Check out our nutrition resources.

Children and young people spend more time at education settings than any other environment when away from home and consume around 1/3 of their daily energy intake whilst there.

Good nutrition can increase attendance and improve behaviour and concentration in children and young people, leading to greater opportunities to learn.

Good nutrition is fundamental for good oral health and overall wellbeing (see oral health section), and it reduces the risk of developing tooth decay and type 2 diabetes.

Education settings are one place where the ‘healthy choice can be made the easy choice’ for students and whānau.


What WAVE can do

  • Support education settings to identify priorities for healthy eating
  • Support education settings’ engagement with whānau,  in initiatives involving the whole education setting
  • Support settings to develop/review food and drink guidelines/policies and implementation
  • Provide professional development tailored to support your settings programmes, eg, water and milk-only; healthy fundraisers for PTA; other formats identified with education setting.   

Check out this video on how WAVE helped Rural Scholars Early Learning Centre with incorporating nutrition into their celebration activities.


Coming Up

Book your PTA or Home & School group in for a presentation/workshop about healthy events and fundraisers.  Contact your WAVE facilitator for information and to book a presentation.

See our Healthy Events & Fundraisers Guide for sample food and nutrition policies for events and education settings and ideas for healthy prizes, kai, and healthy fundraisers.

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Water-Only Schools Toolkit

Book in to meet with your WAVE facilitator and nutrition health promoter to review or develop your schools water and milk-only plan. Contact your WAVE Facilitator for more information.

By adopting a water-only policy, whereby water and low-fat plain milk are the only drinks available at your school, you are taking a positive step towards improving the health and wellbeing of your students.

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Case Studies

Click here to see examples from Makikihi Primary School, Ranui Kindergarten and Oceanview Heights Primary School on their Health Eating programmes and initiatives and how they engaged whānau around their health eating work.

Makikihi Healthy Eating



Useful links: - Promoting environments that foster healthy eating, Community & Public Health (Canterbury)

Education and Promotional Materials: - Heart Foundations ‘Heart Schools’ programme:  Allows schools to work through whole-school, single-class, staff-led, or wider community healthy eating initiatives.  Includes information and free access to learning materials and snippets, including how to read food labels and facts about sugar. - Healthy Heart Award for ECE. - 5+ A Day has launched a new website with lesson plans:  Includes lesson plans for Early Childhood Education, Primary, Intermediate, and Yr 9 Secondary School levels. - The Nutrition and Activity Hub: Order FREE water-only posters, newsletter snippets about breakfast, snacks, and easy recipe/meal picture tip cards. - Healthy Nibbles:  Up to date food and nutrition information for students, staff and whānau.

School lunchboxes, meal ideas, and recipes: - Healthy nibbles and lunchbox ideas - Healthy eating, movement and sleep tips for the whole family - Add plenty of vegetables to your recipes - Order vegetable ideas and meals tip card pads - Lunch recipes and tips for canteens - Community & Public Health Good Food recipes for everyone - Community & Public Health Tip Card recipes for fruit and vegetables co-ops - Download PDFs and order hard copies (free except for postage):  Full o Beans; Kids in the Kitchen; Cheap Eats; Pasifika Flavours