262757 Wellbeing and Vitality in Education: An intersectoral framework to create and support healthy choices in education settings in South Canterbury, New Zealand

Monday, October 29, 2012

Daniel Williams, BA, MBChB, MPH, FNZCPHM , Community and Public Health Division, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand
WAVE (Wellbeing and Vitality in Education) is an intersectoral project supporting healthy values, skills and practices in the children and young people of South Canterbury, New Zealand. WAVE is based on a partnership between the education, health and physical activity sectors, and provides facilitators, specialist advice, cluster support, and professional development and resources for teachers. After five years, almost all education settings participate, from early childhood through to tertiary providers. Settings have completed annual process evaluations with their facilitators, as well baseline questionnaires and 2-year follow-up questionnaires exploring project impact. Process evaluation describes a diverse range of activities, including an increasing focus on Maori (indigenous) students' needs. Impact evaluation shows significant improvements in a range of ways that early childhood and primary settings complement the health curriculum with an environment supportive of healthy choices, including increased working with external agencies on physical activity and meeting staff professional development needs for physical activity and Sunsmart (early childhood), and staff working with external agencies on healthy eating, undertaking Sunsmart professional development, and having students able to identify healthy food options (primary). There were non-significant improvements in a wide range of other measures. WAVE is achieving a significant culture change in South Canterbury education settings.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe a successful intersectoral health promotion project involving 95% of education settings, from early childhood to tertiary, in South Canterbury, New Zealand. 2. Evaluate the processes and impact of the project's first five years.

Keywords: Health Promotion, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved in the WAVE (Wellbeing and Vitality in Education) Project since inception. I am the Medical Officer of Health for the South Canterbury District, New Zealand. I am well published on public health issues. The South Canterbury District Health Board serves about 55,000 people with approximately 950 staff and contractors. We have very wide responsibilities for publicly-funded health and disability services.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.