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Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today announced that the NZ Transport Agency will provide $23 million over the next three years to expand the Bikes in Schools and cycle skills education to get mor…
Tags: Cycling, active transport
A range of posters, table talkers, infographics and stickers developed by the Health Promotion Agency to promote water as the best choice.
Tags: Drinks, Poster, Resources, Schools, Water
This working paper provides a framework for designing, developing and implementing food policies/programmes in New Zealand schools (2013).
Tags: Policy, Programme, Schools
These Sport NZ brochures provide a variety of fun activities to get under fives moving and developing fundamental movement skills. These are also available in te reo Māori.
Tags: Early Childhood, Māori
This factsheet includes two sources of data on active transport to school. Data are firstly presented on specific transport modes used by 5–12-year-olds to get to school, from the New Zealand Household Travel Surve…
Tags: Cycling, Early Childhood, Walking, active transport, physical activity
This toolkit from Greater Wellington Regional Council is packed with ‘how to’ guides for safe and active travel initiatives in your school community (2016).
Tags: Cycling, Walking
The Health Promotion Agency have developed a range of banners for newsletters and social media that promote drinking water, eating breakfast and healthy snacks.
Tags: Breakfast, Snacks, Social Marketing, Water
The Ministry of Education has developed resources in consultation with the Ministry of Health to assist schools and early childhood education services in promoting healthy lifestyles.
Tags: Early Childhood, Schools, Water
A Counties Manukau DHB guideline in best practice for establishing breakfast clubs in schools.
Tags: Breakfast, Guideline, Schools
The Bike On New Zealand Charitable Trust are helping schools implement the Bikes in Schools package. They aim to help more New Zealanders to experience the many joys and benefits of riding a bike (2015).
Tags: Cycling, Schools
The Government, in its 2020 Budget announced on Thursday, promised to spend $220 million on the free school lunch programme, feeding an additional 200,000 children and creating an estimated 2000 jobs. The school lu…
Tags: children, lunches, school
The Canteen Network was developed in Canterbury to support canteens trying to make healthy changes to their menus (2012).
Tags: Menu Planning, Schools
A catering guide for early childhood education service menus by Fresh Made.
Tags: Early Childhood, Menu Planning
A catering guide for school canteens by Fresh Made.
Tags: Menu Planning, Schools
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is an independent charity whose goal is to end child poverty in New Zealand. Together, our network of experts and allies research the causes and consequences of child poverty, and…
Tags: advocacy, children, poverty
Children need the right fuel to run and jump and play but also, to think, says Dr Kirsty Fairbairn. We all want our children to do well in life. We want them to be happy, have self-belief and have a passion to lear…
Tags: children, school, sports
A better way to host a sausage sizzle fundraiser
Tags: Early Childhood, Fundraising, Schools, Sports Clubs
A vegetables.co.nz report on cooking literacy and the role of the school curriculum (2016).
Tags: Cooking Skills, Curriculum, Schools
Education Review Office ( ERO): Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity in NZ Schools and Early Learni…
ERO effective practice report” Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity in NZ Schools and Early Learning Services”. ERO found that most schools and services were doing a good job of equipping young people with the kno…
Tags: Early Childhood, Schools, Youth
These guidelines support healthy eating environments in early childhood education services and schools. They are produced by the Ministry of Education and are supported by the Ministry of Health.
Tags: Early Childhood, Schools
Sport NZ is doubling the reach of its Play.sport pilot by adding 40 new primary and intermediate schools in Waikato and Southland in partnership with regional sports trusts Sport Waikato and Sport Southland. “We wa…
Tags: Schools, Sport, physical activity
The Fresh Made team have some great resources available. Fresh Made is a Heart Foundation service that helps food suppliers, school canteens and early learning services make their food healthier for students.
Tags: Early Childhood, Resources, Schools, recipes
Packaging healthier food items in a more attractive way for school canteens. We understand that you are time poor and students are after food items that are less messy, easy to carry and that they are able to eat o…
Tags: Menu Planning, Resources, Schools
The Garden to Table programme is designed to change the way children approach and think about food (2014).
