UKZN MASTERS STUDENTS AT WORLD LEISURE CONGRESS IN ITALY

UKZN MASTERS STUDENTS AT WORLD LEISURE CONGRESS IN ITALY

Masters students Mr Mdu Rhini and Mr Riyaz Vawda attended the 12th World Leisure Congress in Rimini in Italy where they presented their research before leading international leisure scientists.

The congress - which focused on economic, territorial, industrial and socio-cultural transformations under the theme: Leisure and Transformation - united academics, educators, students, researchers, professionals, government officials, and representatives from non-governmental organisations in the field of leisure, recreation, tourism, and sports

Representatives discussed academic, social, industrial and political issues and concerns.

Also part of the World Leisure Congress’s new Future Leaders Programme, Rhini and Vawda were congratulated by UKZN Leisure Sciences Lecturer, Ms Maliga Naidoo, who is President of the Leisure and Recreation Association of South Africa (LARASA) and Board Member for the World Leisure Organisation.

Naidoo said the programme would groom 40 international students to sit on the Board of World Leisure.

Rhini’s study investigated lifestyle risk factors that contribute to non-communicable diseases in rural areas. He said the African continent was no longer considered safe from diseases of affluence and his research was inspired by the persistent rise in obesity and its national coverage determination.

Vawda conducted an investigation of urban parks and playgrounds which promote healthy lifestyles among children. ‘Due to the constant advancement in technology and lack of park and playground facilities children are not getting the physical activity levels necessary for a healthy development,’ said Vawda.

His study confirmed parks and playgrounds had an important role to play in promoting a healthier and more active lifestyle. Vawda believes in promoting healthy lifestyles from a young age.

Both Rhini and Vawda are set on doing their PhDs at UKZN.

Rhini is involved in soccer while Vawda represented South Africa in the Karate Championship held in Japan in 2008.

They train regularly in the gymnasium at UKZN and said aside from stress relief and boosting energy levels, daily exercise prevents diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases.


author email : memelal@ukzn.ac.za