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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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Send us your SMARTER planning and be into win!

Been to our Healthy Conversations Skills Training? Then send us your SMARTER plans to be in to win!

Send us the SMARTER plans you have been creating with clients, to be in to win one of two, $200 vouchers! (MTA, Countdown or Westfield).

You could win either:
- A $200 voucher to the person who sends in the best SMARTER plan
- A $200 voucher to the person who sends in the most SMARTER plans.

You can forward the plans to us at, info@healthystartworkforce.org.nz.

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The Healthy Start Workforce Project offers two 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 for midwives, nurses, GPs and exercise professionals.

Register for our programmes
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