Tags: Fruit & Vegetables, Gardening, Schools
The Heart Foundation has a wonderful resource providing helpful tips on healthy fundraising ideas for schools. These are great alternatives to less healthy options. While this resource is made for schools it is al…
Tags: Fundraising, Resources, Schools, Sports Clubs
This report is part of the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study and was prepared by the University of Auckland. It focuses on the children from the study as they get ready to start school. The biggest shift…
Tags: Early Childhood, childhood
This guide developed by the Health Promotion Agency gives practical ideas to help your school become a water and plain milk only school.
Tags: Drinks, Schools, Water
A range of physical activity health education resources for children and adults brought to you by the Health Promotion Agency and the Ministry of Health.
Tags: Families, Guideline, Resources
Dr Heidi Leeson has conducted an external evaluation of Health promoting schools (HPS). After crunching through a great deal of data, she concluded effective involvement in HPS can explain: 60% of the increases in…
Celebrations are valued by early learning services as an opportunity to bring together children, families and the wider community. Check that when your celebration involves food, there are healthy options available…
Tags: celebrations, early childcare, party food
This resource from Bay of Plenty DHB provides a range of tips for running community based cooking skills workshops.
Tags: Cooking Skills
This guide by Canterbury DHB gives information, sample policies and tips for running healthy events, fundraising and school canteens.
Tags: Fundraising, Schools
These factsheets are regularly produced by Community and Public Health staff on a variety of topics for parents and teachers with primary school children.
Tags: Breakfast, Schools, Snacks
These factsheets are regularly produced by Community and Public Health staff and give information and healthy tips for students, parents and teachers.
Tags: Schools, Snacks, Youth
Insights from talking to whānau, kaiako, and stakeholders on how the Healthy Heart Award can better serve tamariki and whānau Māori. This report explores the ﬁndings of a rapid social innovation project commission…
Tags: Families, children, healthy eating
Jesse Mulligan from the Project challenges all schools to go water only. Watch here
Jasmin Jackson, nutrition advisor for the Heart Foundation based in Rotorua, shares her enthusiasm for improving both learning and health outcomes for children in Rotorua. The Heart Foundation has been supporting s…
Tags: Food Security, Schools
Kids’ Choice is a menu endorsement programme run by the Heart Foundation for food services that offer healthier choices to children. Recipes on children’s menus that meet our criteria will be eligible to have the…
Tags: Cooking Skills, Early Childhood, Menu Planning, Youth, childhood
Vegetables.co.nz and the Heart Foundation recently partnered with the Massey University Dietetic programme, to investigate the current food programmes being run in New Zealand schools. The purpose of this study was…
Tags: Cooking Skills, Families, Fruit & Vegetables, Schools, Snacks
This resource from the Heart Foundation gives a range of tips and ideas for a healthy lunchbox. Its available in a range of languages.
Tags: Asian, Māori, Pacific, Schools
New Activity Book – Bright Ideas for Young Minds, Book Review Published November 2017 by Mary Egan Publishing RRP$ 39.95 This is a beautiful, large, hard cover book that has plenty of eye-catching photos which make…
Tags: Early Childhood, Youth, book
The Heart Foundation have developed a range of newsletter snippets.
Tags: Early Childhood, Poster, Snacks, Water
Community and Public Health West Coast developed this resource for parents of toddlers and young children. “This booklet is designed to help parents with all things nutrition for their little one, to set them up fo…
Tags: Schools, education
A range of Health Promotion Agency resources that promote drinking water, eating breakfast and healthy snacks for schools.
Tags: Breakfast, Resources, Schools, Snacks, Water
Community and Public Health have developed a range of nutrition tips to include in school newsletters.
A collaborative project between Sport Taranaki, Taranaki DHB and Tui Ora working with Taranaki early childhood services to equip educators to spread healthy eating and physical activity messages in communities (201…
Tags: Early Childhood
For the first time since Nor Western Cook Islands Early Childhood Centre in Ranui opened, children are learning new ways to be active and revitalising their culture at the same time. West Auckland’s only Cook Islan…
Tags: Early Childhood, Pacific
The Sport NZ Physical Literacy Approach document takes a holistic view of the participant that considers their physical; social and emotional; cognitive; and spiritual needs.
Use this Player of the Day certificate by HPA to acknowledge excellence in junior sports.
