Heart Start

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Heart Start Toitoi Manawa is a curriculum-aligned programme designed for schools just starting out on the healthy eating and physical activity journey. There are 11 different modules to choose from so whether you're a big urban high school or a small country primary school, you can choose the modules that best fit with the needs of your school. Secondary schools can also take part in our programmes to help meet achievement standards in Health and Physical Education, Home Economics/Food and Nutrition, Science, Hospitality and Food Technology.

To complete Heart Start, you need to choose five modules and show us how you achieved them. If you have a food-service at your school, please include 'My tuckshop rules' as one of your five modules.


  • Setting our direction - helps your school develop and implement a nutrition policy
  • *My tuckshop rules - drives healthy changes to food and drinks sold at school 
  • Fuel up for learning - helps address food insecurity at your school
  • Spread the Healthy word - promotes healthy eating / physical activity to the whole school community
  • Brain booster - students - promotes inquiry learning for students around nutrition and physical activity
  • Brain booster - staff - encourages professional development for teachers
  • Let’s get physical - increases student participation in physical activity
  • Student health team - promotes student-led initiatives 
  • Connecting with our communities - helps you engage the wider community with school-based initiatives
  • Healthy changes at our local shop - provides tools and resources to work with local food outlets to improve the food and drinks sold
  • Fuelled4life - guides healthier food and drinks at school

* Compulsory for all schools that have a canteen or lunch order system 

Taking part in the FREE Food for Thought programme (for year 5-6 students) completes three of the five modules needed to achieve Heart Start!


Download more module information


Is Heart Start the right programme for our school ?

Heart Start and Heart Start Excellence are both based around the same 11 modules as above. The only difference in the programmes is in the amount of work required to complete each module.

Here are some tools to help you decide which programme fits best with your school: 

  • Heart Start vs Heart Start Excellence - download this document to see what work is required for Heart Start vs Heart Start Excellence
  • Quiz - take our quiz to see which level is best suited to your school

How do I sign up to Heart Start?

  1. Register your school Learn by Heart
  2. Select your journey - Heart Start
  3. Click on the modules you want to complete - remember to need to complete five in total
  4. Upload your evidence to the website using the links at the bottom of each module page
  5. Celebrate your success!

 Once you have completed five modules, we will be in touch to award your school!



Not the right programme for you? Check out Heart Start Excellence or Heart Schools.