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NZ: Obesity prevention no longer a health priority for District Health Boards

Health priorities changed

Reducing obesity, improving nutrition and increasing physical activity are no longer health targets for district health boards.

Read more: DomPost, 8 May 2009

Government changes in health priorites short sighted

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is calling on the government to rethink its decision to cut obesity prevention and other key areas in health care from district health boards’ priorities.  Service manager Susanne Trim says, “These public health measures are all aimed at preventing the development of chronic conditions, which are a considerable drain on health resources.  To remove them as priorities is short-sighted and will jeopardise future long-term health gains.”

Read more: Press release, NZ Nurses Organisation, 5 May 2009

Published on May 5, 2009 in New Zealand news