Stepping up for the diabetes challenge

2018-10-30 06:00
Sheritha Kumar, James Viljoen and Sumayyah Sha from the Protea Hotel by Marriott — Durban Edward, seen putting in some practice for the five-kilometre fun run and walk taking place on November 11 for the Durban Wellness Festival, an event which highlights the seriouscondition ofdiabetes.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Sheritha Kumar, James Viljoen and Sumayyah Sha from the Protea Hotel by Marriott — Durban Edward, seen putting in some practice for the five-kilometre fun run and walk taking place on November 11 for the Durban Wellness Festival, an event which highlights the seriouscondition ofdiabetes.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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DIABETES is known as the tsunami of the 21st century, killing more people worldwide than Aids and cancer combined, and yet, people know so little about this serious illness.

Most people only begin to start taking care of themselves and their health when they are confronted by a scare, and are then forced to change their lifestyle — cut down their intake of junk food and be more active.

The Durban Wellness Festival, supported by Sasa, Lily and Clover Tropika Slenda, as well as the Protea Hotel by Marriott — Durban Edward, has been formulated to educate and encourage people to make positive changes before it is too late.

One of the aims of the five-kilometre walk and run is to encourage regular exercise, which helps keep blood sugar levels stable, reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases and improves one’s general wellbeing.

The Wellness Expo provides the opportunity for the public to have their blood pressure, blood sugar, eyes and feet tested on the day. It also includes exhibitors from pharmaceutical, health, fitness and nutrition companies to expose the public to a variety of products to improve or maintain their good health.

Taking place at the Durban Amphitheatre at the Bay of Plenty, the Durban Wellness Festival five-kilometre fun run and walk will open for registration at 7 am, and will officially start at 8 am sharp, with the cut-off at 10 am. Cost to participate is R60 per person.

The Durban Wellness Festival is about creating awareness as well as educating members of the public about diabetes and all proceeds generated from the fun run and walk will go towards Diabetes SA Durban, which is a self-funding organisation and does not receive any form of government funding.

These funds will go back into educating the public about this dreaded condition within KZN.

The Wellness Expo is free for the public to attend.

Sheritha Kumar, who is the regional sales manager from the Protea Hotel by Marriott — Durban Edward, said; “Not only are our hotel staff entering this event to raise awareness of this cause and organisation, but I would like to extend a challenge to our neighbouring hotel staff along our golden mile to also participate. I look forward to seeing them at the start on November 11 at the Bay of Plenty.”

For more about the event, or if you wish to exhibit, contact Pat Bonini at 031 201 2169 (office hours) or e-mail: mw.nerve@mweb.co.za

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