Good habits start early, that’s why we’re extremely proud to help deliver the Food for Thought Education Trust’s nutrition programme to primary schools across New Zealand.

Food for Thought is a free nutrition education programme sponsored by New World to help Year 5 and 6 primary school students (9-10 year olds) make healthier food choices.

It’s a community based initiative, designed and developed by nutritionists and teachers to align to the New Zealand Health and Physical Education curriculum.

Getting kids thinking about nutrition

Food for Thought is a one-term programme that includes a class session facilitated by a Food for Thought Nutritionist. The students then take their learning into their local New World supermarket.

With guidance from the nutritionist, the children apply their classroom learning in an interactive supermarket setting. They practice reading nutrition product labels, compare nutritional benefits of products and learn about allergy awareness.

Back in the classroom the students are given a budget and they design a healthy class lunch that they then buy, make, and enjoy a wonderful lunch together. The shared lunch is fully sponsored by New World.

Reaching for healthier choices

With parent help, a free Food for Thought Lunchbox packed with more nutritional information, a helpful food planning fridge magnet, and the hands-on activity of making a healthy lunch, this new found knowledge is taken back into the home.

This amazing programme is so successful that the Heart Foundation is also a key partner in delivering the Food for Thought Education Trust into New Zealand schools.

We’ve had more than 112,000 kids go through our programme since 2007 - Find out how to get your school involved too.