Promoting healthy eating and physical activity in early learning services

The Heart Foundation offers a range of free, curriculum-aligned programmes, initiatives and resources to help early learning services achieve their goals around nutrition and physical activity.

All programmes are designed to fit into your current learning environment and you'll get recognition for supporting the health of young New Zealanders.  Choose from our range of programmes, tools and resources below to help you start your journey towards a healthier environment in your service. You can even use our resources to engage your parents, whānau and the wider community!

Free programmes, tools and resources

Fresh Made is a tool to help you improve food and nutrition in your early learning service. You can start making a difference today! If you are a teacher, owner, manager or cook and would like to see some changes in the food and drinks available at your early learning service, here's how to get started:

Visit Fresh Made resources

Healthy Heart Award (Tohu Manawa Ora- Kōhungahunga)  is a Te Whāriki aligned programme to help you promote healthy eating and physical activity in your early learning service.

Our local team will support you to make sustainable changes to your environment and establish healthy habits for children today, and for their future. 

Sign up for the Healthy Heart Award programme and you'll benefit from:

  • Free resources and workshops for teachers, cooks and parents 
  • Recognition of your heart healthy changes. 

“Whānau from early learning services with the Healthy Heart Award are almost twice as likely to learn more about healthy eating”.

Visit the Learn by Heart website for more information.

Start your journey  now

If you would like to promote healthy eating habits in your service then 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 kids to adopt healthier habits around healthy eating (e.g. lunchboxes, centre menus) and physical activity. 

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