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 National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education, Marketing, Taxes: Health Groups Call For Actions For Sugary Drinks

The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations. The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks consumption. More>>

ALSO:

More Departures? David Shearer Proposed For UN Peacekeeping Role

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Security Agencies' Reports: GCSB Wants To Give ISPs More Power To Block Threats

The Government Communications Security Bureau wants to give internet service providers more information and power to block cyber threats which are increasing, its director told the intelligence and security select committee yesterday.. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news