Who are the happiest and healthiest New Zealanders?

Feb 23, 2015

Who are the happiest and healthiest New Zealanders?

Already more than 31,500 Kiwis have taken the Choose Wellness Quiz since the end of October last year and our septuagenarians have come out on top!

The Nestlé Choose Wellness Quiz gives a score of up to 100 based on happiness, diet, exercise, health behaviours, sleep and social interaction. For people aged 70 or older the average wellness score is a spectacular 70, compared with the average adult scoring 63.The youngest respondents (<40 years) scored 58-59 – more than 10 points lessthan the oldest. However, scores got progressively better as people got older: 45-49 years scored 61, 55-59 years scored 65, and 65-69 years scored 69.

So what’s their secret? Hip Op-eration Crew, the world’s oldest dance group (Guinness World record holder 2014) knows a thing or two about making the most of your twilight years.

Snoop J (John, 80) and Leila G (Leila, 71); say “having free time and being able to be yourself” are some advantages. DD Bugz (Dianne, 68) says that “it’s true, youth is wasted on the young” but, what makes her happy now – meeting new people and being part of something – made her happy in her youth too.

And if they could go back in time? DD would love to be a young person today. “There are so many exciting opportunities we never had!”

As for how the Hip Op-eration crew stay healthy, they say being active and eating sensibly is very important, but treating yourself now and then is too.

The Nestlé Choose Wellness initiative aims to help people lead healthy, active lives. The Wellness Quiz is designed to be fun, thought provoking and give people a starting point for healthy and achievable change.

As the next step Nestlé is proudly launching the Nestlé Choose Wellness Roadshow series in three Westfield centres across the country.

Westfield Manukau

Thurs 26th Feb - Sun 1st March

Westfield Queensgate

Thurs 5th March - Sun 8th March

Westfield Riccarton

Thurs 12th March – Sun 15th March

Nestlé will be joined by a range of guest speakers. The event is sure to beentertaining and informative for the whole family (including the dog or cat), including:

  • The opportunity to meet some of NZ’s top sports stars
  • Ask qualified nutritionists your burning nutrition questions
  • Expert advice onhealthy eating, skin care and pet care
  • Keep the kids entertained on the climbing wall


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Anita Catalano, Network Communication
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