MORE than 4000 public servants across all sectors and community members across Bokone Bophirima province took part in Move for Health Day celebration on Wednesday. Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government spokesperson, Brian Setswambung said the initiative was aimed at promoting physical activities, healthy and diet.
Move for Health Day was launched in 2002 by the World Health Organisation and is celebrated annually. Setswambung said the Move for Health Day activity coincided with the beginning of the monthly provincial Setsokotsane 10-by-10 Campaign.
“The campaign seeks to promote healthy living and raising awareness on obesity. We are working in collaboration with the provincial departments of Health, Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs as well as Education and Sport Development in coordinating the celebration of the Provincial Move for Health Day.
“We declared this day an official public service sport and recreation day. This is in line with the provincial government’s policy on Employee Health and Wellness and the overarching National Development Plan 2030. The NDP has also put health as one of its priorities. The involvement generates public awareness on the benefits of physical activities to prevent non-communicable diseases too,” he said.
Setswambung said there were many activities like fun walk, fun run, aerobics and recreational games. He further said the exhibitions aimed at promoting good nutrition and the benefit of physical activities.
“Exercising contributes immensely towards increasing lifespan and productivity. We will continue to urge private sector to come on board because government alone cannot manage. We need to work together to ensure that we participate in changing the lives of our people through this initiative. The provincial government also took a resolution that from each 10th of the month until the 20th, public servants and communities will embark on an outreach programme and participate in exercising.
“We also want to applaud the Justice department for taking this opportunity and deliberate on racism, abuse and domestic violence issues. Unfortunately, we have experienced racial attacks across the province recently. However, through initiatives like this, we will unite our people despite their backgrounds, race, gender and colour,” he said.
Mahumapelo will visit embattled Coligny to launch Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal Forum. Setswambung said the programme will assist to bring tranquillity at the area after unrest.
“There is a need for social cohesion, unity in diversity and the need to co-exist as South Africans.”
One of participants, Euclid Tsunke who is deaf said he enjoyed being part of the initiative. Tsunke is a senior admin clerk at Social Development department.
“To be honest this day is great which gives me some rest and need to take all stress away after hard work. Our government has done enough to assist those who are disable. However, I still believe that more can be done to improve communication between disabled and normal people. My wish is to see all my colleagues being fluent in sign language in order to communicate easily,” Tsunke said.
Another participant from Justice Department, Malepa Medupe said: “Our bodies were meant to move. Our bodies actually crave exercise and regular exercise is necessary for physical fitness and good health. It reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. It can improve your appearance and delay the aging process.”