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New resources available for food teachers

Food and nutrition/technology classes at schools around New Zealand can now access an exciting range of resources that are available online through the Heart Foundation.

Aimed at food teachers of year 7 and 8 students, the resources are the result of a collaborative project involving the Heart Foundation, and over 50 teachers from around New Zealand.

Heart Foundation Food and Nutrition Manager Dave Monro says the new downloadable resources are free and comprise a unit plan of 8-10 lessons plus supporting activities for food technology and home economics teachers to use.

Funded by the Ministry of Health and supported by the Home Economics and Technology Teachers Association NZ and New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools, each lesson includes an important food skill with a healthy recipe. Many of the activities are interactive allowing students to use digital technologies, tablets or smart devices, plus the resources can be customised to meet different teaching requirements.

Dave says he expects the resources will bring a stronger focus on students preparing a main meal which includes plenty of vegetables and taking those learnings back home to share with their families.

A series of professional development seminars are also being held throughout the country to support teachers using the resources.

Heart Foundation’s new Food Curriculum Project resource launch at Papatoetoe Intermediate School

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