Nutritional determinants of non-communicable diseases

July 2018 – June 2022

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Almost 90% of death and disability in New Zealand is attributed to non-communicable diseases, and much of this is preventable.  Poor diet is the leading cause of death in New Zealand, accounting for nearly 20% of deaths in 2017. Many of the other common causes of death are related to poor diet, such as high blood pressure, high plasma glucose, body mass index, and high cholesterol.

This project examines aspects of nutrition and nutrition policies that can prevent the onset of non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

Research will focus on improving our understanding of healthy foods.  Knowledge exchange with policy-makers, key stakeholders and the public will examine the factors that influence our diet at a population scale, the need for national nutrition monitoring, and guidance about healthy diets.


Nutritional determinants of non-communicable diseases

Principal investigators:



Puka rangahau

National guidelines

Professor Jim Mann has chaired Technical Advisory Groups for:


Conferences and symposia


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