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Government must invest more in preventative health - NZMA‎

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The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) strongly supports the United Nation's declaration this week calling for a multifaceted campaign to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and urges the Government to invest more in preventative health measures.

NCDs include cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.

"Some of these diseases are largely preventable as they are strongly associated with diet and lifestyle," says NZMA Chair Dr Paul Ockelford. "The UN has urged collaboration by governments, industry and society to curb the risk factors behind these diseases and the NZMA strongly backs this."

Recommendations made by the UN include price and tax measures to reduce tobacco consumption, curbing the extensive marketing to children of unhealthy foods and beverages, promoting healthy diets and measures to reduce excessive consumption of alcohol.

"These align strongly with the NZMA position statements on alcohol, tobacco, obesity and health equity," says Dr Ockelford.

"We are seeing alarming rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease which arecontinuing to rise in New Zealand and many other countries."

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22 September, 2011

Read full article: www.voxy.co.nz

2011-09-22


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