago and University of Waikato argues.

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Otago nutrition experts call for updated national survey to see what NZ’ers are eating

Thursday, 7 February 2019 1:55pm

As dietary factors and obesity have taken over as the key causes of the global burden of disease, University of Otago nutrition experts say there’s a desperate need for a national nutrition survey to see what New Zealanders are eating, with the most recent survey a decade old.

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News of Otago’s dietary fibre research goes global

Thursday, 31 January 2019 1:43pm

New research has once again put the University of Otago on the map, with global interest and widespread media coverage on a publication of the health benefits of dietary fibre and wholegrain intake.

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University of Otago announces academic promotions

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 2:45pm

Seventeen University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Otago researchers want us to go nuts about nuts

Monday, 15 October 2018 11:14am

They improve health, reduce the risk of heart disease, and can potentially make us leaner, but too many New Zealanders are shying away from nuts. University of Otago researchers are keen to crack this conundrum.

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Nutrition textbook receives major award

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:15am

A textbook co-authored by Otago Professor of Human Nutrition Jim Mann, has been named one of the best in the world by the British Medical Association (BMA).

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University of Otago academic scoops top teaching award

Friday, 14 September 2018 9:56am

For the sixth time in seven years, the University of Otago has the top tertiary teacher in New Zealand.

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Tackling diet-related disease in New Zealand

Monday, 3 September 2018 9:54am

Unhealthy diet is the leading preventable risk for poor health in New Zealand. Diet-related diseases (and how we manage them) is becoming a pressing issue for the country.

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Sheila Skeaff wins teaching award

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 10:15am

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Simple solution to threat posed by prolonged sitting – Otago academic

Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:56am

Get off your bum and move around for two minutes every half hour, for the good of your health.

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Poppable “cyst” cake wins Bake Your Thesis contest

Thursday, 2 August 2018 12:35pm

An exceptionally creative (and slightly disgusting) cake has won the University’s inaugural Bake Your Thesis competition, held in the Law Faculty common room yesterday afternoon as part of the annual Otago Graduate Research Festival.

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Simple supplement aids powerful rugby performance – Otago study finds

Monday, 23 July 2018 11:13am

Sore muscles and peak athletic performance do not mix. Otago researchers have found a common health supplement may solve the issue.

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Price of ‘healthy food basket’ continues to rise, Otago research reveals

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 9:02am

The cost of buying healthy food in a weekly supermarket shop continues to grow, the latest New Zealand Food Cost Survey carried out by the University of Otago shows.

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Nutrition WOFs offered to staff and postgrads

Friday, 25 May 2018 11:19am

Otago staff and postgraduate students are being offered a free nutritional ‘check-up’.

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New group aims to create a community for nutrition students

Monday, 21 May 2018 3:43pm

On a Friday night when many students are either hitting the books or taking a breather from studying, about 150 students gathered at St David’s Lecture Theatre to find out about Otago’s newest student-run association: the Otago University Nutrition Association.

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Nominations open for Otago Science Awards

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:24am

A call is being made to recognise Otago’s science heroes with nominations now open for the biennial Otago Daily Times Otago Science Awards – a joint initiative between the New Zealand International Science Festival and the ODT. Nominations can be made online via the New Zealand International Science Festival website and will close on Thursday 28 June at 5pm. Winners will be announced at the launch of the New Zealand International Science Festival on Friday 6 July.

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Banana Bread Project

Monday, 23 April 2018 2:49pm

Banana Bread Project

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Baking up something good for the community

Wednesday, 4 April 2018 12:26pm

Perfectly edible bananas that would otherwise be destined for the landfill are being put to good use feeding Dunedin’s most vulnerable children and families thanks to a unique partnership between KiwiHarvest and the University of Otago’s Human Nutrition programme.

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Four inspiring teachers win 2018 Teaching Excellence Awards

Tuesday, 6 March 2018 11:09pm

The enthusiasm and passion of four Otago teachers has earned them recognition in this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards, which were presented at a ceremony at the Clocktower Building this afternoon.

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Toloa tertiary scholarship

Tuesday, 6 March 2018 2:39pm

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Otago research provides more incentives for desk-dwellers to get up and move

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 9:39am

Taking regular activity breaks while sitting for long periods does not increase your appetite, University of Otago academics have discovered.

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Elite rugby players not immune to body image issues

Monday, 8 January 2018 2:33pm

Despite being in peak physical form, young elite rugby players may be suffering from body image issues and poor nutritional choices, a University of Otago study has found.