For over 25 years, founder of the Young and Healthy Charitable Trust Kim Harvey has poured her energy, passion and knowledge into inspiring and empowering people, big and small, to nurture and improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing as well as they possibly can by taking small steps, every single day.
With research showing that the first 10 years of life are critical to ensure children develop a love of being healthy and active, Kim started her journey by developing a home-based activity program for children and their families to help them find their way to create sustainable healthy habits. She secured funding from Sport Auckland and teamed with a DHB dietician, visited families in their homes and often brought her families together to have fun being active together in a supportive environment. This was so effective it was rolled out nationwide under the Green Prescription “Active Families” banner and continues today.
To reach more people in a cost-effective way, working with a passionate group of animators and developers, Kim then created an entertaining, online wellbeing challenge that has been embraced by workplaces, schools, children and their families in New Zealand and Australia for it's engaging nature and effectiveness in helping individuals to embed daily healthy habits that have long term positive impacts.
In 2019, Kim established the Young and Healthy Charitable Trust to expand the reach of the school program and with the support of our partners the program is now helping over 20,000 children annually cultivate habits that will lay the groundwork for a lifetime of health and vitality.
Virtual Adventure Naming Rights Partner
As one of the world’s largest fresh produce brands, Zespri’s purpose is to help people, communities and the environment thrive through the goodness of kiwifruit. That’s why Zespri is proud to support the Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure, and help make a real difference to the lives of thousands of young New Zealanders.
ASICS was founded in 1949 by Mr Kihachiro Onitsuka in Kobe, Japan. Mr Onitsuka lived by the philosophy ‘a sound mind in a sound body’ and believed sport could help the youth of Japan recover from the devastation of war. He thought playing sport was the best way to unite people and connect communities. At ASICSNZ we continue to work to support these philosophies.
Supporting the work of the Young and Healthy Trust is a perfect fit with our brand values and we and our ASICS Ambassadors are excited to see the kids of New Zealand benefit from such a valuable programme.