A pregnant woman

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

mother meeting baby for the first time

Sleep is as important as
nutrition and physical activity
in warding off obesity in children


A review of more than 40 studies shows that children who get less than the recommended amount of sleep for their age are at a higher risk of developing obesity.


Researchers have found that children and adolescents who regularly sleep less than others of the same age gain more weight when they grow older and are more likely to become overweight or obese.


The paper's authors stress that while healthy eating and exercise are important, this study demonstrates that getting enough sleep is equally important.


They suggest that educational programmes could be used to empower parents and children to maximise their sleep quantity.

 

Find out more about this study 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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