Pita Pit Rotorua showed their support for a healthier community by donating 300 delicious Pita for children to eat at the launch of Healthy Families Rotorua.
The edible initiative is part of the Government’s ‘Healthy Families NZ’ that aims to improve people’s health where they live, learn, work and play.
Pita Pit Rotorua owner Phil Haines said they fully supported the initiative and wanted to do their part for the community.
We believe kids need to have some healthy alternatives from fast food. We get a real thrill when kids drag their parents into our shop and tell them we are now their favourite take-away. If we can get these young kids changing their habits and eating healthy, they will be the new great example, ” he said.
Pita Pit Rotorua provide school lunches for St Mary’s and Lynmore Primary and might do more schools.
“We’re trying to influence primary aged children because in 10 years time, they will be the ones that change things in our society.”
Healthy Families Rotorua is made up of a dedicated prevention workforce that is tasked with bringing community leaders together in a united effort to prevent chronic disease.
Manager Leanne Morehu said their prevention team would be working with key individuals and organisations to identify, design and implement changes in local schools, workplaces and communities to help people make healthier choices and live healthier lives.
She said the goal was for early childhood centres, schools, workplaces, food outlets, sports clubs, marae, businesses, places of worship, local governments and health professionals to all play their part in supporting families and communities to eat well, be physically active, smoke-free and to only drink alcohol in moderation.
“Healthy Families Rotorua is about thinking bigger, driving innovation and supporting good health in the places where people spend their time.”
Healthy Families Rotorua was recently launched by Minister of Health, Honorable Dr Jonathan Coleman at Rotorua Primary School.
Support was also given by Stone Soup Caravan, Zespri, Tane Takitu Ake, Treikura Maori Performing Arts and Freefit Rotorua.
Rotorua Review | Amy Childs | Photo cap: The Minister of Health, Honorable Dr Jonathan Coleman enjoys a Pita Pit with Rotorua Primary School students at the launch of Healthy Families Rotorua.