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In March/April 2011, Project Energize was formally evaluated. Results show that Energize delivers measureable improvements in the health of Waikato children.

Energize children’s health and fitness was compared with a range of national and regional data (control) by age group as well data collected being compared to previous evaluations done for Project Energize. 5110 children aged 6 to 11 years from 192 schools participated in the evaluation.  

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Findings of the 2011 formal evaluation

  

Energize children run faster than comparison groups of the same age

       

Ran 20 seconds (13%) faster compared to national data gathered for the same age groups between 2001 and 2007

 

Energize children have smaller waist circumferences than Waikato children measured in 2004 and 2006

   

Children weighed less and had a lower body mass index than Waikato children of the same age measured in 2004 and 2006. Waist measurements were substantially less than those measured in Waikato children of the same age measured in 2004 and 2006

 

A smaller proportion of Energize children were categorised as overweight or obese than comparison groups

   

Obesity rates at 3% less than the national average

 

Energize children are physically active

   

3000 questionnaires returned by parents and whanau of children showed 76% believed their children’s fitness had improved as a result of the programme

 

Schools make healthy changes to in-school nutrition and activity policy and practice because of the Energize programme

   

78% of schools reported improved quality of daily fitness

 

Energize is affordable

   

Energize costs $45 per annum per child – 22c per child per school day

 

Energize children have good knowledge and attitudes about healthy eating and activity

   

97.5% of 6 to 8 year olds in this study agreed water was healthy or very healthy
99% of 9 to 11 year olds thought healthy eating was somewhat or very important

 

Energize children have healthy eating and drinking habits

   

36% of children evaluated were Maori (this is a relatively high participation rate compared with previous child health studies)
3,030 household questionnaires to parents and whanau were completed (again a high response rate) and 30% of households responding were Maori


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