Programme News

Starlight results published

Read about the Starlight trial results in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 

PriceExam protocol published and presented in Cape Town

The PriceExam protocol was recently published in BMC Public Health and presented at the World Public Health Nutrition Association Conference in Cape Town.


Achieving the WHO sodium target

A recently published NutriSales paper estimates the reductions required in the sodium content of packaged food and other sources of dietary sodium to achieve the WHO sodium target in New Zealand.


New NIHI publication makes the news

A new NIHI publication by DIET Programme Director, Cliona Ni Mhurchu and Masters Student, Tara Mackenzie was featured in the New Zealand Herald on the 9 Sept.

Potential impact of achieving salt reduction targets in NZ

This research published in the Nutrition Journal modelled health gain and cost impacts of achieving national targets for sodium reduction by using an established dietary sodium intervention model to study 10 interventions designed to meet the targets.

NutriSales paper published in British Journal of Nutrition

Nutrisales logoResults from the NutriSales project estimating population food and nutrient exposure have been published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Nutrition labels improve understanding

Nutrition labels have a minor impact on New Zealand consumer healthy food choices, according to the latest study from the University of Auckland. Read more

The journey from concept to conduct!

Starlight phone on barcodeRead how the Starlight app was conceived and developed to conduct all aspects of the Starlight study (including consent, registration, randomisation, data collection and intervention delivery).

App makes low salt and gluten-free shopping easy

Low salt and gluten-free food products will be easy to identify using an updated version of the Foodswitch smartphone app, available now, that helps New Zealanders to shop for healthy foods.

Wilma receives Emerging Researcher Best Poster prize!

Wilma price exam poster 2015Congratulations to Wilma Waterlander, Co-Principal Investigator for the Price ExaM study for being awarded the Emerging Researcher Best Poster prize at the Auckland University School of Population Health Research Showcase. 

Boyd Swinburn to co-lead global obesity commission

Boyd Swinburn photoPublic health expert and DIET Programme Co-Investigator, Professor Boyd Swinburn will jointly lead a new international commission on obesity, launched by prestigious medical journal, The Lancet.

Starlight recruitment complete!

Starlight phone on barcode imageA huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Starlight study.  Recruitment is now closed and the team will begin analysing the data in the New Year. 

Price ExaM study receives ethical approval!

Congratulations to the Price ExaM team, who received ethics approval on 10/11/15.  The team is now finalising the study procedures, and will begin recruiting in February 2016.

Starlight app not currently iOS9 compatible

Unfortunately, the Starlight app is not working properly for iPhone users running iOS9. The development team are working on fixing this and we will let you know once this has been done.  We apologise for this issue.

Virtual Supermarket demo at NIHI showcase

Virtual supermarket demoDr Wilma Waterlander demonstrates the Virtual Supermarket at the recent NIHI showcase. This software will be used in the Price ExaM study which will explore the effects of price on food purchases.