AsPr Colin Bell

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor In Public Health

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Medicine

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

colin.bell@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 78043

Biography

Colin Bell is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Deakin University's School of Medicine and Deputy Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention.

A/Prof Bell obtained a PhD in Community Health from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and has an MSc and BSc(Honours) in Human Nutrition from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He completed post-doctoral studies on the China Health and Nutrition Survey at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Colin is recognized for his expertise in obesity and chronic disease prevention and has worked on a number of successful population and community-based programs in Australia and New Zealand over the last 20 years.

Prior to his appointment at Deakin, A/Prof Bell was a Technical Officer (Non-communicable diseases) with the Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organization based in Suva, Fiji and Manila, Philippines. In this role he provided support to 22 Pacific Countries and Area’s on NCD prevention and control. A major achievement during this time was coordination of the 2010 Pacific Food Summit in Vanuatu. Colin was also Director of ‘Good For Kids, Good For Life’ (2006-2009) – a large intervention and research program that aimed to prevent overweight and obesity in children in the Hunter New England region of NSW, Australia. He was a research fellow at Deakin University from 2001-2006 and helped establish the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention.

A/Prof Bell has a conjoint appointment with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Australia. He is a member of the Public Health Association of Australia and the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network.

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Biography summary

Colin Bell (BSc (hons), MSc, PhD) is the Public Health Medicine Theme Leader within the School of Medicine at Deakin University and Deputy Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention. His obesity related intervention research has both national and international standing. Assoc Prof Bell’s research to date has demonstrated that multi-strategy,multi-setting approaches can successfully prevent unhealthy weight gain in adults (Samoan churches, New Zealand) and in children in preschool (Romp and Chomp, Australia), primary school (Be Active Eat Well VIC,
Good for Kids, Good for Life NSW) and high school (It’s Your Move, Australia). Assoc Prof Bell has been the recipient of more than 10 research grants from the ARC, NHMRC, Universities and government agencies.

Research interests

Non-communicable disease prevention and control, nutrition epidemiology, intervention design, delivery and evaluation, health promotion, childhood obesity prevention, program management, creating healthy environments.

Publications

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2016

Healthy together Victoria and childhood obesity-a methodology for measuring changes in childhood obesity in response to a community-based, whole of system cluster randomized control trial

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Dr Lynne Millar, Dr Andrew Churchill, A/Prof Felice Jacka, A/Prof Colin Bell, Ms Mary Malakellis, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Steven Allender

(2016), Vol. 74, pp. 1-16, Archives of public health, London, Eng., C1

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2015

An implementation intervention to encourage healthy eating in centre-based child-care services : impact of the Good for Kids Good for Life programme

A/Prof Colin Bell, Lynda Davies, Meghan Finch, Luke Wolfenden, J Lynn Francis, Rachel Sutherland, A/Prof John Wiggers

(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 1610-1619, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

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A community based systems diagram of obesity causes

Prof Steven Allender, Mr Brynle Owen, Jill Kuhlberg, Ms Janette Lowe, Phoebe Nagorcka-Smith, Ms Jill Whelan, A/Prof Colin Bell

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-12, PLoS One, San Francisco, CA, C1

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Child physical activity levels and associations with modifiable characteristics in centre-based childcare

A/Prof Colin Bell, Meghan Finch, Luke Wolfenden, Michael Fitzgerald, Prof Philip J Morgan, Jannah Jones, Dr Megan Freund, A/Prof John Wiggers

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 232-236, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, North Melbourne, Vic, C1

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HealthPathways: creating a pathway for health systems reform

Suzanne Robinson, Richard Varhol, A/Prof Colin Bell, Ms Frances Quirk, Learne Durrington

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 9-11, Australian health review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal
2014

Cost-effectiveness of reducing salt intake in the Pacific Islands: protocol for a before and after intervention study

Dr Jacqui Webster, Dr Wendy Snowdon, Prof Marj Moodie, Satu Viali, Jimaima Tunidau Schultz, A/Prof Colin Bell, Mary-Anne Land, Shauna Downs, Anthea Christoforou, Elizabeth Dunford, Federica Barzi, Prof Mark Woodward, Prof Bruce Neal

