Why do healthy schools matter?
Early childhood centres, Kohanga Reo and schools can all play a powerful role in keeping our children healthy by creating environments that support them to eat healthy food and be physically active. Initiatives like healthy tuck shops, walking school buses, bike skills and reducing congestion around schools, so it’s safer for children to walk and cycle to school – can all help to create a healthier culture. Some studies show that healthy kids do better at school: they get better grades, attend school more often and are more likely to behave better in class.
Healthy Families Lower Hutt engages with education providers to support them in their development of healthy policies and practices through evidence based strategies. We’re working with communities, parents and teachers to promote and implement healthy eating and physical activity, so all our kids have the opportunity to reach their full potential.