n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Healthy Active Kids South Africa : how do we score? : editorial

Volume 26, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



The Healthy Active Kids South Africa (HAKSA) was initiated in 2007 by Prof. Vicki Lambert of the University of Cape Town, South Africa (SA). The idea arose after she attended an international conference on Physical Activity and Obesity in Children in Toronto, Canada, and witnessed the impact that the release of the had in that country. On her return, she garnered the support of nine enthusiastic scientists from six tertiary academic institutions in SA, convinced Discovery Vitality and the Sports Science Institute of SA that it was a worthwhile project to support, and together they produced the first . Although this created media interest, it did not really translate into concerted action. Undeterred, the group repeated the exercise in 2010 - this time, there were 18 academics representing 10 institutions and NGOs. The scope was widened to include peer-reviewed literature, dissertations and government reports. The uptake this time was more promising, and the focus of the report was directed more toward intersectoral policies and programmes to try to effect change. In 2014, as part of the Global Summit on Physical Activity and Children, the team repeated their efforts, this time with 21 scientists from 15 academic institutions and NGOs. The additional outcomes of the 2014 report included an advocacy document and a peer-reviewed manuscript. The impact of the report is also going to be evaluated.

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