MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and
Recreation, Bongi Sithole-Moloi, has encouraged KZN citizens to embrace active
lifestyle as part of daily activities in order to improve their health and wellness
MEC Sithole-Moloi was speaking during the
launch of the Active Fridays Programme at Woodburn Stadium in Pietermaritzburg
on Friday, 27/01/2017.
The event was organised by the Department
of Sport and Recreation as part of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme. The Active Fridays programme is one the new
activities introduced by MEC Sithole-Moloi as part of her efforts to ensure
that programmes implemented on the ground have the desired impact by changing
Sithole-Moloi, who was accompanied by
Umsunduzi Municipality Mayor Themba Njilo, joined “Fitness Bunny” Sbahle
Mpisane and local instructors in a marathon aerobics session involving hundreds
of residents from different parts the Umgungudlovu District who graced the
Addressing the crowd, which included school
children, youth and elderly, Sithole-Moloi said the aim of Active Fidays is to encourage
all citizens of KwaZulu-Natal to look after their bodies through exercise, playing
sport and eating healthy food.
She said obesity – which is often caused by
unhealthy diet and poor lifestyle choices - is a serious challenge facing the
whole of South Africa as it leads the increase of lifestyle diseases.
want everyone to ensure that every Friday is a day where we are all active. Try
some activities even if it means doing some short exercise sessions that will make
a difference. The Department has built outdoor gyms in many areas and we should
use those facilities to keep fit. We should embrace active lifestyles as part
of building a healthy society,” she said.
MEC Sithole-Moloi added that she will also
engage with her Education counterpart to ensure that exercising and sport
become an integral part of school activities.
Mayor Njilo also echoed Sithole-Moloi’s
sentiments and thanked senior citizens for being exemplary to young people
about active lifestyles. Many senior citizens have organised themselves into
luncheon clubs where they conduct activities that keep their minds and bodies
Sithole-Moloi said the Department will
organise monthly activations in different parts of the Province in order to
ensure that the programme is sustainable and influences people to make positive
dietary and lifestyle choices.