Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wellness is a lifestyle-Kgathi

Wellness is an on-going process that requires commitment, discipline, behavioural change and indeed the will to want to be healthy.

That is how Shaw Kgathi, the Minister of Defense Justice and Security defined wellness when addressing employees of his Ministry and those of the Department of Museum at the three Dikgosi Monument, Central Business District, on Friday morning during the Wellness Day commemoration.

“Of recent, there has been a national concern of an upsurge of the incidence and prevalence of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers and mental health. Most of these diseases are as a result of unhealthy lifestyles which include tobacco and alcohol abuse, high salt intake lack of physical exercise, little or no consumption of vegetables and fruits, and a high intake of animal fat,” said Kgathi.

He said benefits of providing the work place wellness screening cannot be overemphasised. He therefore encouraged employees to utilise the services which will be provided today and go for screening to know where they stand on their health.

“The work place should provide an opportunity for employees to receive health and wellness programs, allowing access to the majority of health information and programs. Such programs include physical activity, healthy eating, stress/anxiety management and smoking cessation, which are designed to encourage health behaviour change. Therefore events such as this are a true indication that the government cares about the health of its employees,” he said.

He added that he would propose that his ministry has ‘gym aspect’ in every building so that employees can access them on daily basis. Early in the morning before work each employee would take some exercises; during lunch and after work. This will produce productive employees. He further suggested that there be pedestrian routes as part of the city’s infrastructural expansion so that those members of the society who cannot afford expensive gyms can jog and do other road work exercises.

“Some of the illnesses that we suffer from are completely preventable. I therefore encourage all of us to quit smoking, drinking excessively and start exercising, drinking plenty of water and doing all that is good for our mind body and soul. These are actionable steps to a healthy living. You must remember that ill health has a price tag to it. It has negative impact on total healthcare costs endured by government and it also lowers productivity thereby affecting our economy. More importantly, your life is valuable only to you but to your loved ones as well,” he enlightened.

He said it’s the government’s vision to make its workforce healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. He then urged them to make choices for healthier lifestyles through active participation and ownership of health programs such as that day’s event.

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