Active Families

Health, Fitness and Nutrition for the whole Family
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David Catherwood

David Catherwood

Community Support Advisor - 022 658 3305

Email:  Phone: (09) 415 4656

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Supporting Families with Children from 5 to 12 years 

 What is Active Families

Assists families of overweight and obese children to become more active, gain nutrition knowledge and become involved in regular activity (sport). Families receive support through weekly activity sessions that build skills for sport and increase confidence levels around being active. Specific nutrition knowledge is delivered in a fun and entertaining way. The family also receives in-home visits to get support on nutrition knowledge, activity time, screen time and BMI for the child.

Health Professionals:  Active Families Referral Form
Self-Referral:   Active Families Self Referral Form

Active Families aims to improve family’s attitudes toward physical activity through fun physical activity experiences as well as introducing them to healthy food options and teach them to make healthy food choices.


Healthy Kids
  • Aged 5 – 12 years
  • Geographical boundaries: North Shore, Rodney and Hibiscus Coast
  • Must be available to attend activity sessions on Wednesday’s 5pm at Northcote Baptist Church
  • Currently inactive (less than 5 hours per week)
  • Have a stable medical/ mental condition that could benefit from regular physical activity.
  • Family is ready to make changes to their lifestyle and consents to being referred

Referrals can be by self-referral (please contact Active Families staff directly), your general practice team (doctor or practice nurse), or any other health professional.

Programme Details

Active Families activity sessions are based at Northcote Baptist Church,67 Eban Avenue, Hillcrest

Referrals for 2017 are now welcome!


Try this nutrition website and these downloads for families:

Health Promotion Agency (HPA) Reducing Childhood Obesity Campaign and website launched 12th November

The campaign, Big Change Starts Small, aims to raise awareness and generate conversations about childhood obesity in New Zealand and encourages New Zealanders to make small changes to improve their diet and to be more active.

There are some resources and interesting articles on the Eat Move Live website and some pretty cool sports players as endorsements. This information is important for our communities.

Read more about Big Change Starts Small

For more information please contact:

Liz Golding – Green Prescription / Active Families Manager
Phone: (09) 415 4659
Mobile: 027 495 1906

David Catherwood – Active Families Support Person
Phone: (09) 415 4656
Mobile: 022 658 3305

Alternately health professionals such as GP’s, Pediatricians or Practice Nurses can refer you, just ask your doctor for more information.

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