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Department of Human Nutrition news and events

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 scifest.org.nz 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

Human Nutrition News Item

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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.