“I would firstly want to commend the Directorate of Human Resources for ensuring that the University of Venda (UNIVEN) host Employee Wellness Day annually,” said the Director Communications and Marketing, Dr Takalani Dzaga while giving welcome remarks and purpose of the day during wellness day that was held on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 at the University Sports Hall.
Below is a video link where staff members were dancing Haka Matorokisi as part of exercising.
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Dr Dzaga stated that this Wellness Day makes the University staff members to be aware of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. He continued to express that a healthy lifestyle ensures productivity and the University believes that wellness and health enhance employees’ productivity and minimise sick leave applications.
When giving the importance of wellness screening, Mr Lawrence Machete from Bonitas Medical Aid outlined that they saw a need to be present at this Wellness Day because they want to impart the knowledge about healthiness to all UNIVEN employees. “Healthy lifestyle starts with us as individuals and we should know our health status regarding our blood pressure, level of glucose, cholesterol, height and weight as they are important on our daily life. It is advisable that once in a year you should go and test,” he said.
“Knowing your health status means you will be able to know when and how to control your cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure.” He advised staff members to make use of the opportunity on the day by screening for various illnesses.
UNIVEN staff members had a privilege to be educated about some of the advantages of exercising and living a healthy lifestyle from Gym 4U Sales Manager, Mr Daniel Charema who told them that it is very important to exercise on daily basis. “Make it a custom and at least exercise three times per week because it helps with weight loss and can help reduce your risk of chronic diseases.”
Vhembe District Department of Health Nutritionist, Mr Tovhowani Netshiongolwe advised UNIVEN employees to avoid eating too much without exercising. “Eating enough food while exercising will ensure that you don’t suffer from diseases such as diabetes. Our ways of eating are the main course of the problems that we are currently facing.”
He added that on a daily basis, people should at least eat starch and proteins to build healthy bodies. “Make sure that you eat fruits and vegetables to have healthy skin and helps with digestion. Drink lots of water to avoid body dehydration,” he said.
Ms Merry Maluleke of Careway urged UNIVEN staff members to make use of the services offered by Careway to assist with health Personal problems and work-related problems. “Having problems hinders the progress of your work which results in most staff member not being productive. We offer financial advice on how you can manage your finance and your spending unnecessary,” she said.
UNIVEN staff members participated in various activities including fun walk, aerobics and wellness services that were rendered by Campus Health, Biokinetics, Nutrition, Bonitas Medical Aid, Bestmed Aid, Old Mutual Financial Services, Optometrist, Dietitian and Alexander Forbes.
Issued by: Department of Communications & Marketing
University of Venda
Tel: (015) 962 8525
Date: 28 October 2018