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Project Activate - a health programme initiative

  • 20 Sep 2017

Project Activate was a health initiative project as part of the 2016 New Zealand International Science Festival, in Dunedin, New Zealand, and made possible thanks to the governments' Unlocking Curious Minds initiative.

Project Activate equips young Pasifika students to make lifelong healthy choices by learning about the science of good health. The week-long holiday programme provided a rich environment for the kids to explore new ideas and skills, and try out a wide range of really interesting things, from experiments in a food science lab to learning how to read food labels at the supermarket and swimming in a flume at the speed of an Olympic swimmer. They also invented healthy recipes, measured heart rates, and got their families involved too.

Key partners where involved, including the National Science Challenges, Pacific Island Community Trust, Rebecca Wilson Nutrition, Otago Polytechnic, University of Otago.

The movie also provides background to the types of health issues we’re facing globally that are closely related to our lifestyles (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers), the scale of the obesity problem in New Zealand, particularly the impact for Pasifika communities, what activities the kids got into, and of course what they thought!

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