Health & nutrition

Health & nutrition


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How kids get overweight

Overweight kids don't necessarily eat lots of fast food or biscuits. Take a look at how easy it is to feed your child the wrong things.

Splitting for daughter's sake

A Northland family is being torn apart in their bid to give their six-year-old daughter cannabis oil.

'He'll never walk again'

He was told the worst after a spinal stroke, but Shay Wells is getting back on his feet.

Kids shave to support friend

Students at Wellington school take part in a "fun-razor" to raise money for cancer charity.

Lolly stick jammed in boy's gut

A five-year-old boy spent eight months in pain after accidentally swallowing plastic Chupa Chup stick.


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Jailed for cancer hoax

An Australian mother has been jailed for poisoning her healthy daughter with cancer drugs for the attention.

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A painful wait for surgery

A 6-year-old who fell off a flying fox at school and needed surgery had to wait 27 hours at Hawke's Bay Hospital.


Calcium for kids who hate milk

There are countless appetising ways to ensure a child consumes the calcium they need that don't involve milk or cheese.

Alice Johnston

School after liver transplant

Fit, healthy and starting school. Alice Johnston, 5, has come a long way from her tough start in life as one of New Zealand's youngest liver transplant patients.


A dream come true

After battling stage four cancer, five-year-old Addy got to make her pop star wish come true. Hear her roar.


NitBusters a 'band aid'

A new initiative to combat nits in low decile schools has been labelled 'waste of time'.

Lacey Spears

Suspicious death

Mummy blogger Lacey Spears is being investigated after her son died of a suspected salt overdose.

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Extra funding thrills family

The Earl family are celebrating after the Government announced it would now fund two cochlear implants.

Jordan and family

Ipad offers hope

An iPad is allowing Jordan Winther to understand and communicate with those around him.

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Children pondering suicide

South Canterbury children as young as 8 are seeking help for suicidal thoughts, according to a counsellor.


When kids reject veges

Pressuring kids to eat veges tends to backfire by spurring negative emotions, so what can you do to get them to eat their greens?


Ailments confound specialists

Nine-year-old Zach was vomiting up to 50 times a day but doctors couldn't work out what was wrong with him.

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Vegetarian tween

My 10-year-old has decided to become a vegetarian. What should I be looking out for in her diet?

Epuni Primary School's garden

Feeding minds and pupils

A school with a garden regularly feeding its 100 pupils is hoping for donations to build a kitchen which will teach parents as well.

Save the children

An unforgettable video

No one-second-a-day video you've ever seen will have the impact of this ad for the charity group Save the Children UK.

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