Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
was a pioneering lifestyle
television program shown in Australia
. It was shown on Network Ten
and was seen from 1991 until 1999. The programme also helped re-invent the then-ailing network after its financial collapse of the late 1980s. It helped popularise the lifestyle genre in Australia
and it also spawned a number of imitators during the 1990s including the Seven Network
's Better Homes and Gardens
, which is still seen today.
The title takes takes its name from the Benjamin Franklin proverb "Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise" which appeared in his Poor Richard's Almanack.
Notable people associated with the programme included Felicity Kennett, wife of the then Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett
, and Jim Brown,a former Ten Eyewitness news journalist.
Others such as Iain Hewitson used the opportunity to develop an ongoing tv career with the show as a starting point, including crafts lady Tonia Todman. The popular motoring journalist Peter Wherrett had some staying power. The show's finance guru Ross Greenwood enjoyed particular success and became Network Finance Editor at Channel Nine.
List of contributors
Some featured reporters and presenters on the show included:
The show was produced by Gavan Disney, once the producer of the Nine network's long-running Hey Hey it's Saturday.