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

Need help with improving lunchboxes or the food and drinks sold in the tuck shop?

Like some support in developing a nutrition policy, or engaging parents, whānau and the wider community to support healthy eating and physical activity at school?

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

What do we offer?

To help schools achieve a healthier learning environment for students, the Heart Foundation offers three awards:

Heart Start - this programme helps schools who are looking to make some basic changes to the healthy eating and physical activity environment at their school. Schools choose five modules out of a possible eleven to complete, to fit in with their needs and workload. 

Heart Start Excellence - this programme is for schools who want to build on the work they are already doing to improve healthy eating and physical activity in their schools, or those schools who want to excel in this area. Schools choose five modules out of a possible eleven to complete to achieve this award.

Heart Schools - 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 years 5 and 6 students. 

Why take part in our awards?

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 are the awards for?

All schools in NZ with a Ministry of Education number can register on this website and take part in our programmes. We have 17 Health Promotion Co-ordinators located throughout the country who can help support your school in completing the awards.

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 we complete the awards?

Heart Start, Heart Start Excellence and Heart Schools can all be completed on this website. Simply register your school on the website, sign up to the programme you are interested in, and upload your evidence using the links at the bottom of each module. If you need any help, please get in touch with your local Health Promotion Co-ordinator or email us using the contact tab at the top of this page. 

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