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Vegetables as first foods for babies, e tamariki, kai o huawhenua i te tuatahi

Year:
2023
Duration:
24 months
Approved budget:
$250,000.05
Researchers:
Dr Jeanette Rapson
,
Professor Cathryn Conlon
,
Professor Lisa Te Morenga
,
Joanne Urlich
Health issue:
Nutrition
Proposal type:
Emerging Researcher First Grant
Lay summary
Despite efforts from health initiatives and whānau, Māori children are eating fewer vegetables than the children in the general population of Aotearoa New Zealand. Introducing vegetables as first complementary foods is a promising strategy to encourage children to like and eat more vegetables from an early age. Yet, achieving this can be difficult with limited evidence-based methods and infant feeding resources, especially those that are Māori-specific and support Māori whānau. This project aims to co-create and co-design research with Māori whānau and research partners to develop culturally appropriate strategies and resources to support introducing vegetables as first foods. This will be an important piece of work in addressing inequities in Māori child health with the development of an infant feeding initiative that is responsive, informed, and relevant to Māori and their whānau who wish to support their child’s vegetable intake and overall hauora/wellbeing.