Healthy eating for school
Eating right and getting active is the name of the game at Rangikura School in Porirua, which has become the latest school to enrol in a new initiative to combat childhood obesity.
Project Energize has run for 10 years in the Waikato, resulting in a 78 percent improvement in fitness levels and childhood obesity rates that are significantly lower than the national average.
Nine schools in the Wellington region have enrolled so far and the Capital & Coast District Health Board hopes to have 30 schools enrolled by 2019
Rangikura School principal Eddie Uluilelata said the project boosts the programmes that schools were already doing themselves.
‘‘The students of Rangikura are very lucky to be able to take part in initiatives like Project Energize.
‘‘Our students are learning to use these behaviours every day, and building good healthy habits for life.’’
Health Board member Sandra Williams said they were excited to be working with the Heart Foundation to deliver a healthy eating and exercise programme that they knew worked.
‘‘We know from Waikato that kids, parents and teachers love this programme.
‘‘Project Energize is all about getting children up and moving, enjoying being active and eating right, and we know it will make a difference in the health and wellbeing of our young people.’’