There is nothing more important than our physical and mental health and wellbeing as the foundations that enable us to thrive and live the best lives we can. But numerous reports show an alarming trend; the health of all New Zealander's but most especially our tamariki, is getting worse. Being close to the bottom of the list of our OECD counterparts is creating an unsustainable human and economic impact that has to be addressed. So, the Young and Healthy Trust are on a mission to arm our tamariki with the knowledge and skills to make the best choices they can every day to be the healthiest version of themselves that they can be, to create hauora for life!
Research shows that the first 10 years of life are critical to embedding attitudes and habits that support health and wellbeing. It also strongly links the positive impact small daily actions have on our mental and physical health like; eating nutrient-rich foods and sleeping well, moving often, replacing device time with time spent with others or getting outside into nature and drinking plenty of fresh water. So we create our fun and entertaining programs that encourage simple steps every day to support and nurture hauora, ensuring tamariki thrive as youngsters with their actions over time creating deeply embedded habits.
Children usually have the most significant influence on whanau, so the ripple effect of their learning and actions is exponential.
History of our Marque Event: The Virtual Adventure Program
It has been run for the NSW Ministry of Health, collaborating with NSW Rugby League and successfully evaluated by the University of Sydney as having a myriad of benefits to the participants, including moving more, but more importantly, loving the feeling of being more fit and healthy as a result of participating.
In NZ in 2016, with the support of sponsors, 15,000 children and their parents took part in the Virtual Adventure and the 2018 event saw more than 40,000 children and families from across NZ participating and many more on the waiting list.
Despite the challenges of 2020, twenty thousand children from schools from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South, took part in the Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure, visited and supported by our inspiring ASICS Ambassadors and making more healthy habits a part of their day.
We know that when children are active, sleeping and eating well, they concentrate and learn better in class, and if games are on offer their engagement goes up a notch!
This program is a fun way to discuss and integrate principles of hauora. It uses a little bit of technology to engage our "iPad generation" and takes your class on a virtual global adventure, led by a star cast of NZ sporting elite, ASICS Ambassadors; Ardie Savea, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Kane Williamson and Samantha Charlton.
By engaging in healthy daily behaviours in the real world, participants earn points to move their class around the virtual course "visiting" places like; Peru, China, New Zealand and more. As well as getting healthy tips from our ASICS Ambassadors, they'll learn about the history and culture of the destinations they reach.
If you'd like to join us on the 2021 adventure, read more here.
About Our Founder
For over 25 years, founder Kim Harvey has poured her energy, passion and knowledge into inspiring and empowering NZ”ers, 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.
She learned early in her career that the key to helping people to find the intrinsic motivation to achieve this for a lifetime, centres on having fun so being healthy is a choice they want to make, rather than a chore.
This has been the guiding principle of all the successful programs she has developed, from engaging and award winning health and wellbeing programs for workplaces; individual health coaching plans, and entertaining events for children and their families. The programs have empowered participants to develop a love of being active and making healthy choices the way they “do life” having a massive, positive impact on their mental and physical health, every 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 developed 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 created an entertaining, online wellbeing challenge that has been embraced by workplaces, schools, children and their families for it's engaging nature and effectiveness in helping individuals to embed daily habits.
Get in touch with Kim:
M +64 275760133
If you are interested in supporting the work of the Young and Healthy 2019 Trust, or you want to participate in the Virtual Adventure either with your class, family or community group, please drop us a line.