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Healthy Start – The First 1000 Days and Beyond - Online Course

Pregnancy a powerful time for establishing life-long health

Pre-conception, pregnancy and the pre-school years  - “the first 1,000 days” – is a crucial period in which lifestyle behaviours can have an enormous impact on lifelong, and even intergenerational health.  Nutrition and physical activity in the first 1000 days both have particular impact on the risk for both the mother and child in developing preventable diseases later in life such as:

·       Type 2 diabetes

·       Heart disease

·       Obesity

·       Some cancers 

It's becoming more and more important for maternity and child health professionals to include discussions about lifestyle behaviours in their routine practice.

The Healthy Start Workforce Project (run through Auckland University) has created an online education programme that explores the science around how and why, nutrition and physical activity in the early years has a life-long and intergenerational affect including on the risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.

Healthy Start – The First 1000 Days and Beyond has seven modules and it will take about 3½ hours to complete.    When you have completed all seven modules you will get a certificate as proof of your learning.

If you do not yet have a Te Whāriki ā Toi (previously Midland Learning) account, please complete the attached Online Learning Memorandum of Understanding and send through to and they will set up accounts for your team members. Each person needs a different email address. Please note. Only one Online Learning MoU is required per organisation. If you are not sure if your organisation has an MoU, just get in touch with the Online Learning team.


There are a number of other courses available for Primary Care in Te Whariki a Toi, and the list is growing.  To be kept up to date with new courses, please contact



Last updated : Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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