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Hundreds of City of Johannesburg employees will actively demonstrate the importance of embracing a healthy lifestyle when they take part in a 5km fun walk in Turffontein, southeast of Johannesburg, on Saturday October 11.

The Healthy Lifestyle Programme, initiated by Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau, seeks to encourage Johannesburg residents, including the City’s employees, to engage in physical activities such as running or walking and eating healthy to reduce the number of people suffering from chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and heart ailments. This will also significantly improve life expectancy in the city.

The programme – which is also being extended to restaurants and other eateries in Johannesburg to promote a healthy diet – is in line with the City’s Growth and Development Strategy 2040 (GDS 2040), which states that by 2040 Johannesburg will have a healthy community free of the burden of chronic diseases.

The fun walk starts at Rotunda Park in Park Central Street, Turrfontein, at 7.30am. The last group of walkers is expected back at Rotunda Park at 1pm.

Besides encouraging residents to lead a healthy lifestyle, the purpose of the fun walk is also to urge them to form support groups and gym clubs.

There will also be a range of activities on the day. Besides the 5km fun walk, there will be aerobics, dance and medical screening tests.

All participating organisations will be allocated stalls to promote their health-related services and products.

The organisations that are expected to take part include many of the City of Johannesburg’s departments such as Citizen Relationship Management, the Gauteng Department of Sport and Recreation, and private stakeholders such as the South African National Cancer Association, Old Mutual, Virgin Active, the Anova Health Institute, PPCA and Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute.

Registration forms are available at Eureka House in Rosettenville, CJ Cronje House in the Johannesburg inner city and at Region F clinics or at Rotunda Park and on the day of the walk.​