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Nutrition websites

Commercial organisations

  • 5+ A DAY
    United Fresh, New Zealand’s only pan-produce industry organisation, launched 5+ A DAY in 1994. This site offers free resources, including pamphlets full of practical tips, a scientific overview booklet, ‘Eat Your Colours’ posters in English, Māori, and Samoan, and teaching resources for primary and early childhood education. Order resources from the website, or phone 0800 507 555.
  • Healthy Food
    A private company not affiliated with any food company or political organisation, Healthy Food Media produces the monthly Healthy Food Guide. (Note: The articles can be quite useful, but the advertisements don’t necessarily support healthy eating.)
  • Horticulture New Zealand
    Good practical information about vegetables and their nutritional value for health and well-being, as well as access to free resources such as an interactive educational resource, recipes, booklets, pamphlets, and posters, which can be downloaded or ordered.
  • Beef + Lamb New Zealand
    This site’s free resources about meat and associated nutrients such as iron include posters, leaflets, tear-off pads, labels, recipe cards, and fact sheets. Some resources, such as a recipe book, are for sale.
  • Project Cook
    Wattie’s Project Cook aims to get kids cooking in a fun and interactive way that involves activities in the classroom and at home. The teaching resources, aimed at students in years 7 and 8, are free and include recipes and information about ingredients and nutrition.

Health-promoting agencies

  • Agencies for Nutrition Action
    Designed for people who work in roles that promote nutrition and physical activity, this site has information about new resources, programmes, and research, plus links to other useful resources (free or available for sale) produced by other agencies.
  • Allergy New Zealand
    This site has a 10-point guide for students with severe allergies who are enrolled in pre-school or school. You can request a free copy of the Allergy Education Guide for Schools and ECE, or buy an education kit.
  • The New Zealand Food Composition Database
    The New Zealand Food Composition Database lists the nutrient content of more than 2600 foods that are commonly prepared and eaten in New Zealand. It is maintained in partnership with the Ministry of Health and can be downloaded in summary form. The site also lists food and nutrition publications that are available for purchase.
  • Diabetes New Zealand
    General advice on food and nutrition and, specifically, the prevention and management of diabetes. The site has useful pages and resources with broad application, such as a guide to supermarket shopping.
  • New Zealand Heart Foundation
    Healthy-eating posters, pamphlets, and other resources, many of them free. Schools can register for the School Food Programme, which provides resources, guidance, and support to develop a school environment that encourages healthy eating. The site has guidelines for policy development, healthy canteens, nutrition education in the classroom, and promoting community health. It incorporates New Zealand Curriculum achievement objectives from the areas of health and physical education, and technology.
  • Toi Tangata (formerly Te Hotu Manawa Māori)
    This bilingual website has posters, booklets, and pamphlets that promote healthy eating and are designed by Māori for Māori.
  • Cancer Society
    Resources and information about the links between nutrition and cancer.

International resources

  • Better Health Channel
    Quality assured by the Victorian government, this site has useful nutrition and health information, including fact sheets and a healthy recipe file.
  • British Nutrition Foundation (BNF)
    Resources for student learning, lesson plans, and ideas for teachers and students. Check out the BNF Cook Club. The BNF’s Food – A Fact of Life website covers ‘healthy eating’, ‘cooking and food skills’, and ‘food and farming’ for five- to 11-year-olds. It has videos, modules to support children’s learning, newsletters, student worksheets, interactive activities, and teaching plans.
  • Australian Department of Health
    Various publications are produced by this Australian government department, in particularThe Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.
  • European Food Information Council (EUFIC)
    This non-profit organisation provides science-based information about food quality and safety and nutrition to the media, health and nutrition professionals, educators, and opinion leaders, in a way that consumers can understand. http://www.coolfoodplanet.org/ offers tips, activities, and quizzes for young people.
  • Food in Schools
    This British government website supports healthy schools by taking a whole-school approach to eating and drinking. Click on the Food in Schools Toolkit for information, resources, and support to set up and run successful breakfast, cookery and other food-related clubs, and to provide healthier lunch boxes, dining environments, tuck shops, water, and vending machines.
  • Grab 5!
    An English website that promotes fruit and vegetables to primary school children. Although the Grab 5! programme is no longer running, the excellent resources are still available to download.
  • Health Education Trust
    This registered British charity promotes the development of health education for young people, and its site offers useful information on setting up a School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG), and guidance on healthier vending machines and water coolers.
  • Nutrition Australia
    The website for the non-profit Australian Nutrition Foundation has information and tips for healthy eating, along with links and resources such as Canteen Cuisine (A$22) a collection of ideas and recipes for school canteens.
  • Video Education Australia
    This educational video publishing company has a number of food-related videos for sale, which include teacher notes.

NZ Government resources

  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand
    The Food Safety Australia New Zealand website provides fact sheets, a newsroom area, and publications about food labelling and safety, including a poster that explains what food labels mean.
  • Food and Beverage Classification System
    Fuelled4life is the brand name for the Food and Beverage Classification System (FBCS) managed by the Heart Foundation. It is a collaborative initiative that involves the education, health and food industry sectors working together to make it easier for schools and early learning services to provide healthier food.
  • HealthEd
    A searchable database of free public health resources produced by the Ministry of Health and its agencies. Many food and nutrition-related resources, including pamphlets, booklets, posters, and other items, can be viewed, ordered, or downloaded from the site.
  • Health Education/Information Service
    Your District Health Board (DHB) has excellent healthy eating resources, many of which can be obtained or borrowed free of charge. The Health Education / Information Service is part of a network of health education resource providers based at each region’s DHB. The DHBs stock all of the Ministry of Health’s print resources, as well as some from other agencies, including videos, posters, signs, pamphlets, stickers, and teaching kits.
  • Health Promoting Schools
    Useful information about becoming a Health Promoting School, including regional coordinator details, newsletters, research, school stories, discussion forums, and links.
  • Healthy Eating – Healthy Action
    Key information and updates about Healthy Eating – Healthy Action (HEHA), the Government’s strategic approach to improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, and achieving a healthy weight for all New Zealanders.
  • New Zealand Food Safety Authority
    The Authority protects and promotes public health through labelling, consumer information, and food safety. Go to the Consumers section and scroll down to view theConsumer Resources Catalogue, which lists a range of resources and fact sheets, many of which are free. Alternatively, phone (04) 894 2500 to request a free copy of the catalogue.
  • Social Report 2010
    An annual publication from the Ministry of Social Development that provides information on the social health and well-being of New Zealand society. Indicators are used to measure levels of well-being (for example, obesity), to monitor trends over time, and to make comparisons with other countries.