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A SUNDAY morning fun walk, of seven kilometres, is taking place at Elmond Molele Park, in Protea North, Soweto on Sunday, 24 June to launch the Healthy Living Lifestyle Campaign.

Health practitioners will set up stalls for checkups and tests for various illnesses, including tuberculosis, diabetes, HIV and related diseases.

The member of the mayoral committee responsible for health and social development, Nonceba Molwele, explained that the main focus would be on chronic diseases, such as blood pressure, diabetes and HIV.

A variety of health programmes would be contained within the Healthy Living Lifestyle Campaign, which would be rolled out in all seven regions of the City, she said. Regular educational workshops would be incorporated with physical activities to encourage people to exercise.

Molwele said the government could save a lot of money if people took charge of their health. “We need to inculcate the culture of healthy living. Some of the diseases can be stopped if people [are] health conscious. This means regular exercise and eating healthy food.

“In our programme for the year we are going to engage other stakeholders, including restaurant owners, to encourage and advise them to cook health meals. This is not a once-off initiative. We want to be continuous,” she added.

Registration forms for the walk are available at all City clinics, sport and recreation centres, social development centres, biokinetic centres and all regional offices of the City. For more information, contact Eddie Campell on 011 986 0108 / 0164.

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