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Want to make some changes around healthy eating and physical activity at your school?

Need help with sustainable healthy changes to lunchboxes or the food and drinks sold in the tuck shop or canteen?

Like some support in developing a nutrition policy, or becoming a milk and water-only school?

We can help! Our range of free, curriculum-aligned programmes, activities and resources can help you achieve your needs while fitting in with your current planning.

What can we do?

To help schools positively influence student learning outcomes, the Heart Foundation supports schools who are looking to make some basic changes to their healthy eating and physical activity environment.

There are personalised options for schools who want to build on the work they are already doing to improve healthy eating and physical activity in their schools, or for those schools who want to excel in this area.

Heart Schools - designed for schools who are doing great work around a healthy eating and/or physical activity initative at their school - but dont want to commit to a programme; Heart Schools is a great option. Simply complete a SMART Questionnaire to tell us about your initiative and you are well on your way to getting a Heart Schools award.

The Heart Foundation is also proud to deliver the Food for Thought nutrition education programme to year 5 and 6 students. 

Why choose to work with us?

Your school will benefit from:

  • Quality tools and resources
  • One-on-one support from our Health Promotion Co-ordinator in your region
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Support to meet NAG I and NAG 5 requirements
  • Support to help you engage and consult with your school community, a legal requirement for schools
  • Acknowledgement from a credible organisation and potential publicity for your school
  • Our programmes are linked with the school curriculum

Who do we work with?

All schools in NZ with a Ministry of Education number can register on this website. We have 18 Nutrition Advisors located throughout the country who can help support your school nutrition needs.

What about secondary schools?

Secondary schools can use our programmes and resources to help meet achievement standards in the following areas: Health and Physical Education, Home Economics/Food and Nutrition, Science, Hospitality and Food Technology. 

Our programmes also provide student leadership opportunities - get your students to drive the programme! Students will gain valuable skills and experience in project management, food and nutrition or hospitality for future careers.

Where do you get started?

Simply register your school on the website to access the benefits. If you need any help, please get in touch with your local Nutrition Advisor or email us using the Contact us tab at the top of this page. 

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