Good nutrition and healthy eating practices in childhood are important in shaping lifelong behaviours. We also know that nutritious, balanced food improves children’s learning and behaviour. This Community and Public Health Healthy Events and Fundraisers Guide is designed to help school and event organisers maintain a positive food and drink environment that gives consistent, accurate messages about food and drinks.
Teaching and encouraging healthy eating is a compulsory part of the school curriculum. Schools can undermine these classroom messages by having unhealthy food in canteens or tuck shops, by giving children sweets as classroom rewards, or selling them as fundraisers. Parents Voice shows you what you can do if you are unhappy with the food available at your child’s school.
Sponsorship of school activities, such as sporting events, curriculum activities or extra-curricula activities, may conflict with your school’s healthy eating messages.
Parents Voice advices on what sponsorship contracts schools could consider and what you can do if you have concerns about sponsorship at your school.
Healthy Futures FREE templates to help you to initiate healthy change in your community.
"The state school my boys attend implemented a Healthy Food Policy (HFP) to take effect at the beginning of Term 3, 2014. YES, this was my moment. Everybody has their soapbox issue. Mine is healthy food for children."
Healthy Food Guide writer Judith Yeabsley shares her story on how she campaigned to improve the food environment at her children's school.
"Walking, cycling and scooting to school offer children many benefits. Improved independence, physical and mental health, decision making, risk assessment and road safety skills, to name a few."
Greater Wellington Regional Council provide tools and resources for schools to promote safe and active travel.
Heart Foundation resources about physical activity and the Healthy Heart Award.
Guidelines and resources from the NZDA Wellington branch. The current aim is to reduce access to sugar sweetened beverages and junk food in council owned areas, schools and hospitals.