Physiotherapy Students Coach School Children
The importance of exercise and eating healthy were emphasised to Grade 2 Cato Crest Primary School learners who were recently visited by a group of UKZN third-year Physiotherapy students.
The students spent the community service block of their Physiotherapy programme assisting folk at the Cato Manor Community Health Centre.
Situated near informal and formal housing, the Centre serves 70 000 people, according to the Department of Health.
The students organised a fun-filled educational programme with colourful posters for the school children with the aim of making the youngsters aware of the importance of exercise and healthy eating.
Prizes were awarded to learners during the question and answer session which followed poster presentations before they participated in a variety of games promoting active lifestyles.
Grade 2 teacher, Ms Thobeka Mbatha, said the children enjoyed the day’s programme and participating in physical activities.
‘We are trying to promote fitness through exercise,’ said student, Ms Fanelesibonge Msane.
Msane said: ‘The children have TV games and watch a lot of TV programmes so do not always get enough physical exercise and often become obese and susceptible to illness.
‘We saw it as an opportunity to do an exercise session with the kids and make it as much fun as possible. It was an amazing experience and we want to thank the principal and staff of the school for the opportunity,’ said Msane.