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Instilling healthy habits

November 3 2022

Source: Mountain Scene Queenstown

PUPILS a t two Queenstown primary schools are joining 22,000 other Kiwi kids in this year's Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure. Te Kura o Whakatipu and Queenstown Primary have signed up to the challenge, which started last month and runs till November24. Now in its fifth year, the 'virtual adventure' was created to help kids form healthy habits early, aiming to set them up for a lifetime of improved physical and mental well- being.

The programme takes students o n a virtual trip around t h e world, instilling in them the importance of exercise, eating extra fruit and veg, drinking water, getting good sleep and reducing screen time. Classes work as a team to travel across theworld, and along the way they're being m e t b y Kiwi sports starts AllBlack Ardie Savea, Silver Fern Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Black Cap Kane Williamson a n d Black Stick Samantha Charlton. Young and Healthy Charitable Trust a n d Virtual Adventure founder Kim Harvey says over the past five years, more than 120,000 kids across the country have gone through theprogramme, which puts a strong focus on "prevention".

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