Botswana: Gaborone City Council has encouraged employees to exercise regularly for good health and well-being. Gaborone City Deputy Mayor Oduetse Tautona emphasized the importance of good health during this year’s wellness exercise.
Gaborone City Deputy Mayor Oduetse Tautona emphasized the importance of good health during this year’s wellness exercise.
Wellness Day was held under the theme “Mindset change for healthy living”. The aim of the activity was to sensitize the employees on the role played by good mental health in relation to being productive in the workplace.
The Deputy Mayor of Gaborone believes that exercising regularly helps the body to fight illnesses. Tautona said it is important to make sure that employees have the chance to relax their minds. So, he advised employees to not only exercise during wellness day but even when they are home.
The wellness day initiative of the Gaborone City Council was attended by many important stakeholders of health in the region. The attendants included members of the Safety Health and Environment Committee, who organized the exercise.
Deputy Mayor Oduetse Tautona appreciated the Safety Health and Environment (SHE) committee for its efforts to promote staff wellness.
SHE officer member Kekgabile Solomon said mental health is the core foundation for healthy well-being. She also added that the day is set aside to promote socialization and interaction among employees. Everyone’s active participation in the initiative counts.
Tsogo Medical Practice General Practitioner Dr Dimpho Motlhagodi said Non-Communicable Diseases are a major cause for rise in the death rate in Botswana.
He advised men to take advantage of the day and test for prostate cancer. Dr Motlhagodi stressed it is important for individuals to go for monthly health consultations.
Fitucators Botswana fitness instructor Prince Matsheka said not all fit people are healthy. Matsheka said fitness includes speed, endurance and flexibility.
He pointed out that body mass index (BMI) determines one’s fitness. Matsheka advised employees to adopt a healthy living lifestyle and avoid eating fatty foods. He said regular exercise helps the body’s systems fight against diseases.
Presenting on Financial literacy, Access Bank Sales and Service officer Mmoloki Bapindi also attended the initiative. He advised employees to refrain from being impulsive buyers.
Bapindi added that people should be vigilant as festive days have approached. He said they should be mindful not to become victims of scams.
He advised employees not to share their personal banking details as it can lead to them being swindled of their money.
Blood donation recruiter Thato Basako encouraged employees to donate blood as there is a shortage across the country. Basako said it is vital for employees to donate as they would save lives as one pint of blood can save three lives.
Representing area councillor Stanley Solly urged the employees to take fitness seriously. Solly encourages employees to adopt healthy lifestyles as it can help reduce Non-Communicable illnesses.
He also encouraged workers to take part in the sports activities.