Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Zealand 2014
Children's Health: Growing a Healthy Future

ISSUE DATE: 3 September 2014
STAMP THEME:Children's Health
STAMP DESIGN: Chris Davidson

Teaching children to grow their own fruits and vegetables not only benefits their health and well-being, it gives them positive attitudes towards healthy foods as well as a sense of pride and accomplishment. The 2014 Children’s Health stamp issue celebrates these foods that fuel the New Zealanders of tomorrow. Growing fruits and vegetables is becoming a popular pastime at home and in classrooms around New Zealand and teaches children skills they’ll retain for life. They’re taught to be patient when waiting weeks (if not months) for their fruits and vegetables to grow as well as having the responsibility of having to nurture something from start to finish. These skills help promote a positive attitude towards healthy foods and create habits they’ll take through into adulthood.
New Zealand Post has been a proud supporter of the Children’s Health Camps throughout the country since 1929. The 10-cent surcharge on each stamp in this issue will go directly to Stand Children’s Services Tū Māia Whānau to aid the valuable service they provide to children and their families in need around New Zealand.
The three illustrated stamps in this unique issue show children proudly holding the foods they have grown, while their shadows hint at the potential these children possess.

80c - Carrots
This future scholar proudly shows off her harvest of carrots for all to see on this stamp. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, thanks to the natural source of beta-carotine. The nutrients in carrots help build strong bones and a healthy nervous system.

$1.40 – Apples
This stamp shows a happy young boy with the apples he grew himself, giving him the nutrients he needs to grow up healthy and strong. Apples are loaded with vitamin C, B-complex vitamins and fibre, making them a perfect snack for growing kids.

80c – Pumpkin (self-adhesive)
This self-adhesive stamp shows a potential future rugby star as he proudly shows off the pumpkin he grew himself. Like carrots, pumpkins are full of beta-carotine, which is converted into vitamin A - a valuable antioxidant that is important for good eyesight.

This self-adhesive stamp is also available in a sheet of 100.

Stamp images and description thanks to New Zealand Post

New Zealand Post