Move for Health Day 2019

13 May 2019

Friday 10 May 2019, saw Sport and Recreation SA participate in the annual Move for Health Day which is an International event created in 2002 by the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote physical activity.

The department of Sport and Recreation hosted the 2019 Move  for Health Day event at JW Clements stadium  in partnership with the national department of Health; Gauteng provincial department of Sport Arts, Culture & Recreation; the City of Ekurhuleni as well as Love Life.

The community of Reiger Park and surrounding neighborhoods of Ekurhuleni who were at least 1500 did not let the chilly weather dampen their spirits in arriving from 07h30 to register and participate in the day’s activities.

The Move for Health 2019 activation started off with the 4,5 Move For Fun Walk which was led by GP SACR MEC Ms Faith Mazibuko,and the Director General of Sport and Recreation, SA  Mr. Alec Moemi. Post the walk, the participants were then introduced to the where physical lifestyle activities which included a Yoga session facilitated by Tidimalo; Tai Chi session facilitated by Michelle and Aerobics sessions which were facilitated by Gareth as well as Jerry Jumbe.

The early childhood development programme of encouraging the young ones to also be physically active was ensured through the activations which took place at the Love Life tent. Here activities like Mkhukhu function, face painting, love 4 life game and a talk about communicable diseases were held with the kids.

Move for Health is an activation pillar of the I Choose 2 B Active campaign, a 365 days campaign which encourages South Africans to step up and take charge of their health and wellness as well as dare others to join them in embodying a physically active lifestyle regularly.

For a change in behavior of SA citizens to become effective from sedentary to physically active lifestyles, the collective campaign message of “I choose 2 B Active” needs to become an everyday campaign message. The campaign fosters accountability to each and every South African citizen to consciously:
•    Choose to an Active Recreation Lifestyle.
•    Pursue lifelong wellness lifestyle
•    Commit to a routine participating in physical recreational activity/ies
•    Encourage others to also improve their health and wellness too.

The relevance of this campaign is embedded in the realities of the sedentary lifestyles led by South Africans today. 47% of South Africans are physically inactive or better yet lead sedentary lifestyles, herein referring to extended periods of physical inactivity.  In addition, at least 55% of South African deaths since 2015 are now attributed to Non-Communicable Diseases.  These diseases include stroke, cancer, diabetes, asthma, depression and heart diseases,

South Africa is sitting with at least 3% of South African women over the age of 15 being obese and 42% of urban women obese. Less than two-thirds of children participating in weekly physical activity AND Half of males and almost two thirds of females are inactive.

At the event, the each of the participants were given a wrist band and reminded of the symbolism behind the I Choose 2 B Active wrist band. By wearing the I Choose 2 B Active campaign wrist band, the community was reminded that this is a symbol of their awareness of the link between physical activity and good health and that they are making a declaratory pledge that to make better and informed lifestyle choices; accept the challenge invested in their own health through physical activity on a day to day basis, informing others of this intent and challenging them to follow suit in committing themselves to this lifestyle.

All who participated in the day’s activities were also given a yoga/aerobics mat to take home and use in continuing to daily partake in physical activity to improve their health.

I Choose 2 B Active…HOW ABOUT YOU?