UCKG responds to government request for community initiatives to improve health of South Africans

One of the government's strategic objectives in the health sector is to improve the well-being of the entire population and deliver on its Negotiated Service Delivery Agreement vision of: "A long and healthy life for all South Africans". Many commentators have indicated that achieving this will only be possible through community initiatives and social mobilisation.
Accepting its role of contributing to the upliftment of society and improving the well-being of South Africans through knowledge and information sharing, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), hosted an event at the Cenacle of Faith in Soweto on Friday 17 February to mark the Department of Health's Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day.

Hundreds of people including grandparents, young mothers with small children and teenagers gathered just after sunrise and enjoyed what many described as "the most fun they have had in a long time". The church leadership passed on the Department of Health's message outlining how everyone can implement small lifestyle changes which will help prevent and manage the increasing incidence of non-communicable diseases. These conditions cannot be caught from another person (as is the case with HIV/AIDS or TB), but are often caused by family history and poor lifestyle choices. The incidence of high blood pressure, obesity, raised cholesterol, heart attacks and diabetes is increasing but can be prevented through healthy lifestyle habits and regular exercise.

Internationally acclaimed athlete and coach of the UCKG Athletic Club, Argentina Senda, explained the benefit of regular exercise which improves heart health, mental ability and helps reduce stress levels. She highlighted the importance of starting slowly, warming up and stretching to prevent injuries. Argentina encouraged people to eat five servings of fruit a day to repair muscles, feed the brain, boost the immune system and keep the body's organs healthy. She said everyone should try to drink three litres of water a day to keep the body hydrated.

South African Masters Champion, Onica Motsei, invited church members and their guests to experience the joy of movement and in a matter of minutes everyone was stretching to the beat of toe-tapping music. Before long the parking area of the Soweto Cenacle of the Holy Spirit was transformed into a fitness centre where aches, age and ability were forgotten.

Women in Action (WiA) counsellors provided information leaflets, counselling and guidance to everyone who wanted to share a concern or receive emotional support.

A feast of fresh fruit and fruit salad was enjoyed by everyone before they left for their day with a spring in their step and gratitude for the information they had received. Many said that the introduction to the exercise experience had changed their lives while others commented that they had not realised fruit could be so delicious.

For further information please contact the UCKG public relations department on 011 224 3400 or email pr@uckg.org.za

20 Feb 2012 13:22


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