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Virtual adventure removes borders for kids

STUDENTS from 250 primary and intermediate schools across the country, including Patutahi School and Waikirikiri School, are embarking on a healthy, around-the-world journey.

The students will take part in a five-week Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure, which promotes the importance of eating well, exercising and taking care of the environment.

Students from 760 classrooms will earn points for healthy habits like drinking more water, eating fruit and vegetables and minimising screen time, which will help them virtually travel to eleven different locations across the globe.

Kim Harvey, founder of the Young and Healthy Charitable Trust and Virtual Adventure, is delighted to start the adventure and share the foundations of good health with this year's participants.

“The Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure is designed to support children to care for their health and wellbeing, and influence their families to get involved too,” says Ms Harvey.

“Research shows us the foundations of good health are formed in the first 10 years of a child's life, so it's important we find ways to engage children so they understand what it feels like when they make healthy choices.”

Support from organisations like principal sponsor Zespri and global lifestyle brand ASICS means all 20,000 children can participate free of charge.

Participants will be encouraged by ASICS ambassadors Ardie Savea, Kane Williamson, Ameliaranne Ekenasio and Samantha Charlton.

“ASICS is excited to be involved in the Adventure, given it aligns so well with our desire to help New Zealanders discover a world of movement,” says ASICS New Zealand's Jason Niles.

“We're looking forward to surprising some children with new ASICS shoes, which we know will support their efforts during the adventure.”

Zespri CEO Dan Mathieson says Zespri is proud to support the adventure and the benefits it's set to bring to children and their families nationwide.

“We're thrilled to encourage 20,000 children to look after their physical and mental health and wellbeing for life.”

“It encourages and empowers our youngest New Zealanders to embrace their health and wellbeing and introduces important issues like sustainability and biosecurity, which are critical to our industry and reflect values that are at the core of Zespri's identity.”

digital destination: The Shinjuku shopping district of Tokyo is one overseas destination students can tour virtually in the Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure.Picture supplied