Today, the Healthy Active Kids South Africa (HAKSA) 2018 Report Card was released – the 5th such Report Card since 2007 for South Africa. South Africa joins 48 other countries in producing such a Report Card as part of the Global Matrix 3.0 for for Children and Youth, led by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance.
What is the Healthy Active Kids South Africa 2018 Report Card?
The HAKSA 2018 Report Card reports on the most recent and best available research evidence relating to the physical activity and nutrition of South African children and adolescents (3-18 years old). Grades are given for a range of indicators that tell us how well our children and adolescents are doing in these categories.
These indicators include health behaviours as well as environmental factors that influence these behaviours. The table below provides a full list of the different grade categories and indicators included in the HAKSA 2018 Report Card.
|Overall physical activity
Early childhood physical activity
Organised sport participation
Early childhood sedentary behaviour*
Family and peers
Community and environment
|Fruit and vegetable intake
Snacking, sugar-sweetened beverages, dietary sodium, fast food intake
School tuck shops
National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP)
Advertising and media
Early childhood overweight, obesity and undernutrition
*Sitting behaviour, which includes screen time
What do the HAKSA Report Cards hope to achieve?
This idea behind the HAKSA Report Cards is to provide the latest evidence from South Africa to provide the basis on which to guide policy, develop programmes, and strengthen advocacy to create healthy environments and support healthy nutrition, physical activity and sedentary behaviours in South African children and adolescents. The HAKSA Report Cards are intended to be a tool in the hands of anyone with a vested interest in the health and wellbeing of our country’s children: parents/caregivers, school teachers and principals, early childhood development practitioners, health professionals, community workers, researchers and government officials.
How is the HAKSA Report Card put together?
The HAKSA Report Card is developed and produced by a scientific advisory group consisting of 30 academics and/or content experts from 14 institutions/organisations, with leaders for physical activity, nutrition, body composition and early childhood content groups, plus expertise in media and marketing.
|Catherine Draper (Co-leader)*||Wits University|
|Vicki Lambert (Co-leader)*||University of Cape Town|
|Sue Bassett*||University of the Western Cape|
|Cora Burnett||University of Johannesburg|
|Candice Christie||Rhodes University|
|Caylee Cook||University of Cape Town|
|Colleen Cozett||University of the Western Cape|
|Monique de Milander||University of the Free State|
|Anniza de Villiers||Medical Research Council|
|Harry Dugmore||Rhodes University|
|Mieke Faber||Medical Research Council|
|Janetta Harbron*||University of Cape Town|
|Soezin Krog||University of South Africa|
|Salome Kruger||North-West University|
|Tamarin Liebenberg*||Sports Science Institute of SA|
|Zandile Mchiza||University of the Western Cape|
|Kathy McQuaide*||Sports Science Institute of SA|
|Shelly Meltzer||Sports Science Institute of SA|
|Lisa Micklesfield||Wits University|
|Andries Monyeki*||North-West University|
|Niri Naidoo||University of Cape Town|
|Rowena Naidoo||University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Anita Pienaar||North-West University|
|Alessandra Prioreschi*||Wits University|
|Thandi Puoane||University of the Western Cape|
|Simone Tomaz*||University of Cape Town|
|Bianca Tromp||Heart and Stroke Foundation SA|
|Maya van Gent||University of Fort Hare|
|Cheryl Walter*||Nelson Mandela University|
|Estelle Watson||Wits University|
*Steering Committee members
Searches were conducted for research articles published from January 2016-September 2018 on physical activity, sedentary behaviour, nutrition, and overweight in children and adolescents (3-18 years old) from South Africa were conducted. Just over 62 articles were found, and were then reviewed by members of the scientific advisory group, and then summarised for each indicator. Grades were then discussed by the scientific advisory group until consensus was reached, and the final report was put together that included a rationale for each grade.
Interested to know how South African children and adolescents did on the HAKSA 2018 Report Card? Click here for the full report.