The news healthy living programme in schools will have more than 600 students from Year 9 to 13 taking part.
Sports development officer Pomare Pittman said the purpose of this seven-week programme was to educate the youth of the Cook Islands on healthy living and the importance of an active lifestyle.
It would focus on different aspect of healthy living including food choices, sugar, processed foods, balanced diets, meal portions and hydration, as well as warm-up and game-day meals and preparation.
“This will be combined with quick rip rugby which serves as the exercise component of the programme as well as a development tool for rugby union,” Pittman said.
“Teaching the basic skills of rugby which will hopefully translate into more future rugby players from the Cook Islands, both men and women.”
The programme is a combined effort of Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee, Cook Islands Rugby Union, New Zealand Rugby and Oceania Rugby