Fight­ing ‘life­style diseases’

Western Leader - - IN BUSINESS - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

An Auck­land nutri­tion ex­pert has been awarded thou­sands of dol­lars to con­tinue her fight against life­style diseases.

Dr Jennifer Crowley, a tu­tor at the Univer­sity of Auck­land, was awarded the in­au­gu­ral Camp­bell Fel­low­ship of up to $25,000 to pur­sue her stud­ies over­seas.

She will at­tend a sum­mit in Cam­bridge, Eng­land, and study nu­tri­tional train­ing pro­grammes that are show­ing good re­sults in help­ing gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers achieve im­proved out­comes in the area.

Crowley hopes to bring the suc­cess­ful prac­tises back to Auck­land. ‘‘We are see­ing a big in­crease in life­style diseases con­nected to weight gain and diet is a vi­tal part of ad­dress­ing this chal­lenge,’’ Crowley said.

‘‘We know that pa­tients value GPs’ ad­vice, and if GPs rec­om­mend some­thing, pa­tients are much more likely to give it a go.’’

She said many GPs don’t have the knowl­edge or time to fully ad­dress nutri­tion in their clin­ics. ‘‘We are try­ing to find new ways to help GPs help their pa­tients and that is how a per­son on the street can ben­e­fit be­cause we hope to learn from prac­tises that are prov­ing suc­cess­ful over­seas.’’

Crowley has al­ways had a pas­sion for ad­vanc­ing nutri­tion care in New Zealand. The Camp­bell Fel­low­ship is awarded to med­i­cal re­searchers at The Univer­sity of Auck­land, to sup­port over­seas re­search.

Dr of nutri­tion, Jennifer Crowley.

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