move for your health profileGet your school moving at the MySchool Move for your Health 6 km Fun Run/Walk on 30 October 2016.

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The Move for Health campaign forms part of the roll-out of global and national strategies on diet, physical activity and health and encourages all South Africans to take responsibility for their health, by engaging in cost effective physical activities such as walking, regular exercise and other extramural activities.  Annually – as a means of creating some incentivized fun around this campaign - the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) in partnership with the Western Province Cricket Club (WPCC) Running Club and several other partners - hosts the MySchool Move for your Health 6km Fun Run/Walk which forms part of the Landmarks event. This year the event will be staged on Sunday, 30 October 2016 and it is preceded by a 6 week educational campaign, some fun activations and a weekly training programme for up and coming athletes to follow.

As a means of encouraging learners from participating schools to “Move for their Health” at the event, very generous prize money will be awarded to schools that have the highest number of entrants relative to the size of their school in the ADT/Woolworths Schools Mass Participation Competition. There are prizes for small and large schools, as well as one for a school new to the race that has the highest percentage of finishers.

2016 MySchool Move for your Health 6km Fun Run or Walk!

Sunday 30 October 2016

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The Landmarks half marathon which includes the 6 km Fun Run/Walk, is an iconic event on the Western Cape running calendar. This year, it will be run in honour of Chet Sainsbury who passed away in February ‘16.  “Chet was the Two Oceans Marathon race director for 27 years which in itself is remarkable and only one of his many accomplishments. However, what our running community will always remember him for, is his giant heart and his desire to have kids from different backgrounds running and having fun together.” said Ted Vickery, Club Chairman of the WPCC Running Section.

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In conjunction with the SSISA,  Mr. Sainsbury was instrumental in bringing together partners like the City of Cape Town to sponsor transportation for learners from disadvantaged areas. This year the partners include Momentum Multiply who will sponsor busses to transport learners from across the city to the event. “Without his help, there are a number of kids in this province who would never have had the opportunity to participate in an event like this and we will carry on his legacy with pride,” concluded Vickery.     

Wanting to have more of an impact on getting people physically active 365 days of the year, the SSISA develops a six week exercise and training programme and useful articles ahead of the 6km Fun Run/Walk on 30 October, to encourage all participants to get up and get active. It is published in the local Cape Community Newspapers and online.

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In an age where work and life seem to steal time away from kid’s physical activity, and screens are ever at hand, the weekly articles will include excellent insights from Dr Catherine Draper, of UCT’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine - with the intention of helping parents understand why and how kids should be physically active for physical, emotional, cognitive and educational gain.  We will also give you the hot off the press ratings of our South African kids’ health as found in the 2016 Healthy Active Kids South Africa (HAKSA) report card. Spear-headed by Professor Vicki Lambert of UCT’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, South Africa is one of 39 countries globally involved in producing this advocacy document. Based on peer-reviewed published research in the preceding five years - the 34 scientists evaluate and grade indicators such as Overall Physical Activity, Organized Sport Participation, Active Play, Active Transportation, Sedentary Behaviour, Family and Peers, School, Community and the Built Environment and Government Strategies and Investments.

Says the Sports Science Institute of SA’s (SSISA) new CEO, Dr Phatho Zondi “The Move for Health initiative and the Healthy Active Kids Report Card SA (HAKSA) are of great importance to our country and speak directly to the strategic direction that our recently merged entity is taking. As SSISA and UCT’s Exercise and Sports Medicine Division continue to strengthen their partnership, our aim is to establish ourselves as leaders in the translation and application of research at community level“.