Move for Health Article 6: Outdoor Magic in the TMNP for Our Cape Town Youngsters

Date Published: 18 Oct 2018 Categories: News
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We are just weeks away from launching the Healthy Active Kids South Africa (HAKSA) 2018 Report Card where we review our South African children’s health. In the 2016 report card, it was found that less than half of children play sport and do Phys Ed at school and that often it’s related to environments not being conducive to being active. It also showed that community initiatives and park upgrades are associated with greater physical activity.

 

As we upgrade our lifestyles and train for the “Woolworths Move for your Health event in proud association with SANParks” on 4 November, it’s good to focus on initiatives that are making a difference.  One of these is the “Kids in Parks Programme” that SANParks have been running for a number of years. Approved by the Department of Education, this “outdoor classroom programme” brings 500 children from 10 schools onto a 3-day/2-night sleep-over environmental experience in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) annually.  Ahead of this outing – SANParks also does pre- training with the teachers so they are empowered to assist with the facilitation of the programme.

 

The children visit Cape Point, Boulders, Newlands Forest and Table Mountain. Says Saskia Marlowe, the TMNP Hospitality Services, Film and Events Manager –“the additional benefits of the programme are multi-fold. By engaging with schools in the communities sharing a boundary with us, we aim to enhance access to our National Parks, develop a love for green spaces, strengthen environmental education in the curriculum, foster goodwill and build relationships and partnerships”.

 

By letting school children experience the beautiful environment, SANParks expects their families to be encouraged to spend time in the park and hopefully get fitter in the process. Research has found that the fitter the family becomes, the more they explore and appreciate the diversity of what the park have to offer. “Kids in Parks” also hopes to instill in youth the desire to conserve these beautiful spaces in years to come.

Oranjekloof Primary School, close to Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, is one school that will be benefitting from Kids in Parks early next year. A further treat for 55 learners from the school – is an opportunity to take part in the 6km event early November and they are in training – as we hope all the readers are – with the event less than three weeks away.

 

Held in partnership with the Community newspapers, Western Province Cricket Club Running Section (WPCC), Woolworths, FUTURELIFE, SANParks and Claremont Rotary Club, we remind schools that we are offering cash prizes for both large and small schools claiming the title of the highest percentage of learners completing the “Woolworths Move for your Health event in proud association with SANParks” on 4 November. Contact us on move4health@ssisa.com and we will make sure your school gets the information.

 

Week 5

22 -28 Oct

RUNNING PROGRAMME # repeats WALKING PROGRAMME

(in step count or time)

Warm-up 5 min WALK  EVERY SESSION 5 min WALK  EVERY SESSION
Mon 15 min jog/ 2 min walk

2 min jog/ 2 min walk

Rest 15 min jog/ 2 min walk

2 min jog/ 2 min walk

Tues Rest 5400 steps / 45 min Rest
Wed 25 min jog/ 2 min walk

5 min jog/ 2 min walk

Rest 25 min jog/ 2 min walk

5 min jog/ 2 min walk

Thurs Rest 4200 steps / 35 min Rest
Fri 20 min jog/ 2 min walk

2 min jog/ 2 min walk

Rest 20 min jog/ 2 min walk

2 min jog/ 2 min walk

Sat Rest 6000 steps / 50 min Rest
Sun BRISK 30 min walk 4800 steps / 40 min (pick

up pace for last 10 mins!)

BRISK 30 min walk

 

Event details

Race date Sunday 4 November 2018
Start times 6km 06h45
Registration (individuals) 05h00
COMPULSORY Pre-registration

Schools Mass Participation Competition

Thursday 25 October and Friday 26 October 2018 from 15h00 until 17h30.

SSISA, Boundary Road, Newlands

15h00 – 17h30
Event information SSISA
SSISA information  move4health@ssisa.com www.ssisa.com

 

By: Kathleen Mc Quaide Sports Science Institute of South Africa, Strategic, Media & Sponsorship Manager

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