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We believe in the power of physical activity to enhance not only physical health but also mental and emotional resilience.
Physical inactivity tracks from adolescence into adulthood and alarmingly, sedentary habits in our young people have steadily increased over the years, despite efforts to improve it.
The Young and Healthy Charitable Trust was established as a charity in 2019 to address this issue. Using a unique combination of technology and inspirational athletes we deliver scalable activity programs via an engaging digital interface that engages our tamariki and cultivates habits that will lay the groundwork for a lifetime of health and vitality.
Thanks to support from our partners, our wonderful teachers and families who see the benefits first hand, over 20,000 kiwi kids are participating annually in our virtual adventure wellbeing program.
Join us in shaping a generation who understand the importance of an active lifestyle and experience the numerous benefits it brings to their holistic development.
First developed in conjunction with NSW Ministry of Health who were seeking a children's activity program with an engaging digital interface, the challenge enables participants to build their own unique avatar and learn in a fun and engaging way the choices they can make themselves to optimise their health and wellbeing, to feel the best that they can, each and every day.
During the event students track their real-life healthy behaviours like; moving more often, eating fruit and vege's, choosing water as their main drink, sleeping well and minimising leisure screen time. This earns points that move their class around the virtual global course and as their class reaches each destination, tamariki are rewarded with a video featuring their unique avatars exploring the location they are "visiting“ and learning from and interacting with our inspiring ambassadors. These learning based rewards help instill intrinsic motivation, further assisting the development of lifelong skills and habits.
Rather than just a few lessons, the virtual adventure runs over 4-5 weeks, which gives enough time for children to immerse themselves in the fun learning elements and most importantly take action in the real world, so they experience first-hand the feeling of the positive impact of all their small daily actions combined.
The pilot of the activity challenge was evaluated by the University of New South Wales and found, “The Challenge had a positive impact on the physical activity of students during the Challenge period. Teachers also reported that the Challenge was a great opportunity to motivate students to become more physically active. Further, doing more physical activities, becoming fit and feeling healthier were identified by the students themselves as some of the things they liked the best about the Challenge. Teachers and program implementation staff also noted unintended benefits of the Challenge in relation to improved attendance and behaviour, facilitating positive social behaviour by promoting teamwork and encouraging student relationships.”
To date over 150,000 kiwi kids have taken part and cultivated habits that lay the groundwork for a lifetime of health and vitality.
The Virtual Adventure
Entry in the Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure is FREE for Year 1 – 8 classes in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
The event will run in Term 3 from Mon 29 July - Fri 30 Aug to coincide with the summer Olympics.
You'll receive a Class Pack before it starts containing pedometers,
a wall map and a few surprises too!
By taking part in Mini-Challenges you can be in to WIN;
a Super Fun Day at your school for everyone to enjoy
a class lot of ASICS sport shoes (several to be won)
$200 vouchers (several to be won)
"I liked how students had to think about accountability- what makes a healthy diet, what makes a healthy lifestyle. A number of children were far more conscientious about making change with their choices and their active lifestyle vs use of devices vs their personal sleep patterns. A number often turned up to school tired- gaming all night - I noticed a change in these students where they were more focused. I think this was directly impacted by them having to enter personal data which I could see, and they could also see how far we had travelled on our journey. "
- Teacher, Fairfield Intermediate
Our Virtual Coaches
In 2024 we are pleased to confirm ASICS Ambassadors Ardie Savea, Kane Williamson and Ameliaranne Ekenasio as our virtual coaches, leading classes through the virtual adventure and providing support, encouragement and education. Whenever possible we also organize school visits so participating schools can meet our sporting superstars in person.