Promoting healthy eating and physical activity in schools

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

Changing school lunches

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 school. 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 supermarket.

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

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Fuelled4life is a tool to help you improve food and nutrition in your school.  You can start making a difference today! If you are a teacher, principal, catering manager or cook and would like to see some changes in the food and drinks available at your school, here's how to get started:

Sign up to Fuelled4life (it’s free!) and you will receive regular resources to help provide healthier options. You’ll also get the eNewsletter with tips, recipes, and information on ways to improve food and nutrition in your school.

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HEART START (Toitoi Manawa) is a curriculum aligned programme for schools looking to create healthier learning environments through positive changes to their food and physical activity settings.

Choose five modules out of a possible twelve to complete HEART START. These can fit in with the needs and workload of your school.

Our national team of Health Promotion Coordinators can support you in making these changes, and provide free, quality resources and tools to help you on your journey.

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HEART START EXCELLENCE is for schools looking to build on the work they are already doing to improve nutrition and physical activity in their school.

Choose five modules out of a possible twelve to complete HEART START EXCELLENCE. For this level of the programme, your school will need to show evidence of regular healthy eating and/or physical activity initiatives completed each term.

Our national team of Health Promotion Coordinators can support you in making these changes, and provide free, quality resources and tools to help you on your journey.

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If you’re doing a project or activity at your school that promotes healthy eating or physical activity and would like some recognition, Heart Schools could be just right for you.

Our national team of Health Promotion Coordinators can support your initiative and provide free, quality resources and tools to help you on your journey.

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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.

Contact:
For more information on Project Energize in Wellington, contact 
​Brianna Tekii, Energize Team Leader on 04 472 2780 ext 8 or email BriannaT@heartfoundation.org.nz   

After 31 years, the Heart Foundation is retiring the Jump Rope For Heart programme.

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If you would like to promote healthy eating habits in your school 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 healtheir habits around healthy eating (e.g. lunchboxes, canteen, tuckshop) and physical activity. 

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