Promoting healthy lifestyles?
Research has shown that poor nutrition can be associated with lower academic achievement and poor school attendance. Teachers report improvements in attendance, attention, behaviour, and levels of concentration in schools and early childhood education services where healthy eating has become accepted practice.
The Ministry of Education has developed resources in consultation with the Ministry of Health to assist schools and early childhood education services in this area.
Becoming a water only school
We encourage all schools to become water only. This means making sure that water (and plain reduced fat milk) is the only drink in your school. Schools that have moved to being water only have seen that it benefits teaching and learning as well as student health and wellbeing.
- Go to the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) for clear and easy to understand infographics showing the amount of sugar in drinks (external link) as well as promoting water or low fat milk as the best drink.
- Use these templates for formulating your own water only policy to share with parents and caregivers:
template for formulating your own water only policy [DOCX, 202 KB]
Maori medium template for formulating your own water only policy [DOCX, 53 KB]
'Food and Nutrition for Healthy Confident Kids’ guidelines
These guidelines are designed to help early childhood education services, schools, and their communities develop environments that support healthy eating. They cover developing policies and procedures about food and drinks provided on site and promoting consistent messages about healthy eating.
Go to the Food and nutrition for healthy confident kids guidelines (external link) on TKI website
Food and Beverage Classification System (FBCS)
The Ministry of Health’s Food and Beverage Classification System is designed as a practical tool to support early childhood education services and schools in implementing the Ministry of Education’s guidelines Food and Nutrition for Healthy, Confident Kids. The FBCS identifies recommended options for early childhood education services and schools wishing to provide, sell or promote healthy food and drink. Find out more about the FBCS on the Ministry of Health website (external link) .
Also available at TKI website (external link) - case studies from schools around New Zealand successfully working to improve nutrition, physical activity levels and general wellbeing.
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