Sport & Recreation launches the 'I Choose To Be Active' campaign

NRD 2018 Launch

8 October 2018

The Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa this past Friday (05 October 2018) once again, hosted the successful National Recreation Day where it launched the 'I choose to be active campaign' with event taking place at the Union Building. The event saw over +\- 10 000 participants taking part in the event inclusive of public servants, cooperates and over 1000 kids.

The month of October has been declared International Walking Month by (TAFISA) which is, the Association for International Sport for All - of which, the Department of Sport and Recreation is an affiliate. TAFISA holds its Annual World Walking Day on the 4th and 5th of October every year.

The Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa launched the 'I choose to be active' wrist band with the objective of encouraging healthy lifestyle for all citizens. Ministry of Sport and Recreation SA took this opportunity and platform to encourage all South Africans during this month of October to choose to be active through active recreation and through walking. Ministry further informed all in attendance irrespective of age, of the health benefits associated with Walking.

In his address, Deputy Minister Gert Oosthuizen indicated that parents should do all in their powers to quell the notion of coach potatoes by encouraging kids to take part in outdoor activities and further take part in regular walks and exercises. "There is nothing wrong with playing with various gadgets however, regular exercise and outdoor activities contributes to a healthy mind and energetic child. Osteoporosis is now a disease which is being associated with kids sparked by lack of exercise or less outdoor activities. Parents should do all in their power to get their kids physically active", indicated Deputy Minister Gert C Oosthuizen.

"Active Recreation has nothing to do with regular payment of gym membership, by taking regular walks also plays a Tremendous role in getting physically active. As the Department of Sport and Recreation and in terms of the NDP, we have to ensure that by 2030, 50% of the population is physically active so to that we can eliminate lifestyle diseases", stated Minister Tokozile Xasa.

The National Recreation day event has been taking place since 2012 under the watchfull eye of Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa after being declared by cabinet and it has continued to gain annual momentum. All provinces as well have equally taken the Initiative under the guidance of the Department of Sport and Recreation to equally host their own National Recreation Day at the same time.

Various government departments also took part in the nationally hoasted NRD taking part in all activities on offer including aerobics, rumba, dance, cycling , Mkhukhu Function, Crawling Obstacles, Golf Put Put to name a few.

National Recreation Day will be followed by The annual Big Walk which has been taking place since 2012 and has grown from 3 800 participants to beyond 31 000 this year. Other government departments: Chief Justice Office, Department of Public Works, Trade and Industry, Presidency and various corporates are scheduled to be part on this annual event.

For more information about events of the department, members of the media can contact:

Mr. Mickey Modisane
Sport and Recreation South Africa
Chief Director: Marketing and Communications
Office Tel: 012 304 5159
Mobile Tel: 082 992 0101
Email: mickey@srsa.gov.za

Mr Vuyo Mhaga
Minister liaison Officer
012 304 5239
076 636 5193
Email: Mhagav@srsa.gov.za