Recent policy changes mean that newborn babies can now be enrolled with their GP soon after birth. An established relationship with a primary health care provider is a critical factor in children receiving essential healthcare and the timely delivery of immunisations.
The hype around what we eat is nothing new with figures showing that a significant number of New Zealand kids are either overweight or obese. It is therefore important for us as parents and caregivers to encourage our children to eat healthily from a young age. Research provides clear evidence that the food habits and patterns children acquire in early childhood remain with them into adulthood.