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posted 23 Oct 2012, 06:25 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 4 Mar 2013, 23:15 ]

Several hundreds of people including learners from surrounding schools in Hluhluwe participated in Star For Life annual Healthy Lifestyle Walk on Saturday, 20 October 2012.

Learners walking for a healthy lifestyle
                                                            Learners walking for a healthy lifestyle.


The 2.5 km walk started at KwaSmolo to Mganwini hall, just outside Hluhluwe town. The walkers were carrying placards inscribed with Star for Life motivational themes and slogans promoting healthy lifestyle.


Speaking to the participants, Miss Scebile Nsele (the Star For Life Health Coach) one of the event organisers stressed the need of living a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy foods and exercising daily. “As an organisation, we believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is critical to ensure the wellbeing of our young people and our broader community. Thus, we have embarked on this campaign to raise awareness on critical health matters that threatens our communities’ particular the young people. We should make exercising our daily routine; we are still going to bring more exercising campaigns to you”, said Nsele.

Mr Motha, the department of education district director and chairperson of DTT under the Operation Sukuma Sakhe in uMkhanyakude District, expressed his words of gratitude to Star for Life. He also urged the participants to keep exercising by walking for at least 4km a day. “Health experts says walking for 2 Km in the morning and 2 km in the afternoon is enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle”, said Mr Motha. 


Half way through the event Dr Gumede, from the office of Minister of Education got everyone on their feet and screaming exercising. He thanked organisations like Star For Life for working tirelessly in reducing drug abuse and teenage pregnancy in uMkhanyakude District. “Teenage pregnancy in this district has declined from 1798 in 2011 to 374 in 2012 and it’s all because of the partnership with civil organisations, NGO’s and all the other stakeholders, who are working tirelessly in reducing these numbers”, said Dr Gumede.