Healthy Families New Zealand is a national prevention-based approach to health and wellbeing, funded by the Ministry of Health. The initiative is being implemented in ten regional sites with higher than average rates of preventable chronic diseases (such as diabetes and obesity) and high levels of deprivation. Each Healthy Families site has chosen its own priorities for improving health and wellbeing based on the unique needs and strengths of the community it serves. Healthy Families is a move away from the traditional intervention-based approach, to prevention-based, to keep people healthy throughout their lifetime and in turn reduce the rise preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancers and obesity.
Healthy Families work alongside communities to bring local leaders and stakeholders together to think differently about the causes of poor health. Through the collaboration and co-design process, community leaders identify, design and implement changes to help people make healthier choices, lead healthier lives and communities to thrive. These environments include, but are not limited to early childhood education settings, schools, workplaces, food outlets, sports clubs, marae, businesses, places of worship and more.
Meet our Team
Strategic Leadership Group
Healthy Families is a prevention-based approach with a focus on keeping people healthy at all ages and stages. We work alongside communities and stakeholders to encourage thinking differently about the underlying causes of poor health, to engage and empower individuals to choose healthy behaviours and make changes that reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases.
Healthy Families collaborates with community leaders to develop initiatives designed by, and reflective of, our communities, and informed by strong evidence. Our work predominantly unites us with early childhood education services, marae, kura, workplaces, sports clubs and more.
We have an explicit focus on improving Māori health and reducing inequalities for groups at increased risk of chronic diseases. Māori participation at all levels of the planning and implementation of Healthy Families initiatives is critical to the overall approach.