We give you a list of websites covering some great options for walking and hiking around the Wellington region.
Do you have an activity or exercise goal that you would like to achieve and share with others? Through Healthy Steps we give you the tools to champion your own group in your community.
"The ‘Food of the Week’ programme will have children cheering for broccoli, requesting a healthy lunch and telling you who grew your carrot."
- What's for Lunch? founder
This booklet from the Ministry of Health and Health Promotion Agency gives advice for parents, whānau and caregivers on the types of food children need to eat to be healthy. It also describes how children can be active in everyday life.
Why is sleep important? How much sleep does my child need? How can I improve my child's sleep? These questions are answered in 'Sleep tips for young children' from the Ministry of Health.
Is your child overweight or obese and inactive? Do you worry about their health? Consider joining Green Prescription (GRx) Active Families. It's free!
Movement is important from birth. Help your infant or toddler to be active, and they will learn and develop quickly. Sensory exploration, play and movement are how your child makes sense of the world. Help them out by giving them lots of opportunities to play and move. This Sport New Zealand publication gives us information on activities for under 5s.
The Health Promotion Agency brings us lots of fun ideas to keep your family active. From playgrounds and parks, games, walks and the location of swimming pools.
Being active will help your child achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Being active has many other health benefits and can be fun for the whole family. This Ministry of Health information gives us tips to help 2-5 year olds be more active. Health Navigator NZ gives us ideas for active play for under-5s.
Weight is a sensitive issue, even for small children. It is important your child does not feel they are being punished. The best way to do this is for the whole family/whānau to eat the same meals. It’s easier to eat healthy meals and snacks if healthier foods are in your house. The Ministry of Health gives us some healthy eating tips for 2-5 year olds.
Whether you've been rushing about all day, heading to your child's school picnic or simply feel like a night off cooking - there are occasions that call for an instant 'no fuss' family dinner. Instead of swinging by your local fish and chip shop, consider your local supermarket - you'll have an easy, nourishing family meal in your hot little hands faster than your local chippie can say 'order up'! This Community Public Health flyer gives you lots of ideas for speedy 'takeaway' meals from your local supermarket.
In order to bring quick, easy and tasty dinners to even more New Zealanders, the My Food Bag family have created Bargain Box so that even more Kiwi’s can enjoy the goodness. For more details on how Bargain Box works, click here.
The Heart Foundation wants healthy food, drink and activity in schools. The Heart Foundation infographic highlights health statistics related to children and schools in New Zealand and explains how the Heart Foundation can work with your school.
Consuming healthy foods and drinks every day not only improves students’ overall health but can also improve their concentration, behaviour and opportunity to learn. Fuel 4 Life: Schools gives you guidance on how to encourage healthy eating habits in your school.
Fuelled4life Fresh Made supports food suppliers and school canteens to make the food from lunch order programmes healthier. Find out how.
Why not try a healthy non-food alternative next time you want to reward your children? Here are some ideas.
When we give children treats or rewards, they are often food related, such as lollies, chocolate, ice cream or their favourite takeaway. If you want to control your child’s weight gain then it is better to provide non-food-related rewards. Encourage family and whānau to do the same as well. Canterbury District Health Board gives us some treats and reward ideas.
You've been told your child is overweight. What now? Health Info provides guidelines to help you to support and manage your child's weight.
How do I know if my child is overweight? How does weight affect health? How can I help my child achieve a more healthy weight? Kids Health answers your questions.
LiveLighter provides this information for parents to help you determine if your child is overweight.