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Latest InitiativesView all Initiatives​​​​ - FIT (Frequent Individual Training)​​During the Sport Science course the students have an elective module - Applied kinesiology 324 and 344. This module focuses on physical activity for persons with disabilities and disability sport. During this module the students are required to work with clients from the community in groups of 2-3 to design intervention programmes that will enhance the clients health and wellness. The population groups are screened and cleared for physical activity. All clients have a recognized disability (various disabilities) and the age ranges from children to the elderly. All clients live within a 50km radius of Stellenbosch. Adapt2move (the students under supervision and guidance) commit to at least 18 individual training sessions per semester (36 hours in total per year) at no cost to the client. Facilities are provided by the Deparment Sport Science as well as Maties Gymnasium (collaboration between us). The programme asks the client to commit to this number of sessions. The sessions form part of the students engaged teaching and learning that is evaluated through indivudal reflections and group case study presentations to the class. 1610 Health and Wellness​We offer physical activity opportunities to people (adults) with disabilities in different communities within the Western Cape. Sessions take place one to twice a week for an hour each. Sesisons are run by a Biokineticist, Biokinetics students in training and trained community members. We work with the group as a whole in our exercise prescription and focus on the main components of health related firness such as cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle strength and endurance and flexibility. We also include functional exercises that enable individuals to better navigate and complete activities of daily living. Our students also work with specific individuals in our sessions where warranted and offer assistance to those beneficiaries that are unable to for example complete the full range of motion of an exercise without assistance. Additional to our more structured exercise sessions we also offer fun sessions where some of the members run the session and do a quad rugby or aerobics session with the group. We also do educational talks on various topics such as; what are chronic and secondary conditions and best ways to manage and reduce these conditions, how manage and reduce stress etc. We work with various NPO's in these communities to offer our beneficiaries a more holistic service. 1609’s Awareness & Discovery Days for You (PADDY)​​The Parkinson’s Awareness & Discovery Days for You (PADDY) initiative aims to address the lack of understanding and support for Parkinson’s disease (PD) in South Africa through educational events and research collaboration. Aligned with Stellenbosch University's vision of health advancement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), PADDY seeks to raise awareness, support research, revitalize support groups, and engage students in social impact activities. PADDY plans three key events: a small activity on World PD Day, a Research Day in September, and a Public Awareness Day in November. These events will involve interactive sessions, presentations, and engagement with the PD community and researchers. With support from multidisciplinary research partners and societal organizations, PADDY aims to increase awareness, empower students through practical experience, and strengthen PD support networks. Expected impacts include improved national awareness of PD, holistic training for students, and empowerment of PD support groups for sustained community impact. PADDY also aims to secure external funding and establish long-term partnerships for sustainability, fostering ongoing support and advocacy for Parkinson’s disease awareness and research in South Africa.1616 Exercise Clinic (PEC)The PEC is a social impact initiative that aims to improve access to physical activity education and movement and exercise therapy for children with conditions related to rheumatological, immunological and neurological conditions. The PEC is a collaborative effort between the Division of Movement Science and Exercise Therapy, and the Department of Paediatrics and Child-Health. It has a two-part approach: one aspect takes place at least once a week at Tygerberg Hospital during specific condition clinics (rheumatology, immunology or neurology, including neurodevelopmental) where paediatric patients can receive Biokinetics-related services, including evaluation and education on physical activity, movement and exercise interventions. Part two takes place at the Movement lab at the Division of Movement Science and Exercise Therapy in Stellenbosch, where patients can participate in specialized exercise interventions in a small group setting twice a week with the clinicians and honours students at the division.  The initiative provides biokinetics-related services to the public health sector, especially to individuals (patients themselves and their parents/caregivers) who cannot afford them or do not have access to such services and support. Additionally, it educates individuals on the importance of physical activity, how it can be beneficial to chronic conditions and how to implement it. The initiative also conducts research to understand and address evidence-based exercise interventions and evaluation methods, and barriers and benefits of physical activity of children with rheumatoid, autoimmune, and neurological conditions. Furthermore, the initiative offers learning and collaborative opportunities for Biokinetics students and interns, with other healthcare students, interns/doctors-in-training and providers/clinicians, such as Kinderkineticists and Paediatric doctors part of the Tygerberg Paediatrics units for Rheumatology, Immunology, and Neurology. 1606 vegetable garden to feed my family and my community​Food insecurity and malnutrition remain significantly high, particularly in the global south (Jensen & Orfila, 2021). Urbanisation (Urbanet, 2020), climate change, Covid-19 pandemic, price volatility of food products contributes towards food insecurity (Jensen & Orfila, 2021). Considering that 67.9% of South Africans currently reside in urban regions, it is argued that a significant number of urban households cannot afford to buy food (O'Connor, Boyle, Ilcan & Oliver, 2017). This project falls within the focus of community service with the aim of providing food security to various stakeholders. The aim of the vegetable garden is to produce nutrient dense vegetables, make them accessible and affordable to the consumers and hospitality entities of the Department of Defence in the West Coast. The long-term goal of this initiative is to encourage the Military Academy, SAS community and Middlepos Primary School to start vegetable gardens, as a way of improving food and nutrition security. It is the vision of the team that the Military Academy becomes a supplier of lettuce, spinach, onions and tomatoes, as we are currently far from reaching the Millenium Development Goal number 1: To end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030".​1607 Evidence-based Smartphone Management in High Schools to Promote Cognitive Control​​The project sets out to advance our understanding of the use and effects of smartphones in high schools in South Africa. Specifically, the project aims to address three primary objectives:  To investigate the interaction between smartphone use patterns, both within and outside school, and academic performance.   To investigate high school learners ’ behaviour and beliefs in terms of the regulation of smartphone use, both by themselves (i.e., smartphone self-regulation behaviour) and by external authorities (e.g., parents, teachers, school governing bodies, department of education etc).     To investigate the perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes of teachers and parents in relation to smartphone use by learners in high schools.   The project will adopt a mixed-methods approach to collect and analyse data addressing each of the three themes and aims to a) advance knowledge in this domain by publishing findings in the appropriate academic outlets and b) disseminate findings to school authorities to promote the development of meaningful and effective smartphone use policies.  ​1576

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