Taking on the battle of the bulge

2017-02-09 06:02
 Members of the Vure Health and Wellness Club after a training session at the LoveLife Centre in Langa.

Members of the Vure Health and Wellness Club after a training session at the LoveLife Centre in Langa.

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Nomvuyo Kumalo-Lande’s Vure Health and Wellness Club is taking off in leaps and bounds, if the enthusiasm shown by its members is anything to go by.

Vure-as she is affectionately known-started the health and wellness club in Langa in 2013, but it seems it is only now attracting more members.

“My aim was to target women because as you know Black women tend to have big bellies, which increases their risk of contacting diabetes and other, related illnesses,” she said.

Vure,48, is a deputy principal at Mzamomhle Primary School in Philippi.

She said her light-bulb moment came after teacher organisation Sadtu sponsored her with a sports management bursary at Unisa.

She came back from the course full of ideas and determination.

“I started recruiting members and the response was amazing. Since 2014 I have trained a lot of people,” she offered.

“Fitness mindedness” seems to run in the gene pool of her family, she added.

Her parents Tsulayi and Stana Khumalo were well-known sports personalities in Langa.

“My father was a body-builder using the very same hall I amusing today and my mother was good in netball,” she enthused.

The Lovelife Centre was formerly known as the Monwabisi Community Hall.

Vure is ably assisted by Thando Ngese-who is popularly known as Coach Teedos- in her endeavours, and they are wont taking more than a hundred trainees through their paces at the centre between Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“It’s also about educating each other about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

Monthly weigh-ins, aqua aerobics, skipping sessions, stepping classes and weekend hiking trips are all part of the battle to stay healthy.

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