Teacher resources

Here are some ideas designed to engage your students on how to improve their own and their families’ health, plus stimulate conversation and debate around New Zealand’s wider health issues. The content we have highlighted below is based on suggestions from teachers as to what is helpful for curriculum learning.

As you become familiar with the breadth and depth of the site you’ll find a huge range of content on individuals’ nutritional needs, the relationship between food choices and health, how to navigate conflicting nutritional information, how to read packaging, sustainability, exercise and much more. We also get many students trying our recipes and sending in photos, which we publish where possible.

We also have downloadable resources (in the Resources tab under ‘Expert Advice’ in the main menu) able to be printed as posters, such as serving size guide, label reading guide etc.

If you are a teacher and would like to recommend further content being highlighted or even researched and written, please contact us.

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Country of origin, the right to know

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How much salt in your kids’ day

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label detective: Farm-to-table

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How to make the most of probiotics

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Science update: Food allergy developments

The treatment and diagnosis of food allergies has moved forward...

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Geographical indications

What’s the difference between ‘champagne’ and ‘methode champenoise’ when it...

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What’s your body trying to tell you?

Sometimes, deciphering symptoms is a no-brainer: an itch that’s caused...

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Ask the experts: Reduced-fat foods and added sugar

Q. I have heard that products which are fat-reduced have...

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Build better immunity: The secret weapon of a...

Dietitian Katrina Pace looks at the role our gut bacteria...

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Evolution of nutrition

Science hasn’t always been, well, exact. Healthy Food Guide senior...

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Let’s call time on energy drinks

“Would you give your children 12 teaspoons of sugar and...

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Time to cut our plastic waste

Will 2018 be the year we look back on as...

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What is: Fair trade?

It's a term we see a lot on labels. But...

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The ethical shopper: Food miles

How far has your food travelled? Tips for lowering your...

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The numbers you should know

Would you pass a human ‘warrant of fitness’? Knowing some...

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What's really in our food?

Many of our favourite foods these days contain a long...

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Guide to reading labels

What do all the health claims and ticks mean

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Can you escape your genes?

How do our genes shape our health outcomes? And is...

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The ethical cook: Is going meat-free the way...

It's common knowledge that most dairy farming practices are hurting...

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Raising our children not to binge drink

Ways to help young adults respect alcohol and make responsible...

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Why we need folate

Also known as vitamin B9, or folic acid in supplement...

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Turn over a new leaf: How to live...

What we can do every day at home to make...

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Smart scrolling on social media

Smarter social media

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Asthma and eczema

A strong link between asthma and eczema is now globally...

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Behind the headlines: Should sugary drinks be taxed?

What's the issue, and should they really be taxed?

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Waste less, save more!

Our 7-step guide to saving money and feeling better by...

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Pre-diabetes: Know your chances, reduce your risk

Do you know if you’re getting all the nutrients you...

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Master the supermarket

Beat the traps and become an expert healthy shopper! We...

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The ethical cook: What to do with food...

Kiwi's throw away so much food! Here are some tips...

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The allergy epidemic

About one in 10 New Zealand children has a food...

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Eating for a healthy prostate

We talk to the experts about a common cancer for...

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The perfect plate

How to get food proportions right in every meal

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Preparing for disaster: How will you cope?

Tips on getting prepared for emergencies.

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The secrets of shopping smarter

Ever wished for your own personal nutritionist as you go...

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The stress-weight connection

Stress is a major problem for many New Zealanders, and...

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How much protein do we need?

We can easily become confused with all the mixed messages...

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Diabetes: Commonly-asked questions

Nutritionist Claire Turnbull answers the questions people newly-diagnosed with diabetes...

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The right way to handle childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in New Zealand. How...

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Take control of your cholesterol

One in twelve New Zealand adults takes medication for cholesterol...

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Fighting cancer: Nutrition can help

Strategies and nutrition information on how to help fight through...

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The facts about vitamins and minerals

Why are vitamins and minerals so important for good health?...

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Five golden rules of digestive health

Taking care of our digestive health is crucial. We can...

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The whole(some) story: Get the nutrients you need...

Calcium, iron, fibre, healthy fat – just how do we...

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Calcium: How much do YOU need?

Surveys show that most New Zealanders aren’t getting enough calcium....

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