Steps for Life Young Adult Programme

Our Programme is now working in partnership with High Schools!

Working within the school has eliminated many of the barriers that made access to our programme difficult when it was run offsite on a weekend. Students are now able to access the programme much easier which has meant that more are able to take part.

Steps for Life was developed in 2010 to take a proactive approach to reducing the rate of obesity among our youth but having seen first hand and listening to our youth the magnitude of this epidemic encompasses so many other issues they face - anxiety, depression, lack of self worth, drugs and alcohol to name a few.  Steps for Life has now evolved and takes a holistic approach to the general health and well being of young New Zealanders through a 10 week programme. It provides the knowledge and tools required for our youth to live happier, healthier lives. 

Steps for Life focuses on four key areas:

  • Physical Health
  • Healthy Food (nutrition)
  • Mind Health
  • Healthy Family

Steps for Life takes a holistic approach focusing on the four key areas that fit together like a puzzle. If one piece is missing the puzzle is incomplete. This whole-person approach provides a big picture of overall well-being and gives you the opportunity to be a healthier you. 

What kind of commitment do I need to make?

Participants are required to attend all sessions. While we encourage parental support and involvement we also empower our participants to take the lead in the own lives.

Week day sessions are fitness sessions with a qualified and approved SFL trainer. Participants need to ensure they wear appropriate gear to exercise in. One week day session also has an in-class workshop component after training.

NOTE: Once accepted into the programme, participation and commitment is mandatory.  Failure to attend sessions may result in removal from the programme. 

When am I required to attend?

Two sessions per week either during school or after school for the course of a term. Times will be determined by mutual agreement between the school and SFL management.

Participant and Family Commitment:

The programme is run during the course of a term and requires students to attend two weekly sessions each week within school facilities. Parents are welcome to attend workshop sessions.

How much will it cost to take part?

$96 for a term-long programme

What is covered in the programme?

Each week we focus on a different topic and week by week we build on each topic.  Some of the areas we cover are:

  • Understanding your eating
  • Food inside and out
  • How to manage stress
  • The importance of exercise
  • Choosing healthy meals and healthy shopping/label reading
  • Health halos
  • Managing anxiety
  • Time management and planning
  • Communication
  • Positive thinking and Self-worth

PLUS take part in a guided supermarket tour AND take part in interactive cooking sessions!

Programme Dates 2020

We are currently in discussions with schools for programme participation in 2020. If you are interested in having the programme run at your school please contact or phone 09 634 3593.


Download  the Young Adult programme application form