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Virtual journey a trip to healthy lifestyles

November 10 2022

Source: Te Puke Times, Te Puke Bay of Plenty

The pupils in Room 2 at Paengaroa School have already this term walked around Italy and Greece. Now they are checking out Japan. The new entrants are taking part in a ‘virtual adventure’ to clock healthier habits thanks to the 2022 Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure. They are on a virtual trip around the globe, instilling healthy habits along the way. On Friday, in recognition of their efforts, each pupil in the class was given a pair of Asics running shoes when programme founder Kim Harvey visited the school.

Class teacher Deanna Morgan says pupils take it in turns to wear the pedometer. “Then there is a little competition to see who’s done the most steps. They like the competition,” she says. Resources complementing the programme include videos about the countries they visit virtually. The programme began on October 20 and Kim says she was delighted to start 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 them- selves 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.”

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