Tohu Manawa Ora – the Heart Foundation programme supporting early learning services

The Heart Foundation has delivered the Tohu Manawa Ora (Healthy Heart Award) in early learning services since 2002. It is an established, innovative and credible programme that helps early learning services build an environment which promotes healthy eating and physical activity.

The award emphasises the impact of early childhood nutrition and physical activity on children’s health and development, both now and in their future and is offered free of charge.  In this webinar, hear more about how the Heart Foundation has evolved the programme to meet the complex needs of children and the support offered by its team of 21 nutrition advisors across Aotearoa.


Presenter: Jo Duffy, Senior Nutrition Advisor

Jo Duffy graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Nutrition from Otago University and most recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health. Jo worked on community public health programmes for children and their families based in schools and community venues in London, United Kingdom before returning to New Zealand. Jo now works for the Heart Foundation as a Senior Nutrition Advisor and for the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago as a Research Assistant. Jo enjoys the variety of working in two different settings and finds reward in sharing successes with Early Learning Services when they implement effective changes to their eating and activity environments and practices.


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