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Healthy Active Learning launches in Central Bay of Plenty

Thursday, October 22, 2020

As part of the 2019 Wellbeing Budget, the Government is investing $47.6 million over four years on a new initiative called Heathy Active Learning. It’s all about supporting schools, kura and early learning settings to improve child and youth wellbeing through healthy eating and drinking, and quality physical activity.

As part of the Healthy Active Learning initiative Sport Bay of Plenty is working alongside Toi Te Ora Public Health and education providers to improve the wellbeing of children and young people through healthy eating and drinking and quality physical activity. The initiative is based on evidence showing children's nutrition and physical activity are linked to both academic achievement and improved physical and mental health.

In 2020, the first phase of the initiative in the Bay of Plenty was rolled out to 30 schools and 6,088 students in the Rotorua region.
Throughout the year our Healthy Active Learning advisors have helped create curriculum resources for schools, and worked alongside school leaders and teachers to enhance the provision of play, sport, physical activity and physical education.

Rotorua Intermediate School Assistant Principal Jodi Le Comte-Hepburn has worked closely with a Healthy Active Learning advisor this year who helped support the introduction of kī-o-rahi. The inclusion of the traditional Māori game was closely aligned to the schools Ko Au Turangawaewae unit.

“Students were upskilled to a level that they are now able to incorporate this game in our student engagement activities which are organised and run by students.”

Throughout the year the Healthy Active Learning team has also helped facilitate more than 15 professional learning development sessions with teachers. In a collaborative approach, schools determine the level of support they need and the Healthy Active Learning advisors align the professional learning development workshops to the health and physical education curriculum. A key focus for the workshops has been understanding the value and purpose of physical education and health.

In early 2021 two Healthy Active Learning community connectors will join the team and help community activity providers connect with schools and ensure quality opportunities are available the meet the needs and wants of young people.


Healthy Active Learning is a joint initiative from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Sport New Zealand.

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