Community Health Intervention Programmes (CHIPS)

SSISA's Corporate Social Investment Programme

The Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) was founded on 4 November 1994 and set itself the goal of improving the sporting performance and health of all South Africans through the application, execution and dissemination of science. Key to the mission and vision of  SSISA are our social responsibility initiatives. SSISA believes in and is committed to building a healthy nation and has a number of social investment and outreach projects. Through our programmes and partners we are able to uplift marginalised communities and individuals.

The Community Health Intervention Programmes (CHIPs) was launched in 1997 in the Western Cape. The vision was to develop a programme that was sustainable in its ability to improve various communities’ participation in physical activity, enabling them to realise the health benefits of regular exercise. Thus the primary focus of the programme is to enable, educate and encourage previously disadvantaged communities to participate in physical activity for recreational and health benefits.

The CHIPs programme has run successfully since its inception in 1997, touching the lives of over 10000 people in the Western Cape, from children to senior citizens. We have opened 36 community branches and have trained over 200 community leaders to teach exercise in a group-based environment. Using the “train-the-trainer” model, the programme empowers and allows skills to be developed in the community to ensure long term sustainability. It is unique because it works only in the previously disadvantaged communities and has projects which target all ages.

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CHIPs PROGRAMMES

Live it up:
Older Adults (+60 years)

Live-It-Up is offered twice a week in 16 communities to persons of 60 years and older at community centres, senior clubs or places of worship...

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Live-It-Up is offered twice a week in 16 communities to persons of 60 years and older at community centres, senior clubs or places of worship reaching about 800 senior citizens. CHIPs guides participants through predominantly seated exercise to improve their muscle strength and balance. An education component focuses on disease management and coping with the challenges associated with ageing.

Live-It-Up leaders are trained up by the CHIPs team to implement the seated exercises to their respective communities.

OptiFit Outreach:
Adults (15 – 65 years)

OptiFit Outreach is offered twice a week to individuals between the ages of 15 and 65 at a centrally placed venue in the community. Members...

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OptiFit Outreach is offered twice a week to individuals between the ages of 15 and 65 at a centrally placed venue in the community. Members participate in walking, running, aerobics and indoor circuit training. The programme is currently offered in 12 communities and reaches more than 700 adults. They are also given an opportunity to utilise the Fitness Centre at the Sports Science Institute or the Gym @ Old Mutual at no cost on Saturdays.

HealthNutz:
Children (Foundation phase)

The HealthNutz programme is currently implemented in 7 primary schools and 11 Educare centres which impact more than 2900 children mainly in the...

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The HealthNutz programme is currently implemented in 7 primary schools and 11 Educare centres which impact more than 2900 children mainly in the Western Cape and parts of East London and Durban. The programme consists of HealthNutz Prep (4-5years) and HealthNutz Junior (6-10 years) which is funded through the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. It targets children aged 4-10 years old who are introduced to fun, non-competitive physical activity twice a week. The children learn gross and fine motor skills which is crucial at a young age.

Teachers on the Move

Teachers on the Move is a 6-month intervention programme funded by Woolworths and designed to promote healthy lifestyles in schools by encouraging...

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Teachers on the Move is a 6-month intervention programme funded by Woolworths and designed to promote healthy lifestyles in schools by encouraging increased physical activity and healthy eating of our educators. We currently have 8 schools on our legacy programme based in Cape Town. After the 6-month intervention period was completed, champions were chosen at the schools to be trained up to implement the exercise sessions and are now known as Legacy schools. Teachers on the Move Johannesburg just kicked off. Four schools were chosen in Johannesburg to take part in the 6-month intervention and are currently doing well with their implementation.

HOW OUR CHIPs PROGRAMMES ARE IMPLEMENTED IN THE COMMUNITIES

LIVE IT UP:

Leaders of the branches are trained up by the CHIPs team to implement the exercises in their respective communities. The education component focusses on chronic disease prevention and lifestyle management. Blood pressure, resting and exercising heart rate are monitored regularly.

Refresher training is done at least once a year at the community centres with leaders practising exercises and taking blood pressure.

Monitoring Sessions:

A monitoring specialist from the CHIPs office monitors each branch at least once a month to see if community leaders are implementing the exercises.

OPTIFIT OUTREACH:

Leaders of the branches are trained up by the CHIPs team to implement the exercises in their respective communities.
The education component focusses on chronic disease prevention and lifestyle management. Height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, resting and exercising heart rate are monitored regularly.

Refresher training is done twice a year to keep the leaders up to date with the implementing of exercises in the community and to build up their confidence in delivering the best programme possible.

Monitoring Sessions:

An ambassador or representative from the office monitors a branch at least once a month to see if leaders are implementing the exercise sessions correctly. They will then report back to the office if there are any issues that need to be resolved within the branch.

HEALTHNUTZ:

Teachers from the schools and crèches are trained up by the CHIPs team on both theory and practical components. The teachers then implement the activities to their class on either a daily basis or twice a week at a specified time during the school timetable.

Refresher training is done twice a year at the schools with the teachers coming together with the CHIPs team to brush up on any areas of the programme that need improvement.

Monitoring Sessions:

A HealthNutz representative from the office monitors the schools and crèches once a week to see if teachers are implementing the sessions.

TEACHERS ON THE MOVE:

Before the implementation of exercise takes place, all teachers complete a fitness assessment where they are tested on height, weight, blood pressure, hip and waist measurements and a 12 minute motion. Testing is done before and after the implementation to measure improvements of fitness levels.

Monitoring Sessions:

Implementation of exercises which is led by the CHIPs team is done once a week at the school. Teachers receive logbooks at the start of the programme to encourage them to track their physical activity throughout the week.

PROGRAMME PARTICIPANTS

ProgrammesNo. of groupsNo. of ParticipantsNo. of leadersAverage Age% Male%Female
HealthNutz1829647594060
OptiFit Outreach8861323818.381.7
Live It Up16936347413.686.4

REACH

The CHIPs project has run successfully since its inception in 1997, touching the lives of over 10 000 people in the Western Cape, from children to older adults. Over the past 20 years, CHIPs has shown a sustainable impact on participation in physical activity in the communities. The groups have the support and commitment of community leaders and the community in general, with a strong sense of ownership. We look forward to many more years of serving and empowering communities across the Western Cape.


For more programme information, contact Juandre Davids on:

021 - 659 5608 jdavids@ssisa.com