Jen Riley Project energize staff, Children- Dhiren Naicker (Ben 10 top) Steven Van Niekerk (Stripes) Jayden Clark (Daredevil Black Top), Luke Fong (All Star Pale top red writing BMX) Damian Chen (Blue Top) Meg Coley
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Dr Coleman, who is also the Minister of Health, said at the conference yesterday, he was given the dual roles by Prime Minister John Key in order to find ways to leverage the two portfolios to help address the country’s high obesity levels.
“We need to focus on getting kids to do more physical activity. I believe school is the best place to be encouraging kids to get active and healthy,” he said.
International research shows that kids who are sporty and active, do better at school. They’re more engaged and get better academic results.
“I’m encouraging Sport New Zealand to continue the work it’s doing with a wide range of stakeholders to better understand the changing school context, and its impact on our kids’ sporting pathways – and to consider how we ensure sport and PE continue to be a key part of a well-rounded education.
“I’ve been impressed by Project Energize, which is a physical activity and nutrition programme delivered by Energizer teams who work with local schools to provide hands-on support,” said Dr Coleman.
A total of 44,000 primary and intermediate schoolchildren are now part of Project Energize through 244 Waikato schools.
This evaluation involved 5110 of those children from 192 schools and is one of the largest child health studies every undertaken in New Zealand. More than one third of the children and families involved in the Programme and evaluation are Māori.
Read Dr Coleman’s speech notes.