Friday the 10th March 2017 marked a special day for the employees of Limpopo Department of Health as MEC for Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba officially launched “Move for Your Health” campaign outside the Department’s Fidel Castro Ruz House offices. More than 200 employees of Department of Health took part in the official launch of “Move for Your Health” campaign. Regular exercise is a necessary action for one to stay fit and healthy. The campaign aims to encourage everyone, young and old, to make regular exercise a necessary priority for their health which is in line with the Department declaring the year 2017 - A Year of Healthy living towards a Healthy Lifestyle for All.
MEC Ramathuba urged all employees who had gathered outside the Department’s provincial offices to lead by example as champions of a healthy lifestyle within their communities. "Part of taking care of your health is ensuring that you exercise on a regular basis. As ambassadors of the Department of Health, we also need to walk the talk and not just advice others on the importance of living healthy lifestyles while we don’t do it ourselves", said Dr Ramathuba.
Morula Legodi took his fellow employees through the paces as part of the exercise activities. The smiles on the faces of the employees were a clear indication that they had been thirsty for an opportunity to flex their muscles.
54 year old Esther Rakgolela, an employee attached to the Department’s registry office has proven that indeed exercise knows no age limit. Ms Rakgolela was the 1st female to return to the finish line during the “Move for Your Health” campaign, something she is proud of. “I’m very excited to be the 1st woman to reach the finish line. I would like to encourage young men and women to eat healthy, especially vegetables and also exercise so they can be energetic,” said Ms Rakgolela. Ms Rakgolela’s daily job requires visiting various offices within the Department delivering documents, a job for a healthy person.
The Department’s employees including those from Pietersburg Hospital came in their numbers to form part of the launch of “Move for Your Health” campaign, an initiative they have vowed to share with their colleagues. The campaign required the employees to walk from the Department’s provincial office via Polokwane’s Dorp Street to Old Peter Mokaba Stadium and return to the provincial office via Magazyn Street.