Programme delivery partners are Māori and Pacific health providers Te Kohao Health, Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki, Nga Miro Health and South Waikato Pacific Islands Health Committee.
Primary and intermediate school children in the Waikato District Health Board region are involve in Project Energize which aims to improve nutrition and physical activity levels in those age groups, reduce obesity rates and reduce cardiovascular risk factors.
A total of 44,000 primary and intermediate schoolchildren are now part of Project Energize through 244 Waikato schools.
This evaluation involved 5110 of those children from 192 schools and is one of the largest child health studies every undertaken in New Zealand. More than one third of the children and families involved in the Programme and evaluation are Māori.
Vital to the success of Project Energize are the 27 “Energizers” who work with schools, teachers and parents, giving physical fitness and nutritional advice and helping implement health and fitness programmes.
Each Energizer is allocated between 8-12 schools, one dietician works with the Energizer team.
Project Energize children’s health and fitness was compared with a range of national and regional data (control) by age group as well data collected being compared to previous evaluations done for Project Energize
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