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-7, BMC Public Health, London, England, C1

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Encouraging general practitioners to complete the four-year-old Healthy Kids Check and provide healthy eating and physical activity messages

A/Prof Colin Bell, Elizabeth Campbell, J Lynn Francis, A/Prof John Wiggers

(2014), Vol. 38, pp. 253-257, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

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A randomised controlled trial of an intervention to increase the implementation of a healthy canteen policy in Australian primary schools: study protocol

Luke Wolfenden, Nicole Nathan, Christopher Williams, Tessa Delaney, Kathryn Reilly, Dr Megan Freund, Karen Gillham, Rachel Sutherland, A/Prof Colin Bell, Libby Campbell, Serene Yoong, Rebecca J. Wyse, Lisa Janssen, Sarah Preece, Melanie Asmar, A/Prof John Wiggers

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-8, Implementation science, London, England, C1-1

journal

Adoption of obesity prevention policies and practices by Australian primary schools : 2006 to 2013

N. Nathan, Luke Wolfenden, C.M. Williams, S. L. Yoong, C. Lecathelinais, A/Prof Colin Bell, R. Wyse, R. Sutherland, J. Wiggers

(2014), pp. 1-10, Health Education Research, Cary, NC, C1-1

journal
2013

Validity of a self-report survey tool measuring the nutrition and physical activity environment of primary schools

Nicole Nathan, Luke Wolfenden, Prof Philip J Morgan, A/Prof Colin Bell, Daniel Barker, A/Prof John Wiggers

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 1-7, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1-1

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Harnessing the power of advertising to prevent childhood obesity

A/Prof Colin Bell, Luke Wolfenden, Rachel Sutherland, Lucy Coggan, Kylie G. Young, Michael Fitzgerald, Rebecca Hodder, Neil Orr, Andrew Milat, A/Prof John Wiggers

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 1-10, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1-1

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Healthier choices in an Australian health service : a pre-post audit of an intervention to improve the nutritional value of foods and drinks in vending machines and food outlets

A/Prof Colin Bell, Nicole Pond, Lynda Davies, J Lynn Francis, Elizabeth Campbell, A/Prof John Wiggers

(2013), Vol. 13, pp. 1-7, BMC Health services research, London, England, C1-1

journal
2012

Process and impact evaluation of the romp & chomp obesity prevention intervention in early childhood settings : lessons learned from implementation in preschools and long day care settings

Dr Andrea Sanigorski, A/Prof Colin Bell, Dr Peter Kremer, Janet Park, Lisa Demajo, Dr Michael Smith, Sharon Sharp, Dr Melanie Nichols, Lauren Carpenter, Ms Rachel Boak, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2012), Vol. 8, pp. 205-215, Childhood obesity, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1

journal

Co-occurrence of obesogenic risk factors among adolescents

Dr Louise Hardy, Anne Grunseit, Amina Khambalia, A/Prof Colin Bell, Luke Wolfenden, Andrew Milat

(2012), Vol. 51, pp. 265-271, Journal of adolescent health, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

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Engaging parents in child obesity prevention : support preferences of parents

Luke Wolfenden, A/Prof Colin Bell, A/Prof John Wiggers, Michelle Butler, Erica L James, Kelly Chipperfield

(2012), Vol. 48, pp. E4-E6, Journal of paediatrics and child health, Chichester, England, C1-1

journal
2011

Reduction in overweight and obesity from a 3-year community-based intervention in Australia : the It’s Your Move! project

Dr Andrea Sanigorski, Jennifer Utter, A/Prof Colin Bell, Prof Graham Roberts

(2011), Vol. 12, pp. 20-28, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

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Obesity prevention in the family day care setting : impact of the romp & chomp intervention on opportunities for children's physical activity and healthy eating

D. Elea, A/Prof Colin Bell, Lauren Carpenter, Dr Michael Smith, Sharon Sharp

(2011), Vol. 37, pp. 385-393, Child : care, health and development, Oxford, England, C1

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Physical activity policies and practices of childcare centres in Australia

