Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Getting physical in Nelson

Nelson-Marlborough¹s ground breaking Nutritional and Physical Activity
Programme is making significant progress on helping targeted groups to be
more active and to eat healthier food.

Programme Director Helen Steenbergen says the five year District Health
Board initiative is the only one of its kind in the South Island and is
matched by only Counties Manukau nationwide.

³It is no easy task to turn around the obesity epidemic, Ms Steenbergen
said. ³We really are breaking new ground on this and we are very pleased
with the results so far. In the 18 months since the programme was set up, we
have secured the support of councils across the Top of the South, government
agencies, schools and community groups.

The NPA Programme has delivered over $200,000 to schools, early childhood
centres and most recently to community groups. Larger grants of $5,000 set
up like mini-contracts have targeted groups such as Maori communities and
vulnerable people and families where the NPA strategic plan has identified
it can make the most change. Ms Steenbergen said there are some significant
projects ready to go this year that will really make a different to
communities.

³The Picton Youth Centre is running a programme of pro-social activities
including basketball, touch hip-hop classes; we have an ethnic soccer
festival coming up in Marlborough to get locals and migrants active and
mingling in a fun atmosphere and there are several schools and early
childhood centres that have already made a start on vegetable gardens and
orchards.

³We¹re working with schools, kindergartens and early childhood centres to
find ways they bring these ideas into the curriculum, she said. A garden
doesn¹t just teach kids about planting and watering seeds - when they are
involved in the whole process they are much more likely to try and even like
vegetables they haven¹t eaten before.

This year workshops are planned to let schools and community groups know
more about the NPA and the type of projects it is able to fund. More
information on the NPA and it¹s Operational Plan for 2008 can be found at
www.nutritionandphysicalactivity.org.nz


ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“With nearly half of New Zealanders renting, the grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them,” said Green Party social housing spokesperson Marama Davidson. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election