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We deliver online and workshop-based professional development training for health practitioners.

Complete our programmes and learn how nutrition and physical activity during early life, have a lifelong and intergenerational impact on the risk of developing lifestyle related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

Increase your skills and confidence in supporting clients, patients and whānau to make immediate and lasting lifestyle behaviour change.

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Pregnancy a powerful time for establishing life-long health

Pre-conception, pregnancy and the pre-school years  - ‘the first 1,000 days’ – is a crucial period in which lifestyle behaviours can have an enormous impact on lifelong, and even intergenerational health.

Nutrition and physical activity in the first 1000 days both have particular impact on the risk for both the mother and child in developing preventable diseases later in life such as:

·       Type 2 diabetes

·       Heart disease

·       Obesity

·       Some cancers 

It's becoming more and more important for maternity and child health professionals to include discussions about lifestyle behaviours in their routine practice.

Find out what this means for you in your role as a health practitioner


Why is changing health-related behaviour so difficult?

Maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviours is critical to life-long health.

In New Zealand we've seen dramatic rises in the last decade in the number of people diagnosed with lifestyle related diseases. 

We know that giving information alone does not make people change, so what is it that helps people make lasting lifestyle behaviour changes? 

Interventions around lifestyle behaviour change are often influenced by six commonly held beliefs that are actually myths! 

These myths have made the business of health-related behaviour change more difficult than it needs to be. 

6 common myths that get in the way of effecting behaviour change
(152.7 kB, PDF)

Develop skills, tools and strategies to support real change!

Make every contact count by using Healthy Conversation Skills to have more effective, empowering conversations that support lasting lifestyle behaviour change. 

Learn more here - Healthy Conversations Skills workshop


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The Healthy Start Workforce Project offers two complementary workforce development training programmes for health practitioners - funded by the Ministry of Health.

All our programmes are valid for professional development / CME points for New Zealand registered GP's, nurses, midwives and exercise professionals.  

  • Our online education programme explores the science around how and why, nutrition and physical activity in the early years has a life-long and intergenerational affect including on the risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.
  • Our Healthy Conversation Skills workshop develops practical skills, tools and strategies to support your patients/clients to make lasting lifestyle behaviour changes.
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