Healthy Active Kids South Africa 2018 Report Card

Healthy Active Kids South Africa 2018 Report Card

Date Published: 27 Nov 2018 Categories: News
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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.


Physical Activity Nutrition
Overall physical activity

Early childhood physical activity

Organised sport participation

Active play

Active transportation

Sedentary behaviours*

Early childhood sedentary behaviour*

Physical fitness

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)

Vegetable gardens

Food security

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.

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