Healthy Heart Award Pā-Harakeke

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The top level, the gold standard, is Pā-Harakeke. This level sees you weave healthy eating and physical activity practices sustainably into all aspects of your environment as well as engaging your community. For the journey to gold, we will help you to:


Strand 1: Physical activity policy | Kaupapa here whakakori tinana

  • Develop or review physical activity policies to include daily physical activity, staff role modelling and professional development.


Strand 2: Healthy eating policy | Kaupapa here kai pai

  • Develop or review Healthy eating policies to include regular healthy eating education, staff role modelling, celebrations/events, fundraising and professional development.


Strand 3: Food provision | He toha kai

  • Develop or review lunchbox guidelines to support your parents/whanau to provide every day and sometimes options and discourage occasional foods.

  • Develop or review a 4-week cyclical menu which meets Whānau menu criteria and display it to parents.


Strand 4: Healthy eating learning and teaching Te kai hauora me te whakaako

  • Provide and record learning experiences on healthy eating, including learning outcomes and staff collaboration.


Strand 5: Physical activity learning & teaching Tea ko me te whakaakoranga tinana

  • Provide and record learning experiences on physical activity, including learning outcomes and staff collaboration.


Strand 6: Collaboration Ngātahi

  • Let your parents and whānau know you are on your Healthy Heart Award journey
  • Regular promotion of healthy eating and physical activity to whānau
  • Engage the wider community around healthy eating and physical activity.


Strand 7: Professional Development Tupu Umanga

  • Gather nutrition and physical activity resources for your team to help increase their knowledge and boost their teaching practices
  • Review or develop professional development plan to include healthy eating and physical activity
  • Attend professional development, provide a review and outline any changes made to teaching practice or environment, and future plans

Need more information? View our Healthy Heart Award Criteria 



Not the right level for you? Check out the Rito or Whānau levels