Young taught on healthy habits

2017-06-15 06:01
Dr Nomafrench Mbombo interacting with church members during the session.

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo interacting with church members during the session.

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The Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) of the Diocese of False Bay gathered on a wet and cold Saturday morning at the parish of St Francis, Mandela Park for an event with a difference.

It was a Health & Wellness day, the objective of which was to educate young people about their health.

Guest speaker Dr Noma-French Mbombo, minister of Health spoke on the contributing factors to ill-health.

These are psycho-social, emotional, spiritual and economical.

She also touched on the violence against women. She said that the Western Cape government has a 2030-health plan which encompasses all of these factors.

Their focus is on wellness and not on illness. They are focusing on young people as investing in youth builds the community.

She has a busy schedule for the Youth Month visiting places like Swellendam and Cape Agulhas.

“Wise young people know their health status,” she said.

Warning young people that the tables have now been turned, she added: “it is now young people who are suffering from the illnesses which were previously associated with grown ups. The psychological factor can lead to things such as depression and anxiety, which can be contributing factors to gender-based violence. She stressed the point that “there is no relationship that is worth your safety”.

She was not alone. She was in the company of her WoW team- Western Cape on Wellness.

Ferdinand Bomvana spoke about the importance of eating healthy and exercise.

He told the youth how the WoW program operates and asked that they make use of their services.

WoW instructor Thulani Twalo, gave a good warm up, dancing to hymns.

People in the communities were encouraged to make use of these services offered by government.

There were also health screenings where people could do test for blood pressure, diabetes and check their body weight.

Other speakers included Sinawo Mzinga, a Food technologist who educated those present as reminded them that what they ate reflected on the relationship with their bodies.

Monwabisi Njomba of Njomba Fitness Academy concluded the health talk.

He said that it takes 80% good food and 20% gym to be healthy. Njomba, a karate sensei with a black belt gave a good 10 minutes free Zumba session.

Nwabisa Nomxego, the Transformation Officer in the AYF sensitised the audience to the effects of disability.

“There are those who are not able(bodied) and we should be empathetic towards them.

Nomxego, a co-ordinator at an organisation dealing with people with disabilities, shared a story of a colleague who has no upper limbs, yet leading a very happy life.

“We are indeed fortunate,” she added.

The event was closed with a word of encouragement from Mr Soqele, a parish warden from St Francis.

He motivated for similar events.

Mrs Mlandu, of the Mother’s Auxiliary Union from the St Francis parish, robed in her purple manyano uniform, closed off with a prayer for the efforts of the youth fellowship in making the day a success.

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