Niki Bezzant, well-known health and nutrition commentator and editor-in-chief of NZ’s top-selling food magazine, Healthy
Food Guide, has been announced today as an Ambassador for Garden to Table.
Ms Bezzant is passionate about finding sustainable solutions to our childhood obesity crisis, with New Zealand ranked the
third most obese country in the OECD. One in nine children in New Zealand is obese (11 per cent) - about 85,000. A further 22 per cent are overweight
- about 170,000.“The recent report from the World Health Organisation Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity is a blueprint for what we need to do.
One of the things it emphasises is the importance of food education in the curriculum of formal child-care settings or institutions,” says Ms Bezzant. Garden
to Table is one of a number of non-government groups who are taking action. Their curriculum-integrated programme is offered in primary and intermediate
schools and provides children with the knowledge and skills to grow, harvest, prepare and share good food.