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The joint initiative

The joint initiative

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Healthy Active Learning is a joint government initiative between Sport NZ, Ministry of Health, Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand, and the Ministry of Education to improve the wellbeing of tamariki through healthy eating and drinking and quality physical activity. 

Part of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, Healthy Active Learning is supported by a Government investment of $47.6m between 2020-2024.

What success looks like

  1. Schools and kura understand and recognise the value of the Health and Physical Education and Hauora curriculum
  2. Schools and kura support and promote quality play, sport and physical activity opportunities
  3. Teachers and kaiako are confident and capable in delivering the Health and Physical Education and Hauora curriculum
  4. Schools and kura support and promote a healthy food and drink environment
  5. Schools and kura make well informed decisions when engaging with external providers
  6. Schools and kura are connected to their wider community, including whanau and local health and physical activity providers

What are the three components of Healthy Active Learning?

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Ministry of Health

Providing a health promotion workforce to support schools, kura, and English and Māori-Medium early learning services to create healthy food and water-only educational environments. This will include a focus on healthy food and drink policies. Toolkits have been developed to support this.

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Sport NZ

Providing a physical activity workforce to support 800 primary and intermediate schools and kura to create healthy and active learning environments, and better connection to their local communities.

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Ministry of Education

Creating a new Health and Physical Education (HPE) and Hauora curriculum resources to support all schools and kura to enhance the understanding, planning and delivery of HPE and physical activity. The resources will be developed in Te Reo Māori and English.

Settings where each component will be delivered

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