Teachers report improvement in attendance, attention, behaviour, and levels of concentration in schools and early childhood education services where healthy eating has become accepted practice.
When we promote Hauora Kai/ Healthy Eating in education our goal is to promote healthy attitudes to kai/food and inu/drink, increase awareness and understanding of hauora kai, so that the bodies and brains of tamariki and rangatahi are fuelled for growth and development.
Our behaviour – what we do and what we talk about, and guidelines in education settings all encourage healthy attitudes to food and drink, healthy eating and healthy teeth (see also Oraka Niho / Oral Health section).
We need a variety of kai every day. We can sort foods into three main groups based on how they help our body.
Check out this video on how WAVE and Rural Scholars Early Learning Centre worked together to incorporate nutrition into their celebration activities.
See our Healthy Events & Fundraisers Guide for sample food and nutrition policies for events and education settings and ideas for healthy prizes, kai, and healthy fundraisers.
Book in to meet with your WAVE facilitator review or develop your schools water and milk-only plan. Contact your WAVE Facilitator for more information.
By adopting a water-only policy, whereby water and low-fat plain milk are the only drinks available at your school, you are taking a positive step towards improving the health and wellbeing of your students.
See examples from Makikihi Primary School, Ranui Kindergarten and Oceanview Heights Primary School on their Healthy Eating Programmes and initiatives and how they engaged whānau around their health eating work.
We have various toolkits, programmes and useful links that you can access to help with your investigation into Health Eating.