More fund­ing con­firmed for Pro­ject En­er­gize

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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.’’

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