The Healthy Heroes programme was the brainchild of Laury Sinclair, a member of the Rotary Club of Wellington North, who, with that club, researched and developed the programme, which is based on the policies of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education as well as Sport & Recreation NZ.
The objective was to improve the health and well-being of young children, at the same time safeguarding them against the threats of being overweight, obese, and type 2 diabetes.
The programme involves physical, mental and social/emotional challenges represented by five named characters.
Healthy Heroes is a team effort between the school, parents/caregivers and Rotary. It is a flexible programme which can be implemented in whichever way teachers think is best.