Luke Wolfenden, Melinda Neve, Louise Farrell, Christophe Lecathelinais, A/Prof Colin Bell, Andrew Milat, A/Prof John Wiggers, Rachel Sutherland

(2011), Vol. 47, pp. 73-76, Journal of paediatrics and child health, Chichester, England, C1-1

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Vegetable and fruit breaks in Australian primary schools : prevalence, attitudes, barriers and implementation strategies

Nicole Nathan, Luke Wolfenden, Michelle Butler, A/Prof Colin Bell, Rebecca J. Wyse, Elizabeth Campbell, Andrew Milat, A/Prof John Wiggers

(2011), Vol. 26, pp. 722-731, Health education research, Cary, N. C., C1-1

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Prevalence and socio-demographic associations of overweight and obesity among children attending child-care services in rural and regional Australia

Luke Wolfenden, Dr Louise Hardy, A/Prof John Wiggers, Andrew Milat, A/Prof Colin Bell, Rachel Sutherland

(2011), Vol. 68, pp. 15-20, Nutrition and dietetics, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal
2010

Community capacity building

A/Prof Colin Bell, Eva Elliott, Ms Annie Simmons

(2010), pp. 232-242, Preventing childhood obesity : evidence, policy and practice, Chichester, England, B1

chapter

How useful are systematic reviews of child obesity interventions?

Luke Wolfenden, A/Prof John Wiggers, Edouard Tursan-d`Espaignet, A/Prof Colin Bell

(2010), Vol. 11, pp. 159-165, Obesity reviews, Chichester, England, C1-1

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Addressing the burden of obesity among disadvantaged families

Luke Wolfenden, Maryann Falkiner, A/Prof Colin Bell

(2010), pp. 11-20, Developing practice : the child youth and family work journal, Sydney, N. S. W., C1-1

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Advice on healthy eating and physical activity where it is needed most : empowering home-visiting human services to provide the right information at the right time to vulnerable families

Maryann Falkiner, Luke Wolfenden, Nicole Nathan, J Lynn Francis, Shelley Rowe, A/Prof Colin Bell

(2010), pp. 29-41, Developing practice : the child youth and family work journal, Sydney, N. S. W., C1-1

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Obesity prevention and human service organisations : a survey of managers

Maryann Falkiner, Luke Wolfenden, A/Prof Colin Bell, Nicole Nathan

(2010), pp. 21-28, Developing practice : the child youth and family work journal, Sydney, N. S. W., C1-1

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Reducing obesity in early childhood : results from romp & chomp, an Australian community-wide intervention program

Dr Andrea Sanigorski, A/Prof Colin Bell, Dr Peter Kremer, Dr Melanie Nichols, Maree Crellin, Dr Michael Smith, Sharon Sharp, Miss Florentine Martino, Lauren Carpenter, Ms Rachel Boak, Ms Narelle Robertson, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2010), Vol. 91, pp. 831-840, American journal of clinical nutrition, Bethesda, Md., C1

journal
2009

Assessing the intake of obesity-related foods and beverages in young children: comparison of a simple population survey with 24 hr-recall

Cheryl-Ann Bennett, Dr Andrea Sanigorski, Dr Melanie Nichols, A/Prof Colin Bell, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 1-6, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

journal

Creating community action plans for obesity prevention using the ANGELO (Analysis Grid for Elements Linked to Obesity) framework

Ms Annie Simmons, Dr Helen Mavoa, A/Prof Colin Bell, A/Prof Maximillian de Courten, David Schaaf, Jimaima Tunidau Schultz, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2009), Vol. 24, pp. 311-324, Health promotion international, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Developing an active play resource for a range of Australian early childhood settings : formative findings and recommendations

Annaliese Reithmuller, Kim McKeen, A/Prof Anthony Okely, A/Prof Colin Bell, Dr Andrea De Silva-Sanigorski

(2009), Vol. 34, pp. 43-52, Australasian journal of early childhood, Canberra, A. C. T., C1-1

journal
2008

Reducing unhealthy weight gain in children through community capacity−building: results of a quasi−experimental intervention program, Be Active Eat Well

