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Winter Health Special, Part 1

Many of us feel that staying healthy in winter is almost an insurmountable challenge. We struggle to find motivation, reduce our activity levels, argue with our family and co-workers about the perfect heatpump temperature, and frequently succumb to the dreaded coughs and colds. But is there a way to stop wallowing in our own misery Read More

AHSNZ International Symposium 2017 Opening Address, By AHSNZ President, Jamie Scott

  Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa Ki a papatuanuku – tena koe Ki te whare – tena koe Ki te hunga mate Ki te hunga ora   Ko Tawera te maunga Ko Otakaro te awa Ko Pakeha te iwi Ko Jamie Scott ahau Tena koutou katoa Read More

Public Health Strategies Part 4C: Bans

Public Health Strategies Part 4C: Bans, Steven Hamley Bans on Unhealthy Foods In earlier blog posts I discussed taxes and subsidies as public health strategies, mainly related to the current more popular calls to tax sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) and subsidise fruit and vegetables.  In researching those posts I came to the conclusion that both Read More

Public Health Strategies Part 4B: Subsidies

Public Health Strategies Part 4B: Subsidies, Steven Hamley In an earlier blog post I discussed taxation as a public health strategy, particularly related to the proposed tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) in Australia.  In this post I’m going to look at the opposite of taxation: subsidies. Putting a tax on unhealthy foods would generate Read More

Public Health Strategies Part 4A: Taxes

In an earlier post I mentioned a few different commonly proposed public health strategies, and how most of them fit quite nicely into a political spectrum characterised by an authoritarian-libertarian axis and a left-right axis.   In this post I’ll discuss the strategy of taxation/subsidies, which I thought fits nicely into the authoritarian left quadrant.  This is because this strategy holds the food environment primarily responsible for people not adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours rather than personal responsibility, and then uses government controls to manipulate the free market.