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The GetWize2Health Manual...latest incarnation

Hot off the press is the latest version of the GetWize2Health (GW2H) 'Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity teaching resource' for secondary schools.    Congratulations to Schools Facilitator Cassie who has put a huge amount of mahi into this over at least the last 6 months.  The curriculum supporting resource has now been updated, using feedback from schools and the latest research to make sure it's fit for purpose, acceptable and usable for the ever changing secondary school environment in Aotearoa. 

The resource is part of the Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa schools programme, and most commonly provided as part of a kit to teachers who attend a training session to help provide the tools needed to guide and encourage young people to live healthier lives.  Based on current guidelines, it is funded across Tamaki Makaurau Auckland by Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand.    There is more information here on the programme or you can contact the schools facilitator by phoning 09 273 9650 or emailing

The GetWize2Health schools programme started back in 2003, researched and designed by Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa team members of the time aimed at year 9 students.  The development came in response to a request from nurses in secondary schools in the Counties Manukau area who were concerned about what they saw as the deteriorating health of their students.    In those early days our team delivered this programme, then called 'Living for Life' (a competition with students came up with the name) into 3 local schools, testing the concept and getting hands on experience.   The success of the programme lead to looking for a way of widening it's availability, and from this the 'GetWize2Health' programme evolved.   Over the previous 20 years the resource and it's supporting materials have been widely used in Tamaki Makaurau, either in part or as a complete multi-part programme, as well as schools around the country.