Our results

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