Pumpkins are actually a fruit not a vegetable.
Decaffeinated coffee is not caffeine-free.
A cluster of bananas is called a hand;
a single banana is a finger.
Onion is Latin for large pearl.
Fresh fruit is a better snack than dried fruit.
The term “superfood” is a misnomer.
The stickers on apples can be eaten, too.
About 75% of the fat in an avocado is monounsaturated.
A tablespoon of soy sauce can contain
up to 1,000 mg of sodium.
It is recommended that adults eat
less than 1,600 mg of sodium a day.
Fresh fruit, vegetables, and unsalted nuts
are practically sodium-free.

Muriel Bell Lecture

Muriel Bell (4/1/1898-2/5/74) was an esteemed New Zealand nutritionist and medical researcher. At each Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society held in New Zealand, a free public lecture, is held in her name. Please feel free to attend this years lecture by Professor Boyd Swinburn

Date: Thursday 29th November 2018

Time: 5pm (for 1 hour)

Venue: Massey University, East Precint, Gate 1, Albany Highway, Auckland. The Atrium Building, AT2 Lecture theatre.


Professor Boyd Swinburn MBChB, MD, FRACP, FNZCPHM

Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health, University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin Professor, Global Obesity Centre, Deakin University, Melbourne.
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Boyd Swinburn is Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin Professor with the Global Obesity Centre, Deakin University, Melbourne. He is also Co-Chair of World Obesity Policy and Prevention section (formerly International Obesity Task Force).

He trained as an endocrinologist and has conducted research in metabolic, clinical and public health aspects of obesity. His major research interests are centred on community and policy actions to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity, and reduce, what he has coined, ‘obesogenic’ environments.

He is currently leading an initiative ( to monitor and benchmark food environments internationally. He has over 350 publications related to obesity, established WHO’s first Collaborating Centre on Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in 2003, led two Lancet Series on Obesity and co-chairs the Lancet Commission on Obesity.

He has been an advisor on many government committees, WHO Consultations, and large scientific studies internationally.