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HEART START*

HEART START* Toitoi Manawa is a free curriculum-linked programme, partially funded by the Ministry of Health. It is offered to all schools across New Zealand. The programme fits with schools existing work and helps build a heart healthy environment.

HEART START* Toitoi Manawa

Why should I sign up to HEART START?

  • Fun, straightforward programme for your school
  • Free resources and support from Heart Foundation staff
  • Access to Heart Foundation events
  • Receive a recognised Heart Start Chart from a credible organisation
  • Positive publicity for your school
  • Assists your school to achieve NAG 1, NAG 5 (ii) & NEG 4
  • Empowers children and whanau to make lifelong healthy choices

Food for Thought Programme

Once your school is registered for Heart Start, you will also be offered the Foodstuffs Food for Thought programme for years 5 and 6.

The Food for Thought programme includes:

  • A classroom session with a nutritionist
  • A supermarket tour to teach label reading
  • A sponsored lunch, planned by the students
  • Curriculum-linked resources

Food for Thought completes four out of the five modules required to achieve your Heart Start Chart. Upon signing up to Heart Start, your school will work with a Heart Foundation Health Promotion Co-ordinator who will provide your school with the resources and support needed to complete the programme. Your school will receive a set of curriculum-linked resources to help you complete your chosen modules.

Already on your heart healthy journey? 

Your school may already be underway with an edible garden or a breakfast club. Heart Start will allow you to gain recognition for your existing work and build on these healthy changes. Your school will have 12 months to complete the programme and during that year you will have access to our fun Heart Foundation events and new resources. Your school will also have the option of completing the Food for Thought programme to complete your Heart Start chart.


Once you have completed your Heart Start Chart, this will be awarded in a special assembly which can result in positive publicity for your school.

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Next steps

Once you have signed up to the Heart Start programme, your local Health Promotion Coordinator will support you to complete the programme.

You will be provided with quality resources like the resources below:


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