Disney dips in for good health

2016-09-01 06:00
Wonga Matshabane, Tshetu Simamkele, Nyaniso Mhayi and Mahonono Unam at Mfuleni Primary School, in Mfuleni, last Wednesday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Wonga Matshabane, Tshetu Simamkele, Nyaniso Mhayi and Mahonono Unam at Mfuleni Primary School, in Mfuleni, last Wednesday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Learners in Mfuleni Primary School were encouraged to promote a culture of exercises as part of a healthy programme last Wednesday.

Sporting Chance, which is a sports coaching and development organization, in collaboration with Sports Science Institute of South Africa and the Department of Basic Education are heading a Disney Healthy Happy Play programme 30 schools in four provinces.

The other three provinces are KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

The programme provides fun and creative tools for educators and students using Disney characters and stories as inspiration.

It is focusing on exercise and nutrition.

Bradlyn Stuurman, of Sporting Chance, said they do not only encourage learners to exercise, but their parents as well.

“We also leave sports packets which include skipping ropes and other equipments in schools. We also educate teachers about the exercises that they can do in classes. We focus on areas where we believe children eat mostly food with fat. A research done recently shows that children are becoming less active. We know that children know the Disney characters hence we use them. We keep contacts with the schools we visited,” Stuurman said.

Smamkele Tshetu, a Grade 3 learner at the school, said he enjoyed the exercises.

“I do not exercise at home, because I get busy with washing dishes. I am happy that they taught us ways of exercising. It was tough when we did it, but I enjoyed it. I will start exercising at home now. I will make time for it,” Tshetu said.

Bulelwa Mini, a Grade 3 teacher at the school, praised the programme.

“It will help the learners to stay fit. They must know that they have to exercise so they will lead a good healthy life. It promotes exercising even after school. The learners who struggle mostly academically excel in sport and they enjoy it. We are happy for the programme,” Mini said.

The programme, which kicked-off last wednesday, is set to run for three months.

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