Reduce food-related choking for tamariki

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Kia ora,


Welcome to our brand-new eNewsletter for early learning services, Heart-Healthy Tips for Tamariki.


We are looking forward to bringing you quarterly updates from the Heart Foundation to help your service stay on top of new guidelines and recommendations and to inspire ways to support a healthy environment for your tamariki.


This year has been a tough one for many sectors, including those involved in education, and we want to start by expressing our heartfelt gratitude to all of those working to keep our tamariki engaged and learning.


Our first newsletter focuses on reducing food-related choking in young children, featuring resources to help you provide suitable and safe foods for your tamariki. Next term we will share resources to support the release of the Healthy Eating Guidelines for New Zealand Babies and Toddlers.


We hope you will find this information useful and we encourage you to share it with your teachers and chefs.


Thanks for taking the time to read through our Heart-Healthy Tips for tamariki.


Ngā manaakitanga,

Your Heart Foundation team


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Tasty snacks to try

Tasty snacks to try

Continuing to offer a wide variety of foods appropriate for the age and stage as tamariki grow is important to support acceptance of different tastes and textures. These resources will help with some ideas for fruit and vegetable-based snacks for your tamariki. 


Mat time activity - What's in the bag

Mat time activity - What's in the bag

This mat time activity will help you engage tamariki in building their vocabulary to describe new and familiar fruit and vegetables.


Reduce food-related choking risk

Reduce food-related choking risk

To reduce the risk of food-related choking for tamariki we have a list of foods to avoid and ways to alter high risk foods.

Contact your Heart Foundation Nutrition Advisor in your area to talk about professional development and reducing the risk of food-related choking for your staff.



Demonstration videos

These videos demonstrate how to prepare food to avoid food-related choking:


Salmon and potato cakes

Get the Salmon and potato cake recipe

A healthy way of incorporating fish into your tamariki diet.


Oaty banana balls

Get the oaty banana balls recipe

These tasty little snacks are great for a hungry crowd of kids.

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