Healthnutz enables and encourages learners from previously-disadvantaged communities to participate in physical activity.

The main social issue addressed by the project is the cognitive development of learners, particularly in school readiness, executive function at the preschool level, and higher-order executive functions. These aspects of cognitive development are foundational for the development of literacy and numeracy skills in school-age children. 

The HealthNutz programme is currently implemented in schools and crèches in the Western Cape. The programme consists of HealthNutz Prep (ages 4-5 years) and HealthNutz Junior (ages 6-9 years), introducing participants to fun, non-competitive physical activity twice a week. The children learn gross and fine motor skills that are crucial at this age. 

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