Dr Andrea Sanigorski, A/Prof Colin Bell, Dr Peter Kremer, R Cuttler, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2008), Vol. 32, pp. 1060-1067, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1

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Preventing childhood obesity : the sentinel site for obesity prevention in Victoria, Australia

A/Prof Colin Bell, Ms Annie Simmons, Dr Andrea Sanigorski, Dr Peter Kremer, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2008), Vol. 23, pp. 328-336, Health promotion international, Oxford, England, C1

journal
2007

Association between the family environment and television viewing in Australian children

van Zutphen Moniek, A/Prof Colin Bell, Dr Peter Kremer, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2007), Vol. 43, pp. 458-463, Journal of paediatrics and child health, Oxford, England, C1

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Association of key foods and beverages with obesity in Australian schoolchildren

Dr Andrea Sanigorski, A/Prof Colin Bell, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2007), Vol. 10, pp. 152-157, Public health nutrition, London, England, C1

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High childhood obesity in an Australian population

Dr Andrea Sanigorski, A/Prof Colin Bell, Dr Peter Kremer, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2007), Vol. 15, pp. 1908-1912, Obesity, Cambridge, Mass.., C1

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Obesity prevention programs demand high-quality evaluations

Prof Boyd Swinburn, A/Prof Colin Bell, Lesley King, Dr Anthea Magarey, Kerry S O`Brien, Prof Elizabeth Waters

(2007), Vol. 31, pp. 305-307, Australian and new zealand journal of public health, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Obesity prevention

Prof Boyd Swinburn, A/Prof Colin Bell

(2007), pp. 201-222, Public health nutrition : from principles to practice, Crows Nest, N.S.W., B1-1

chapter

Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, ethnicity, and blood pressure in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

A/Prof Robert Scragg, MaryFran Sowers, A/Prof Colin Bell

(2007), Vol. 20, pp. 713-719, American journal of hypertension, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal
2006

Overweight and obesity prevalence in children based on 6- or 12- month IOTF cut-points: does interval size matter?

Dr Peter Kremer, A/Prof Colin Bell, Dr Andrea Sanigorski, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2006), Vol. 30, pp. 603-605, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1

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Calibration and reliability of a school food checklist: a new tool for assessing school food and beverage consumption

Dr Peter Kremer, A/Prof Colin Bell, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2006), Vol. 15, pp. 465-473, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, Melbourne, Vic, C1

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Active transport to work in Australia: is it all downhill from here?

A/Prof Colin Bell, Dr Jan Garrard, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2006), Vol. 18, pp. 62-68, Asia-Pacific journal of public health, Hong Kong, C1

journal
2005

A comprehensive approach to obesity prevention

Prof Boyd Swinburn, A/Prof Colin Bell

(2005), pp. 456-471, Clinical obesity in adults and children, Oxford, England, B1-1

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Behavioural and psychosocial consequences of overweight and obesity among grade 5 and 6 school children : potential barriers to physical activity

Dr Peter Kremer, A/Prof Colin Bell, Dr Andrea Sanigorski, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2005), pp. -, ISSP 2005 : Proceedings of the International Society of Sport Psychology 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1

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Lunchbox contents of Australian school children: room for improvement

Dr Andrea Sanigorski, A/Prof Colin Bell, Dr Peter Kremer, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2005), Vol. 59, pp. 1310-1316, European journal of clinical nutrition, London, England, C1

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Contribution of 'noncore' foods and beverages to the energy intake and weight status of Australian children

A/Prof Colin Bell, Dr Peter Kremer, Dr Anthea Magarey, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2005), Vol. 59, pp. 639-645, European journal of clinical nutrition, Southampton, England, C1

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Community-based approaches to prevent obesity

A/Prof Colin Bell

(2005), pp. 448-467, Food, Diet and Obesity, Cambridge, England, B1

chapter
2004

Making it easier for school children to be active and eat well

A/Prof Colin Bell, Tim R. Bryar

(2004), Vol. 4, pp. 32-35, Health education Australia, Hindmarsh, S. Aust., C1

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Understanding the role of mediating risk factors and proxy effects in the association between socio-economc status and untreated hypertension