Tags: Schools, Water
Project Energize is a programme that aims to increase children’s physical activity levels, improve their nutritional status and ultimately their overall health. The programme began at Sport Waikato in 2005, funded…
It is known that primary school children eat approximately one-third of their daily food intake at school, but is it healthy food? Year 5 students at a West Auckland primary school think so, and came up with a heal…
Tags: Schools, Snacks, children
Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) Health Promoter, Jill Nicholls, has been working with schools and dairies in Bell Block to reduce the sugar consumption of Taranaki kids. ‘We are very excited to be the first i…
Tags: Schools, Sugar, children
Book Review – Safe Food – Fourth edition, 2019 by Pip Duncan Safe Food continues to provide sound food safety advice to students and foodservice workers in hospitality or residential catering situations. First publ…
Tags: food hygiene
This sample school nutrition policy has been developed by the Heart Foundation.
Tags: Policy, Schools
This literature review by Community and Public Health investigated the outcomes of free school breakfast provision to adolescents (aged 11-18) (2014).
Tags: Breakfast, Schools, Youth
This infographic poster by the Health Promotion Agency shows the amount of sugar in drinks commonly consumed by school-aged children.
Tags: Drinks, Poster, Schools, Sugar
University of Auckland media release, 30 August 2017 A new study has found that short bursts of intensive exercise boosts children’s brain power and has benefits for children with learning difficulties or condition…
Tags: children, physical activity
Sport Wellington works with Early Childhood Education Centres to help increase the number of children participating in targeted fundamental movement skills programmes (2013).
Tags: Early Childhood
Three young men share their experience of studying food and nutrition at school Luke Elliott, Josef McDonell and Aaron Donohue studied Level 3 Food and Nutrition (previous known as Home Economics). They were lucky…
Tags: Nutrition, food, home economics, students
In this paper, the current limitations of using BMI categories to essentially diagnose obesity are examined, recent research is discussed which calls into question the very idea of telling parents their child is ob…
Tags: BMI, children, healthy families
Poster for The Energize way:working in the education setting to “eat healthy, be active, have fun”
Tags: Early Childhood, Schools, physical activity
In this article, experts share 24 recommendations to reverse the national decline in walking to school.
Tags: Walking, school, walking school bus
Growing Up in New Zealand has released its latest study report, Transition to school. This is the study’s eighth report and summarises findings from Growing Up’s 72 Month Data Collection Wave. Study Director, Assoc…
This work from CEDAR describes seasonal variation in physical activity, exploring related behaviours, and investigating strategies to help children maintain their activity all year round (2016).
Tags: Early Childhood, Youth
A systematic review of has been published exploring the qualitative evidence on barriers and facilitators to physical activity and sedentary behaviour in young children (aged 0-6). The review looked at perceptions…
Tags: Early Childhood, Sitting/Sedentary Behaviour, childhood
Students and staff can grab a healthy snack or drink, following the introduction of new vending machines offering healthy food choices across Monash University campuses. In all, 35 new machines have been rolled out…
Tags: Adults, university
Cluster randomised trial of a school-community child health promotion and obesity prevention interve…
Abstract Background Multi-level, longer-term obesity prevention interventions that focus on inequalities are scarce. Fun ‘n healthy in Moreland! aimed to improve child adiposity, school policies and environments, p…
Tags: Obesity, Schools
Limited research has explored teachers’ perceptions of the role that schools can play in supporting staff members’ healthy eating and physical activity. We aimed to identify barriers to healthy eating and physical…
Tags: Schools, teachers
There is a significant gender gap in the participation rates of Higher Education students. Women in Sport partnered up with British Universities and Colleges Sport to share insights into how to engage inactive fem…
Tags: physical activity
This research examined 1271 school age children from Santiago Metropolitan Region and looked at the association between the engagement in regular physical activity and the academic performance. The findings support…
Tags: Schools, academic, physical activity
This review has provided a detailed analysis of AST interventions published in peer-reviewed journals between 2010 and 2016. Following systematic literature review procedures’ 18 AST interventions were identified…
Tags: active transport, physical activity
School-Based Intervention Programs for Preventing Obesity and Promoting Physical Activity and Fitnes…
The conclusion of this systematic review found school-based interventions can have important potential for obesity prevention and promotion of physical activity and fitness if they focus more on the content, qualit…
Tags: Obesity, Schools, physical activity