Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
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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 1998. 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 show was created and produced by Executive Producer Gavan Disney, once the producer of the Nine Network’s long-running variety show Hey Hey it’s Saturday and packaged by Disney Entertainment P/L for the Ten Network and its affiliates throughout the world.
The title takes takes its name from the proverb, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” This quote is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin since it appeared in his Poor Richard’s Almanack; however, it was first used in print by John Clarke in a 1639 book of English and Latin proverbs.