Communities and Community Groups

The Picture

  • Eighty percent of Pacific people belong to a church
  • Up to two-thirds of children belong to a sports club or a school sports team. Fewer girls participate, and participation decreases in adolescence.
  • Sport club membership is declining, especially for those in lower deciles and younger people. Cash-strapped community sports turn to 'Big Food' for sponsorship
  • Food and drink sold in sports venues and community events tend to be fast food and fizzy drinks
  • Community groups need support to strengthen their voices and make healthy changes.

The Plan

  • Healthy food can and should be available everywhere – churches, marae, leisure centres, sports clubs
  • Create opportunities for informal physical activity and recreation in parks and in schools
  • Sports clubs are an important setting for reaching Maori and Pacific youth. Similarly, Waka Ama and Kapa Haka can be culturally resonant settings for healthy nutrition and physical activity
  • Community leaders given support are more able to make real change on issues relevant to their neighbourhoods
  • Low decile neighbourhoods are the priority as they desperately need improved food and urban environments, given their higher levels of inactivity and weight.

Success in reducing obesity requires as many interventions as possible by a range of private and public sectors.