Students encouraged to Be Healthy, Be Active

February 2012

Teachers have welcomed a new resource for year 7 and 8 students, Be Healthy, Be Active – Kia Ora, Kia Korikori, as perfect for starting the school year, with its focus on making good choices around healthy eating and physical activity.

Be Healthy, Be Active – Kia Ora, Kia Korikori has been developed by Learning Media and funded by Nestlé New Zealand with its partners the Millennium Institute of Sport & Health and the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. It was launched in Wellington in November 2011 and netball star Frances Solia, Team Wellington soccer player Phil Imray and former Olympian rower Mike Stanley were all on hand at Evans Bay Intermediate School to participate in the launch.

Around 30 teachers and school leaders from around the Wellington region attended a demonstration of the resource by Evans Bay teacher Chris Cordell and her students, and a professional development session run by Bill Gaynor of Learning Media, who developed and trialled the resource.

Kelly Herbert from Raroa Intermediate School says, “It’s perfect for starting out the year. I’ve enjoyed looking through the resources and having the opportunity to trial aspects of them in preparation for hitting the ground running in 2012. I’m looking forward to hearing what other staff think.”

The resource as a whole is strongly underpinned by the Maori concept of hauora or well-being; the modules draw on Professor Mason Durie’s Whare Tapa Wha model, which represents the spiritual, mental, physical and social aspects of life as walls of a whare. The state of hauora is the feeling of healthiness and happiness that results when the four elements are in balance.

The teachers’ resource forms the base of the programme, outlining the four teaching modules. All the modules are linked to suggested achievement objectives from levels 3 and 4 of The New Zealand Curriculum and learning intentions for each module are also suggested.

Gail Dewar, principal at Makara Model School, says, “This year our main theme is choices and in Term 1, we’re exploring making the best choices for a healthy body and mind. The Be Healthy, Be Active resource has been a mainstay of our planning and fits perfectly with what we are trying to achieve with the students and the learning statements in The New Zealand Curriculum.”

The 16 ‘read and respond’ cards, which have real-life New Zealand scenarios, can be used for independent work, think-pair-share exercises and as discussion starters in small groups. The cards and other activities link to the online journal, which gives students their own pages in cyberspace. Teachers, as master users, activate the pages and allow students access to modules and activities and can access students’ home pages and check their work.

Presenting information about the right food to eat when you are being active is highlighted in an online game, the Fuel Up Challenge, helping to illustrate these important principles in a fun manner.

The Interactive Food Plate created lively discussion amongst the teachers at the launch around what items were included in the food groups and appropriate portion sizes. They could see this discussion being repeated in their classrooms. This web-based resource can be used either on an interactive whiteboard or on individual student computers.

Gail Dewar comments, “We’ve recently installed an interactive whiteboard and the activities designed for use on the whiteboard and computer are going to be such a big hook for our learners.”

A free copy of the printed material for the Be Healthy, Be Active – Kia Ora, Kia Korikori resource was sent to all schools teaching years 7 and 8 students in late 2011.

The Be Healthy, Be Active – Kia Ora, Kia Korikori resource and the online components can be accessed at www.behealthybeactive.co.nz.