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MEC urges residents to be active and lead healthy lifestyle

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He advised that major risk factors such as tobacco use, drug taking, alcohol misuse, unhealthy diets, and lack of physical activity could lead to lifestyle diseases.

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THE MEC for Health, Maruping Lekwene, has encouraged citizens to lead active and healthy lifestyles during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He advised that major risk factors such as tobacco use, drug taking, alcohol misuse, unhealthy diets, and lack of physical activity could lead to lifestyle diseases.

Lekwene emphasised how daily exercise built stronger muscles and bones, lowered blood and cholesterol, burnt off extra calories, boosted the immune system, reduced cancer risk, increased self-esteem, improved mental well-being, lessened depression and anxiety and eased stress levels.

“We all know that finding time to exercise isn’t always easy when we are shifting

between family needs, personal and work demands. In fact, the work environment is a prime location for the development of unhealthy lifestyles characterised by stress, depression and unhealthy eating habits due to lack of time and decreased opportunity for physical activity due to the sedentary nature of our work. We have no other choice but to adjust to the new normal,” he added.

He reminded that the wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing was necessary when engaging in physical activity and when exercising with family members.

Lekwene advocated the use of online fitness resources such as virtual classes.

“Physical activity is possible anywhere, a brisk walk around the block for about 30 minutes at least three times a week or utilising skipping rope in your yard. Always remember to wear a mask when in public places, maintain physical distancing and wash or sanitise your hands regularly. Avoid congested areas to eliminate the spread of Covid-19.”

He stated that the department would focus on the management of health care risk waste generated as part of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign, evaluation of vaccination centres, home quarantine and home isolation cases, this month.

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