Heart Foundation’s healthy cause for celebration

Heart Foundation’s healthy cause for celebration

The Heart Foundation has recently released Healthy Celebrations, a new resource which aims to provide healthy alternatives for celebrating special occasions.

The  resource  suggests practical ways to recognise and celebrate occasions such as birthdays and special holidays, with the child as the focus instead of the food. It also shares recipes, creative ideas and inspiring stories from early learning services throughout New Zealand.

“Celebrations, such as birthdays and cultural celebrations are particularly valued by early learning services as a way to bring children, their whānau and the wider community together,” says Heart Foundation Early Learning Programme Advisor, Brogan Harvey.  

“But with so many special days to celebrate throughout the year, ‘treat’ foods can take over the focus. We wanted to offer fun, realistic and healthy alternatives.”

Healthy Celebrations is the latest in a suite of resources and programmes created by the Heart Foundation to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

With cupcakes or a cake as the most popular celebration food items, followed by biscuits, pies and sausage rolls, this resource is a welcome tool.

Healthy Celebrations is free to download on the Fuelled4life website, fuelled4life.org.nz/resources   

Early learning services can request their free hard copy by contacting fuelled4life@heartfoundation.org.nz or 09 526 8550.