Young learners from communities throughout Gauteng, including Soweto, Orange Farm, Midrand and Durban Deep, took part this past weekend, in the seventh Kellogg’s® Health of the Nation 50-Hour Sports Challenge. The event, which gets 5,000 young learners back ‘on the ball’ by keeping a ball in motion for 50 hours, took place at the Southern Suburbs Sport and Recreation Centre in Rosettenville, Johannesburg from Friday 25 until Sunday 27 January 2013.
The learners kept the ball rolling in up to 15 different indoor and outdoor sporting disciplines over the course of the three days and were exposed to a huge variety of sports, including cricket, tennis, hockey, rounders, table tennis, badminton, netball, soccer, rope skipping, athletics and touch rugby.
The Challenge originated following a study in 2004, which revealed that an alarmingly large percentage of South African children were already facing probable obesity-related health problems. The Challenge aims to kick-start an awareness of the importance of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle amongst South Africa’s youth as research has shown that children develop healthy habits by the age of 12. “If you’re not playing sport or leading an active and healthy lifestyle by then, the chances are that sport and physical activity will not feature in your adult life,” says event organiser Brad Bing of Sporting Chance.
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