State to trim fat off workers

2013-10-20 17:10

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Johannesburg - Vetkoek, deep-fried fish, fatty meat and hot chips are off the menu for some of the Eastern Cape’s government employees, City Press reports.

Mlibo Qoboshiyane, the province’s MEC for local government and traditional affairs, is to launch a weight-loss programme in Bhisho aimed at helping its employees lose weight – and the office canteen will undergo a radical change.

Recently, almost 600 of the department’s 1 600 employees were screened – and 121 were found to be obese.

When the department analysed its employees’ sick leave patterns and found that most sick leave was taken because of respiratory diseases, stress, depression, headaches and anxiety – almost all linked to weight and unhealthy-lifestyle problems.

Qoboshiyane told City Press he would join the programme so that his employees could see it was worth taking seriously.

Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha, Qoboshiyane’s spokesperson, said he weighed 110kg and confirmed he would be taking part.

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