A healthy lifestyle increases life expectancy by up to seven years. According to a study published in Health Affairs, maintaining a normal weight, not smoking and not abusing alcohol can add healthy years to your life.
To play our part in raising awareness on health issues, our Mobile Health unit held a Healthy Lifestyle Walk on Friday at Hluhluwe, South Africa. The event was themed #HealthyBodyHealthyMind, encouraging the community to exercise their bodies more often and live a healthier lifestyle.
Walking the streets of Hluhluwe
The event composed of a 3 KM walk, followed by aerobics, health talks and medical screenings conducted by our Mobile Health Unit, with the assistance of the Hluhluwe local clinic.
Mobile Health Unit and Local clinic Conducting Health Screenings
On the day we had a special guest and Master of ceremonies, Mr Cebo Mthembu, better known as Officer Nyawo from Uzalo, a popular South African television soapie. He is also a radio presenter at Imbokodo Fm.
Mr Cebo Mthembu from Uzalo
Ms NP Ntshangase, Nutrition advisor from the Department of Health encouraged people to eat more vegetables and exercise regularly, saying “keep away from unhealthy foods as they shorten your life span.”
Local Councilor, Mr Nkwanyana, was also present on the day to show his support for Star for Life in promoting a healthier lifestyle. “We are grateful to have an organization such as Star for Life, that cares and empowers our youth with knowledge, skills and self-esteem they need, to make it possible for them to go for their dreams.” Said Councilor Nkwanyana.
Councilor Nkwanyana(in blue t-shirt) taking part in the walk.
The expected outcomes for this event are to prevent or manage various health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, strengthen bones and muscles and improve one’s balance and coordination.