May 14, 2021
Food havens way out of obesity
Researchers at AUT’s Child and Youth Health Research Centre are proposing food havens as a way to reduce high obesity rates among Māori and Pacific peoples.
They say many low socioeconomic neighbourhoods are food deserts with little access to healthy food, or and food swamps with an overabundance of fast food.
Lead author Daysha Tonumaipe’a says a food haven is a place or papakāinga where healthy food is culturally accessible, convenient, affordable and desirable.
She says the concept draws on indigenous knowledge and models and empowers communities to define and drive positive change for themselves with the support of local business and government.
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