It's Youth Month and time to get your kids on their feet! From health checks to parkruns - there are loads of ways for kids to be active, stay healthy and do their bit in getting your family to Gold Vitality status this year.
Did you know that on average, South African children watch 3 hours of TV a day, with significant numbers watching 5 hours a day? Most also eat less than 1 portion of fruit or vegetables a day, although the recommended amount is 5. This is according to the 2016 HAKSA Report Card, which examines the health status of South African children and youth.
Unhealthy habits are robbing kids of reaching their potential
On a global scale, less than 20% of children and youth meet recommendations for physical activity. This research highlights worrying trends that rob kids of reaching their full potential. For the most part, healthy kids make for happy kids. Establishing good behaviours in your children when they're young means they're much more likely to stick with these attitudes and habits for life.
With this in mind, and in celebration of Youth Month, we're encouraging families to help kids look after their bodies, stay active, and earn those Vitality points! Here's more information on benefits and rewards for kids and teens, and below is a handy summary of ways kids can earn you Vitality points:
Take your kids for a Kids Vitality Health Check, an assessment which identifies any potential developmental issues your child may face.
Complete an online Kids Vitality Health Review on behalf of your child (younger than 18 years).
Kids aged three to five can go for one optometry preventative screening. Certain costs may apply and you will only earn the points once.
Each child (older than two and younger than 18 years) can go for a dental health check every year.
up to 100 points per gym visit
Kids 12 years and older can earn points for gym and up to 20 000 fitness points in total a year.
Kids six years and older can complete a parkrun to earn points. Make sure their parkrun profiles are linked to your Vitality membership.
Kids six years and older can complete a timed and verified race event or a Discovery-sponsored event. Events may have their own age restrictions so check them out before your kids enter.
Get Vitality points every time you take your baby or toddler up to the age of two for their vaccinations.
Protect your kids between the ages of four and seven by taking them for their childhood vaccinations.
Each child (6 months and older) can go for a flu vaccination once a year during March and September.
Male and female preteens to young adults (aged nine to 25) can go for a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to reduce the risk of certain cancers.
- 100 Vitality points for completing a 60 minute session
- 1 400 Vitality points for completing a 150 minute session
Your Vitality Age is a measure of how healthy you are relative to your actual age.
It measures all aspects of your wellness like exercise, nutrition and stress. Plus, completing the assessment can earn you 2 500 Vitality points!
Balls and bats, bands and mats – get brand new sports gear for less!
Whatever equipment you need to jazz up your training routine, spend less on it with Vitality HealthyGear. This benefit offers up to 25% cash back on a wide range of sportswear and equipment at Sportsmans Warehouse or Totalsports. Activate your HealthyGear benefit, or increase your cash back by doing a Vitality Fitness Assessment.
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