May 09, 2013
Exercise a lifelong activity
A Māori nutritionist says Māori need to treat their health and physical fitness as a lifelong activity.
Mason Ngawhika from the Māori Heart Foundation, Te Hotu Manawa Māori is speaking at this week's nutrition and physical activity hui in Rotorua.
He says Māori are getting healthier in some measures, but the whānau who need the most help are often those most likely to miss out.
He says Māori are the most active section of the public, but mainly when they are young.
"I think when we start having kids and the taumahatanga of going to work, we tend to let that side down, but when we get through the other side, those of us who have maintained our health seem to get active again," he says.
Mr Ngawhika says while poverty is a major factor in poor nutrition, people can learn how to eat healthy foods on a low budget.
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