Meet the HFG TV Series team

The team of presenters on the Healthy Food Guide TV Series gives expert guidance and advice on some of New Zealand’s biggest health issues.

Claire Turnbull, Healthy Food Guide nutritionist, teaches a Kiwi family with multiple health issues how to transition from an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one.

Plus, chef Sam Campbell showcases delicious, healthy recipes the whole family will love. There’s burgers, curry, pasta, salads – whatever your meal preference, there’ll be something for you to enjoy.

Carly Flynn

Carly Flynn - Journalist and Healthy Food Guide TV Series presenter

Carly Flynn is a much-­loved New Zealand broadcaster, radio host, TV host, columnist, journalist, MC and voice-over artist, and has her own lifestyle-based website,

With 18 years’ television, radio and hosting experience, Carly has built a reputation as one of NZ’s most trusted and loved journalists and presenters.

Carly has fronted Nightline, 3 News, Sunrise, Target, Cook the Books, Get Growing, the Healthy Food Guide TV Series (2017) and among other things, is the NZ correspondent for Al Jazeera News International.

She’s a regular columnist for Palmers and Renovate Magazine, and contributes to other newspapers and magazines for her travel features and columns. She’s a sought-after MC, speaker and ambassador for key Kiwi businesses.

In 2015 Carly graduated as a yoga teacher specialising in yin yoga, which she is passionate about. She’s a busy mum to two kids, Tilly (6) and Jude (5) and will welcome a new baby in February 2017.

A highlight for 2016 was successfully launching a brand-new lifestyle show, Saturday Fresh on Radio Live 10am-­2pm Saturdays, which she both hosts and produces live weekly.

Claire Turnbull

Claire Turnbull - Healthy Food Guide nutritionist and TV Series presenter

Claire Turnbull is a qualified nutritionist and fitness trainer who has been working in the health and wellness industry for over 13 years. Her passion is to help others look and feel their very best without fad diets or giving up the foods they love.

Claire is the nutritionist for Healthy Food Guide magazine and regularly features on TV and radio as well as in print media. Claire is also the owner and director of the private nutrition practice and corporate wellness company Mission Nutrition, where she has 10 wonderful people working alongside her.

Claire is a professional speaker, has published two bestsellers with Penguin Random House, Lose Weight for Life and Feel Good for Life, and has recently released a wellness diary called It’s a Beautiful Day. See her website for more.

Outside of work, Claire loves the gym, running, yoga, travel and spending as much time as possible with her three-year-old along with friends and family.

Sam Campbell

Sam Campbell - Chef and Healthy Food Guide TV Series presenter

Sam Campbell has a passion for simple, fresh and seasonal food that brings big flavours. His interest in food started at a young age back in Taranaki, cooking and eating what was grown on the family farm.

Sam has since travelled the world, collecting inspiration from Europe, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean and South Pacific. He has worked on super yachts, creating stunning menus based on local and seasonal products available daily. Sam has been the private chef of Saudi royalty, international film directors and actors, developing an astute understanding of his clients’ distinguished palates and diet preferences. Though Sam’s cooking is internationally inspired,­ his food still carries the homegrown values instilled in him by his family.

2017 is a big year for Sam, with the opening of his first two food venues as shareholder and chef de cuisine in Christchurch. He is also balancing an Auckland-based portfolio of Britomart Country Club, Oaken and Beirut with the Britomart Hospitality Group.

2017 will also see Sam make his first television appearance as the series chef for the Healthy Food Guide TV Series. He is excited to be sharing his passion, knowledge and advice with a broad audience.

Niki Bezzant

Niki Bezzant - Healthy Food Guide Editor-at-Large and TV Series presenter

Niki Bezzant is a food and nutrition writer, columnist, media commentator and speaker. She is the editor-at-large of Healthy Food Guide, New Zealand’s top-selling food magazine. She is the author of two cookbooks, a weekly columnist for the Herald on Sunday, a regular blogger and frequent contributor to TV and radio.

Niki is a member of the council of directors for the True Heath Initiative, an international group devoted to disseminating and applying what we know for sure about health promotion and disease prevention. She is a proud ambassador for Garden to Table, a charity teaching kids to grow, cook and share good food. She is currently president of Foodwriters New Zealand, the professional body for food communicators.

The Parkinson family

Parkinson family, from The Healthy Food Guide TV Series

Meet our series family, the Parkinsons.  They might seem pretty healthy but like a lot of families, they’ve got a lot going on.

Dad Jonny’s battle with type 2 diabetes is his biggest health crisis, but it’s not his only one. Mum Nicki wants a beach-babe body… but has hit a weight-loss slump.  Nicki’s brother Tamati is turning into a teenage couch potato… and doesn’t know how to change.  Jonny, Nicki and Tamati have the biggest issues so we will be concentrating on them.

But there’s also young Indy and Lincoln, whose food allergies create curve balls for family meals and French exchange student Jules, who might be rugby fit, but his nutrition knowledge is almost nil!

Join us as star nutritionist Claire Turnbull challenges the Parkinson family to get real by transforming their health in just five months.

First published: May 2017

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