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Promoting healthy eating and physical activity in schools

The Heart Foundation offers free, curriculum-aligned programmes, initiatives and resources to help schools achieve their goals around nutrition and physical activity.

Hungry kids waiting for a meal

Our programmes are designed to fit into your current learning environment. Choose from our range of tools and resources below to help you start your journey towards a healthier environment in your kura. You can even use our resources to engage your parents, whānau and the wider community!

Free programmes, tools and resources

Food for Thought uses an inquiry based learning approach to help students (years 5-6) learn how to make healthy food choices.

It’s free, fun and takes learning both inside and outside the classroom with in-class sessions as well as a visit to the local PAK'nSAVE, New World or Four Square.

It also fits into lots of different areas within the New Zealand Education Curriculum.

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Project Energize works with primary schools to help them to improve their children’s physical activity and nutrition, and ultimately to improve overall health. A team of Energizers provide practical 'hands on' support and assistance to schools and teachers with any initiatives that will increase the quality and quantity of physical activity or improve the uptake of healthy eating.

Heart Foundation delivers Project Energize in Wellington City, Porirua and Kapiti through funding by Capital & Coast District Health Board. Project Energize was developed by Sport Waikato and the Waikato District Health Board, and has been successfully running in the Waikato region for over 10 years.


For more information on Project Energize in Wellington, contact our team.

Fresh Made is a service to help you provide healthy food to children.

If you're a food supplier, school canteen or early learning cook, Fresh Made can help you provide healthier choices.

Our resources include sample menus, tips on how to make changes and ideas for recipes. We can provide tailored nutritional support for your food service.

Find out more here: Fresh Made

If you would like to promote healthy eating habits in your kura, we would love to hear from you! Drop us a line and we can provide you with some great ideas on how to encourage your tamariki to adopt healthier habits around healthy eating (e.g. lunchboxes, canteen, tuckshop) and physical activity. 


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