Moving Waikato 2025 aims to better understand and improve our region’s physical activity and health.
In 2015, Sport Waikato published Moving Waikato 2020 Insights. This research showed that in 2015 the Waikato region:
- had the third least active adult population in New Zealand;
- had only 46% of adults meet the Ministry of Health’s Physical Activity Guidelines down from 54% in 2007
As a result of this research, key partners in the delivery of Moving Waikato 2025 aim to have 54% of adults in our region meet the Physical Activity Guidelines by 2025, returning our community’s physical activity levels to 2007 results. The Physical Activity Guidelines recommend (5 times a week, 30 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity) undertaken for the purposes of sport, exercise or recreation to achieve a positive health outcome.
As part of this aim, Sport Waikato is collaborating with Local Authority partners, Sport New Zealand and Nielsen in the delivery of Active New Zealand a survey into the trends of participation in sport, exercise and recreation. Active New Zealand aims to report participation results at a national and regional level. In 2017, key partners have increased the Waikato region’s sample size to review community participation at a district level. The survey responses will then be analysed at both a national, regional and district level to provide insights into Waikato residents’ participation in physical activity across different groups (ethnicity, age, gender).
“District-level research findings from Active New Zealand will increase our understanding of physical activity in the Waikato region, and will enhance the collective ability of partners to develop targeted programmes to help meet the intended goals of Moving Waikato 2025. Ultimately, the provision of quality, reliable research will enhance the sector’s ability to make a positive impact on the lives of the people of the Waikato by increasing their physical activity levels in sport, exercise and recreation.” Janette Brocklesby, Research Lead (Community Sport), Sport New Zealand.