Healthy Heart Award for First Steps Palmerston North
Here at First Steps Palmerston North we were very proud to receive TWO Gold Healthy Heart Awards from the Heart Foundation. Having two licences meant we needed to obtain an award for each one, which was already a big undertaking, but the team decided to not only go for the two but to reach for the Gold level as well. Our cooks came on board with this as well, changing our menu so that it fit within the strict guidelines to meet the Gold level, and working alongside the Heart Foundation until everything was perfect. Now all the tamariki within our care have morning and afternoon teas, with a hot cooked lunch, that is all Heart Foundation approved!
We were very pleased that all our hard work paid off with the presentation from Mariana and Hearty from the Heart Foundation of our two awards. We held a special RED day with the tamariki dressing in red, and a shared morning tea of red foods – watermelon, grapes, and jam sandwiches. There was a bouncy castle too, to help keep us fit, and the children all enjoyed the special day celebrating our journey towards these top awards.
We are now looking forward to the next two years as we build upon the knowledge and changes we have made so we can look to renew our double gold awards again in 2016! We can’t wait to see how established our new edible gardens will be by then too! Well done First Steps Palmerston North!