More funding confirmed for Project Energize
Project Energize will continue to make a difference in the health of young people with the Waikato District Health Board extending funding for another 12 months.
Sport Waikato chief executive Matthew Cooper said this was ‘great news’ and a tribute to the hard working, dedicated Energize team.
Project Energize was launched in selected primary schools in 2005. The aim was to improve the overall health of primary school aged children by increasing their physical activity and encouraging healthy eating.
In 2007 the funding was renewed until the end of 2008 and in December of that year the Waikato board approved the extension into all Waikato primary and intermediate schools and investment of a further $700,000.
Team Energize manager Stephanie McLennan said she was thrilled with the decision and praised the Waikato board for being proactive and wanting to make a difference in children’s health.
‘‘ Their support enables us to reach all primary and intermediate aged children in the Waikato region and also their families,’’ said Ms McLennan.
Waikato board planning and funding manager Brett Paradine said Waikato board originally designed and funded Project Energize in the knowledge that slowing the growing epidemic in type 2 diabetes depended on improving nutrition and raising physical activity levels.
Sport Waikato and subcontracted health providers Te Kohao Health, Nga Miro Health Centre, Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki and South Waikato Pacific Island Health Committee employ 29 Energizers who service 250 schools. Ms McLennan said it was the Energizers role to guide teachers and the wider school community in how they could create a healthy, active environment for children.
‘‘And to make sure we’re getting it right, we’re in the process of conducting a major evaluation with 7 and 10 years olds from Waikato primary schools who have been a part of the programme for more than two years.’’