Government employees led by example when they took part in activities promoting a healthy lifestyle. Photo: Mzamane Ringane.

Walking for a healthy lifestyle


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Members of the general public and civil servants took part in a fun walk hosted by the Waterberg Department of Health.

This was part of the broader healthy lifestyle awareness activities held across the country last week.

The event was hosted by the Waterberg Department of Health at Modimolle on Wednesday, 21 February. 

The fun walk commenced on the premises of the Waterberg District’s Department of Health offices, and concluded at the local shopping centre, Modi Mall.

As part of the broader day of fun, participants also took part in aerobics. 

The purpose of the awareness campaign was to encourage locals to live a healthy lifestyle. 

Participants were reminded that eating healthy food must be coupled with other activities such as daily exercise, and spending quality time with their families. 

The department’s manager of non-communicable diseases, Edith Maleka, said it was important for public servants to lead by example and commit themselves to healthy living. 

“We usually spread awareness in our communities, but this time around we thought it would be more significant if we take action and lead by example,” she said.  

Deputy Director for nutrition, Fredah Mashilo, emphasised that a balanced diet must always be coupled with physical activity. 

“Eating healthy does not have to be expensive. It is a matter of understanding the concept, in terms of how one should eat. Balancing your meal with vegetables, coupled with protein and carbohydrate-rich food yields better results,” she said. 

Physiotherapist Ntsako Maswanganyi said being involved in physical activities had many benefits, including the decreased risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, colon cancer and depression.

“It will also be easier to motivate your children to be physically active, if you are already active as a parent.  We need to have physically active children in order to manage among other challenges, childhood obesity which is rising,” Maswanganyi said.

3 months ago       01 March 2018