These documents provide in-depth information on eating and activity issues, beyond what is covered in the Guidelines document.
Existing issue-based documents
- Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives (Ministry of Health, 2017)
- How We Eat – Reviews of the evidence on food and eating behaviours related to diet and body size (Gerritsen and Wall, 2017)
- Guidance for Healthy Weight Gain in Pregnancy (Ministry of Health, 2014)
- Consensus Statement on Vitamin D and Sun Exposure in New Zealand (Ministry of Health, 2012)
- Companion Statement on Vitamin D and Sun Exposure in Pregnancy and Infancy in New Zealand (Ministry of Health, 2013)
Developing new documents
Other issue-based documents will be produced as required, prioritised to meet the information needs of the health sector.
The Ministry and relevant specialists will develop the issue-based documents using the latest evidence. Relevant stakeholders in the health sector will be consulted about the draft documents before they are finalised.
Work is currently underway on:
- physical activity for under-fives
- serving size review.
Active play for under-fives
The Ministry has updated its advice on active play for under-fives. Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives covers age and stage appropriate advice to support health practitioners, early childhood educators, regional sports trusts and others who provide advice to parents, caregivers and whānau on active play for children under five years of age. They:
- outline the recommendations for sitting less, moving more and sleeping well, and the reasons for their importance as part of a healthy 24 hours
- identify the underpinning international evidence
- suggest practical, low cost activities that parents, caregivers, whānau or families can do with under-fives to assist the child’s development.
Serving size review
The Ministry has begun a review of its current serving size advice. So far we have completed a review of relevant literature and other countries’ serving size advice. We have also held an initial sector stakeholder meeting. We are currently investigating next steps.