Date Published: 13 Sep 2018 Categories: News
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Do you remember that feeling of anticipation as you waited to get your report card? The anxiety might have been related to cracking an A, improving your marks – or simply just passing!

With about 10 weeks to go – South Africans should all be feeling like this as we wait for our grades in the Healthy Active Kids South Africa (HAKSA) 2018 Report Card. Some twenty one months ago, our HAKSA 2016 Report Card, which built on the foundation of previous report cards from 2007, 2010 and 2014 gave us an overall C grade for our South African kids’ health- a slight improvement from the dismal D grade in 2014. So what’s in store for us this year?


The HAKSA report card isn’t just a thumb-suck of what we “think” is going on with our kids’ health; it is developed by a scientific panel, comprised of academics and experts from 11 universities, the Medical Research Council, the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA and the Sports Science Institute of SA (SSISA) and it uses peer reviewed research findings from the last 3 years for grading purposes. Most importantly – it’s an advocacy document highlighting concerning trends in healthy eating and physical inactivity in South African kids, with the intention of mobilising change from national government policies to the family and school environment.


If you are reading this and thinking that it doesn’t pertain to you – you are wrong. The choices we make as South Africans influence each other – what we eat, whether we are physically active, our attitude towards our health and our lives – and to each other!  Over the years, the HAKSA scientific advisory has given us some ideas of how to improve SA kids’ health, and being a great role model is just one of them.  Hoping to positively influence change, the Sports Science Institute of SA (SSISA) has as part of its mission to improve the health and wellness of South Africans and we engage with partners who share this vision.  “Move for Your Health”- a World Health Organisation campaign – is one such initiative where we believe that great partnerships and healthy messaging can help improve the quality of lives of many.


In partnership with the Community newspapers, Western Province Cricket Club Running Section (WPCC), Woolworths, FUTURELIFE, SANParks and Claremont Rotary Club, we are hoping to inspire our locals from all walks of life to get moving. In weekly articles – we will bring you tips to become healthier and fitter. In an unfolding 6 week training programme, published in upcoming issues of the community newspapers, we will prepare you for your first 6km walk or run -which will have you fighting fit for the “Woolworths Move for your Health 6km walk/run in proud association with SANParks”. This 6km race forms part of the iconic 2018 Landmarks event, which also boasts a beautiful half marathon. It will take place on Sunday 4 November in Claremont, Cape Town,

SSISA, in conjunction with the event organisers, is instrumental in providing a wonderful opportunity for 600 learners and educators from schools in disadvantaged areas to participate in the Woolworths 6km walk/run sporting a brightly coloured T-shirt, as well as receiving a snack pack and a medal.

So grab your takkies, friends and kids, and let’s upgrade our lifestyles together. Schools – we are after you too! There is amazing prize money for schools who have the highest percentage participation at the Landmark’s 6km event. Contact us on move4health@ssisa.comand we will make sure your school gets all the information. Teachers, parents, family and the whole community – you are all welcome.


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
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