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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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The Future is Now: Transform your Practice for the Changing Face of Disease

Join us for a one-day symposium exploring how the path for chronic disease is laid down in early life and how practitioners can support clients to make lasting lifestyle behaviour change for better health.

This unique experience will examine: 

  • The development of lifestyle disease in early life
  • The need for health practitioners to change focus in order to treat lifestyle diseases
  • The development of practical skills to support clients to make lasting lifestyle behaviour change.

This interactive forum will provide health practitioners and others with the tools to become agents of change to better support clients and patients with chronic lifestyle disorders.

The day qualifies for 6 PD hours for midwives and PD points are pending for nurses and GPs.


Find out more 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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