Taking a step in right direction
Updated: Nov 24, 2022
November 10 2022
Source: Hauraki Coromandel Post, Bay of Plenty
Twenty-two thousand school children from across Aotea- roa, including 3492 kids from 135 classrooms at 35 schools locally in the Waikato region, have joined forces with celebrity heroes Ardie Savea, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Kane Williamson and Samantha Charlton to participate in this year’s Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure.
On October 20, the health and wellbeing programme kicked into ac- tion, taking Kiwi kids on a virtual trip around the globe, instilling healthy habits along the way like moving their bodies, eating extra fruit and vege- tables, drinking more water, getting a good night’s sleep and reducing leisure time spent on screens.
Kim Harvey, the founder of the Young and Healthy Charitable Trust and Virtual Adventure, is delighted to kick off the adventure for the fifth year. “We’ve now had over 120,000 kids through the programme, and each year we see incredible results with teachers, parents and the kids themselves telling us they have more energy, can focus better in class and feel better, which is all the more important as we head to the busy end of year sprint.” The Virtual Adventure was created with the knowledge that healthy habits formed early to set a child up for a lifetime of improved physical and mental wellbeing — something Kim says has become even more important as kids have gotten used to long stints of schooling from home over the past few years.