Only 7% of children and young people (aged 5-18) are meeting the New Zealand guidelines for physical activity (at least 1 hour a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity) solely through PE, sport, exercise and active recreation. 
Students gain more benefit from physical activity if they have opportunities to be active at regular times during the day.
There is a strong correlation between being physically active as a student and being physically active in adulthood.
Academic performance is improved by regular participation in physical activity.
Check out this video on how WAVE helped Rural Scholars Early Learning Centre with professional development sessions so that they can ensure their tamariki are getting the optimum physical activity in their day.
Physical activity includes play, games, sports, transportation, chores, recreation, physical education, or planned exercise, in the context of family, school and community activities.
St Joseph's Timaru participating in a South Canterbury
Ki O Rahi Tournament
Traditional Māori Games can be used as a professional development opportunity for both students and staff. The objective of the professional development is to develop physical activity programmes looking at traditional cultural games, remove barriers and promote participation of physical activity through Traditional Māori Games.
Evaluation feedback from staff:
“Easy to implement, fun, good curriculum link”.
“Encouraged to explore ways to implement Māori bi-cultural practice in everyday activities”.
“The games could be used across a range of levels, fun but challenging- thinking was involved”.
Students playing in a Ki o Rahi tournament at Caroline Bay, Timaru
This workshop will cover how to incorporate physical activity (PA) into the school day, school culture and the importance of being healthy and active in primary schools.
Contact Greg Newton (Physical Activity Health Promoter) for further information or any physical activity questions you may have.
Click here to take a look at how physical activity through the use of Traditional Māori Games develops cultural and physical wellbeing for all students. Traditional Māori Games also develops and encourages Hauora (wellness) as well as leadership skills.
Walking is a great way to give yourself a mood boost – especially as winter sets in.
The All Right? Walking Poster Generator allows you to create a poster with a starting point and the times it will take to walk to three awesome locations nearby.
You will be able to download and print off your created poster.
Click here to go to the All Right? Poster Generator.
Help your children achieve at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day for their health and well-being.
Download your pamphlet here.
www.cph.co.nz - Encouraging and supporting physical activity in our community, Community & Public Health (Canterbury)
www.cph.co.nz - Free or low cost events and activities in Mid and South Canterbury to increase physical activity - cycle tracks, parks and playgrounds, swimming pools, walking trails, Be Active programmes
www.healthykids.org.nz- For Healthy Kids Activities check out the "Move" tab
www.who.int - Physical activity fact sheet for young people
www.sportcanterbury.org.nz/South-Canterbury-Region - What is happening in the South Canterbury Region
www.ana.org.nz - Activity & Nutrition Aotearoa (ANA)’s purpose is to connect people and organisations engaged in the cause of improving the nation’s nutrition and physical activity. We do this by linking our members and the wider public health nutrition and physical activity workforce to news, events, research, and resources.