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Pregnancy a powerful time 

Pre-conception, pregnancy and the early years are key periods in which healthy lifestyle choices can positively influence a mother and child's life-long health.

Good nutrition and physical activity can help to reduce the risk of both the mother and child developing diseases later in life such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Some cancers.

The great news is that healthy eating and activity choices can be simple, affordable, and achievable for all cultures and family situations.

It's becoming more and more important for maternity and child health professionals to include discussions about healthy lifestyles in their work with mothers, infants, families and whanau.


Find out more about what this means for you

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NZ earch childhood teachers
lack knowledge of basic nutrition

New Zealand research finds that early childhood educators lack basic nutrition knowledge.

Nearly 400 early childhood teachers were quizzed about their nutrition knowledge and were tested against the Ministry of Health’s Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Children (Aged 2-18years).

The research found that overall teachers’ knowledge of nutrition was lacking.  The overall score for teachers on the nutrition test was 61% correct.

The researcher says teachers’ nutritional knowledge becomes more important as more and more New Zealand pre-schoolers spend time in organised educational care.


Furthermore, most early childhood educators believe that they play a vital role in promoting pre-schoolers’ healthy eating and physical activity.


Find out more about this research here.

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The Healthy Start Workforce Project offers free workforce development programmes.


Our online education programme explores the science which shows how good nutrition and physical activity during early life can reduce health risks in adulthood.  


Our Healthy Conversation Skills workshop provides tools to enable health practitioners to better support clients to make lasting behaviour changes, especially in the area of nutrition and physical activity. 

Our programmes qualify for professional development hours midwives, nurses, GPs and exercise professionals.

Register for our programmes
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