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

 


Sarah Walker sets teens’ wheels in motion with Move60 app

MEDIA RELEASE
28 March 2014
Sarah Walker sets teens’ wheels in motion with launch of Move60 app

Sarah Walker will host over 100 teens at the Mystery Creek Events Centre in Hamilton tomorrow where they will be gifted bikes courtesy of the Move60 initiative. Move60 is a programme designed to encourage teens to be active for 60 minutes a day. At the event, Walker will also unveil an app that has been designed as a tool to motivate and inspire teens to make moving every day a lifelong habit.

Two further events are planned for Te Ruaparaha Arena, Wellington on Saturday 5 April and the Pioneer Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday 12 April.

Move60, an initiative from Coca-Cola in partnership with BikeNZ and the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD), aims to inspire 100,000 teens to get moving by 2020. The programme is one of four commitments made by Coca-Cola in July 2013, to help to address the issue of obesity in New Zealand.

“We’ve set ourselves a big target,” admits Paul Fitzgerald, GM of Coca-Cola New Zealand. “But we firmly believe that building some activity into your daily lifestyle is achievable for everyone, and hope the app will encourage teens to get out there and have some fun with their friends and explore!”

The Move60 smartphone app has been designed to keep teens across the country engaged and motivated to ride their bikes safely and socially. The app features bike-centric games, challenges, competitions and rewards. It’s free for anyone to download and offers a platform for teens to engage in some healthy and interactive competition as they clock up the kilometres.

At tomorrow’s event, Move60 ambassador and BMX Olympian Sarah Walker will unveil the app, in which she also features. Sarah will then participate in a three hour session led by BikeNZ, that takes the teens through road safety and skills training.

“I encourage everyone to download the Move60 app, and get out there on your bikes. For me, biking is more than just a way of staying physically fit and healthy; it boosts my mood and overall state of mind. I’m genuinely happiest when I’m training or out on the road,” said Sarah.

Foundation for Youth Development Waikato Regional Manager, Vikki Blundell, says the Waikato teens who will be attending tomorrow’s event are enthusiastic about participating in Move60.

“The anticipation has been building as the date the teens receive their bikes and download the Move60 app has drawn closer. Having the chance to go for a bike ride with Sarah Walker on top of that has massive cool factor for them – she’s so positive, talented and inspirational.”

To date 200 bikes have been gifted with a further 400 bikes to be gifted through FYD in 2014. Other activity programmes will be introduced as part of the Move60 programme in the coming years to continue to encourage Kiwi teens to keep active.

-ends-


Notes to the Editor:
• To find out more and download the app go to www.move60.co.nz
• For more on Coca-Cola New Zealand’s commitments and the Move60 programme visit www.coca-colajourney.co.nz.
How the Move60 app works:
• Download from iTunes or Google Play
• Register to use the app in Move60 or via Facebook
• Activate the app when you go for a ride and use it in three different ways
- Earn a Badge: complete rides which add up to a badge
- Block Rider: ‘own blocks’ by riding 1km in each one. Take blocks from each other by riding more in that block
- Monthly challenges: complete the monthly challenge

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics.

Can the two surviving Maori Party MPs (one electorate, one list) credibly work together with the old firebrand who split up the group years ago, and still hope to rekindle some of that same old magic? More>>

 

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Welfare: WINZ Breaching Privacy Laws With WINZ Vetting Rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices. The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.More>>

ALSO:

Turnbull Visit: Leaders’ Talks Cement Trade Relations, Science Agreement

Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation. Mr English also thanked Mr Turnbull for Australia’s offer of support for those fighting the fires on the Port Hills in Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

Youth Guarantee: Upskilling Fund Used For Retraining

News that one in five of the people enrolling in Youth Guarantee already hold qualifications at the level they’re enrolling in highlights the failure of the scheme to reach the disengaged young people it was set up to assist, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What Trump May Mean For Us

So far not much effort has been put into tracing the possible implications for New Zealand of the stream of executive orders and tweets that have been pouring from the Oval Office. Unfortunately, we may not simply be drive-by rubberneckers at this car wreck for much longer. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news