A/Prof Colin Bell, Linda S Adair, Barry M. Popkin

(2004), Vol. 59, pp. 275-283, Social science & medicine, Oxford, England, C1

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What are the key food groups to target for preventing obesity and improving nutrition in schools

A/Prof Colin Bell, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2004), Vol. 58, pp. 258-263, European journal of clinical nutrition, London, England, C1

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Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, diabetes, and ethnicity in the third national health and nutrition examination survey

A/Prof Robert Scragg, Mary Fran Sowers, A/Prof Colin Bell

(2004), Vol. 27, pp. 2813-2818, Diabetes care, Alexandria, Va., C1

journal
2003

Overweight and obesity in children from Shenzhen, Peoples Republic of China

Li Hui, A/Prof Colin Bell

(2003), Vol. 9, pp. 371-376, Health & place, London, England, C1

journal
2002

The road to obesity or the path to prevention: motorized transportation and obesity in China

A/Prof Colin Bell, Keyou Ge, Barry M. Popkin

(2002), Vol. 10, pp. 277-283, Obesity research, Hoboken, N. J., C1-1

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Ethnic differences in the association between body mass index and hypertension

A/Prof Colin Bell, Linda S Adair, Barry M. Popkin

(2002), Vol. 155, pp. 346-353, American journal of epidemiology, Cary, NC, C1-1

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2001

Heart disease and diabetes risk factors in Pacific Island communities and associations with measures of body fat

A/Prof Colin Bell, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof David Simmons, W Wang, H Amosa, B Gatland

(2001), Vol. 114, pp. 208-213, New Zealand medical journal, Wellington, N. Z., C1-1

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A nutrition and exercise intervention program for controlling weight in Samoan communities in New Zealand

A/Prof Colin Bell, Prof Boyd Swinburn, H Amosa, A/Prof Robert Scragg

(2001), Vol. 25, pp. 920-927, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1-1

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Weight gain and its predictors in Chinese adults

A/Prof Colin Bell, Keyou Ge, Barry M. Popkin

(2001), Vol. 25, pp. 1079-1086, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1-1

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1999

Measuring the dietary intake of Samoans living in New Zealand: comparison of a food frequency questionnaire and a 7-day diet record

A/Prof Colin Bell, Prof Boyd Swinburn, H Amosa, A/Prof Robert Scragg, Susan J Sharpe

(1999), Vol. 8, pp. 149-154, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

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The impact of modernisation on the diets of adults aged 20-40 years from Samoan church communities in Auckland

A/Prof Colin Bell, Prof Boyd Swinburn, H Amosa, A/Prof Robert Scragg, Susan J Sharpe

(1999), Vol. 11, pp. 4-9, Asia-Pacific journal of public health, Thousand Oaks. Calif., C1-1

journal
1997

The Ola Fa’autauta project: the process of developing a church-based health programme

Prof Boyd Swinburn, H Amosa, A/Prof Colin Bell

(1997), Vol. 4, pp. 20-25, Pacific health dialog, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, C1-1

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Nutrition knowledge and practices of Samoans in Auckland

A/Prof Colin Bell, H Amosa, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(1997), Vol. 4, pp. 26-32, Pacific health dialog, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, C1-1

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Body size of New Zealand Pacific Islands children and teenagers

Jordan S Salesa, A/Prof Colin Bell, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(1997), Vol. 110, pp. 227-229, New Zealand medical journal, Wellington, N. Z., C1-1

journal
1996

Ethnic differences and recent trends in coronary heart disease incidence in New Zealand

A/Prof Colin Bell, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Alistair Jose Stewart, Rodney T Jackson, Colin Tukuitonga, david Tipene-Leach

(1996), Vol. 109, pp. 66-68, New Zealand medical journal, Wellington, N. Z., C1-1

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Nutrient intakes of Tongan and Tokelauan children living in New Zealand

A/Prof Colin Bell, Winsome Ruth Parnell

(1996), Vol. 109, pp. 435-438, New Zealand medical journal, Wellington, N. Z., C1-1

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