Healthy Futures recommends that schools:
- have physical education, physical activity and nutrition policies that ensure a healthy environment
- ensure canteens provide healthy food and drinks
- ensure that commercial school lunch providers do not provide 'free' juices or cookies with lunch orders
- consider what is being sold in school fundraisers and choose non-food options
- do not give food or sweets as a 'reward' at school
- encourage parents to bring fruit or non food treats if they wish to celebrate birthdays at school
- ensure that vending machines offer healthy options
- offer only healthy beverages - water and plain milk
- encourage increased physical activity
- limit screen time
Please contact us if you are interested in having Healthy Futures visit your school
Healthy Futures and Garden to Table
Healthy Futures works with low-decile Garden to Table schools in the Wellington region. We provide funding to support these schools to set up and embed the Garden to Table programme. This programme encourages children to get their hands dirty and learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food. Our financial support continues throughout the schools' first three years of running the Garden to Table programme.
Healthy Futures funding assists Garden to Table schools to purchase equipment and resources such as gardening tools, kitchen equipment and pantry staples, worm farms, compost systems, greenhouses and irrigation systems.
If you are interested in establishing the Garden to Table programme in your school, please contact the Wellington Garden to Table Area Coordinator.