Healthy eat­ing for school

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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.’’

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