Need help sticking to your New Year's resolutions?

As you get into the swing of 2019, it can be hard to keep up with those well intentioned New Year’s resolutions to improve your health.

News article

23 January 2019

Eating well, being active and getting enough quality sleep are all key elements to helping you support a healthy weight, increase your energy levels and support your mental health.

But, when you’re busy, or financially stretched, it’s easy for bad habits to creep back into your routine.

The Ministry of Health’s website offers a range of tips and resources to help you maintain a healthy weight and live a healthier life. The Eat Healthy Food and Move More Everyday brochure is a great place to start.

The Healthy weight BMI calculator helps you find out if you or your child are obese, overweight, healthy or underweight. It’s a popular tool on the Ministry’s website with nearly 2,500 people using it in the first two weeks of 2019.

When it comes to eating well, New Zealand’s orchards produce a fantastic variety of nutritious fruit and vegetables. But, many of us aren’t putting enough of them on our plates. Only half (53 percent) of Kiwi kids are eating the recommended three-or-more servings of vegetables a day. Cost, local availability and the perishability of fresh vegetables can all be barriers to healthy eating, but there are solutions.

Healthy kids has tips for delicious and affordable ways to feed the whanau and make the most of your fresh produce. Looking for fresh inspiration or ideas on how to use up your left-over carrots or broccoli? Check out the tasty recipes on the healthykids website.

And, there’s lots of ways to get more active. Step away from those devices, start moving, consider taking the stairs. Good habits start young. A recent study into the Effects of screen time on preschool health and development, shows that two year olds who spend more than one hour per day on a screen time are more likely to be obese, visit the doctor more, have lower physical motor skills, and may also exhibit hyperactivity problems when they reached around 4.5 years.

Is it time for a change at your place?