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PROJECT ENERGIZE. Working with Your School in 2007. Project Overview. A Waikato District Health Board Initiative Aim: To increase the amount and quality of physical activity and to improve the nutritional status of school age Waikato children.

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project energize


Working with Your School in 2007


Project Overview

  • A Waikato District Health Board Initiative
  • Aim:To increase the amount and quality of physical activity and to improve the nutritional status of school age Waikato children.
  • 2004-2006 Research Project with two components, Evaluation and Intervention
  • Evaluation involved a range of physical measures of consenting 5 and 10 year olds; a home questionnaire and school stock take – baseline and end point.
  • Intervention involved a facilitator working in programme schools to support them with physical activity and nutrition initiatives.

Where to from here?

  • Continued Project funding granted for 2007 with research results due mid year
  • Control Schools offered opportunity to become a Project Energize ”Programme” School in 2007
  • Project Energize is formally linked to other ‘through schools’ initiatives such as Fruit in Schools ( Cancer Control Strategy) and Active Schools ( SPARC)

The Project is managed by Sport Waikato

  • Te Kohao Health
  • Nga Miro Health
  • Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki
  • South Waikato Pacific Island Health Committee
  • School Of Education (University of Waikato)
  • Wintec
  • Environment Waikato

There are a number of Project Partners

activity objectives
Activity Objectives
  • To encourage a minimum of 20 minutes quality daily physical activity
  • To advocate for and encourage lunchtime physical activity at least twice a week
  • To encourage and advocate for at least five minutes of ‘homeplay’ every day
  • To encourage a reduction in sedentary time especially screen time if over 2 hours day
  • Identify and raise awareness of incidental activity opportunities at home and school
  • To raise awareness of the importance of children learning fundamental movement skills
  • To encourage and advocate for links to ‘Active Schools’
nutrition objectives
Nutrition Objectives
  • To encourage and promote water as the best drink
  • To ensure water is available in class
  • To encourage the consumption of milk and other high calcium foods every day
  • To advocate for and encourage improvement in food brought from home
  • To increase the awareness of the importance of breakfast and encourage a breakfast habit
  • To work towards registration in the National Heart Foundation School Food Programme
  • To work towards consistent nutrition messages in all aspects of school and community interaction eg. healthy fundraising options

Fruit in Schools

  • Fruit in Schools (FIS) is a government initiative that aims to promote the health and wellbeing of children in schools
  • FIS uses a Whole School Community Approach
  • FIS focuses on 4 priority areas:
  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Sunsmart
  • Smokefree

Your school has been selected to be a part of this nationwide programme and is one of only 29 schools in the Waikato to be invited onboard

  • The goals of Project Energize and FIS are closely aligned and in the Waikato FIS works within a Project Energize framework.
  • What do we receive?
  • FIS will provide fresh fruit to each child in your school each day for 3 years. The fruit is intended to be in addition to fruit children receive from home.
  • What do we have to do?
  • Schools involved agree to work collaboratively on the 4 focus areas outlined
  • Schools agree to increase parent and community participation in FIS related activities

Where do we start?

  • School wide Needs Analysis
  • In Physical Activity:
  • What are we doing well?
  • What could we improve?
  • In Nutrition:
  • What are we doing well?
  • What could we improve?

Project Energize Plan

  • With areas of need identified schools may then select from a menu of possible initiatives, activities and programmes which meet these needs
  • However we must consider:
  • Is the initiative we agree on going to change attitudes and behaviours around physical activity and nutrition?
  • Does the initiative have long-term sustainable outcomes?
  • From the identified needs and agreed initiatives a Project Energize School Plan will be devised.
  • Each school ‘owns’ their plan and sets their own timeframes.