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There will be a 5km fun walk at the Region F health open day. People will also be able to be tested for chronic diseases, such as diabetes.
THE City’s Region F will host a health open day and a 5km fun walk on Saturday, 9 April at the Wembley Stadium in Turffontein.


Get tested for chronic diseasesGet tested for chronic diseasesThe event is in celebration of World Health Day, run every year under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Testing stalls for chronic diseases will be set up, including diabetes, blood pressure and other related illnesses. There will also be facilities for HIV counselling and testing, according to the City‘s department of health spokesperson, Nkosinathi Nkabinde.

The fun walk will start at 7am at the stadium, and will go along Turffontein Road before turning left into Rosettenville Road, and left again into Marlboro Drive. The same route will be used to return to the stadium.

The first 10 walkers to arrive back at the stadium will receive gold medals, and the rest will receive bronze medals. Participants are urged to arrive on time to hand in their registration forms before the walk.

Registration forms are available at all clinics in Region F, Eureka House, CJ Cronje Building, Khanyisani, Dinokaneng, Setsing and Touch of Care.

On the day, there will be a range of activities to promote healthy living. “There will also be performances by cultural groups and aerobics,” says Nkabinde.


Refik BismillaED for health Refik Bismilla will be on hand to share health tipsThe City‘s executive director for health, Dr Refik Bismilla, will share health tips, including information about the prevention and treatment of illnesses. Accompanying Bismilla will be the mayoral committee member for health, Bengeza Mthombeni, who will hold talks with members of the community.

Some City departments will also have stalls at the stadium, including urban management and Johannesburg Water, while private sector stakeholders will also be represented, such as Old Mutual, Bonitas, Key Health, Virgin Active and Winchester Gym.

For more information, contact Lesego Lala on 011 686 8016 or Patricia Magingxa on 011 681 8166 / 8000.

World Health Day has been celebrated every year on 7 April since 1950, under the sponsorship of the WHO. Each year there is a specific health related theme to the globally observed day.

This year, the theme is “Antimicrobial resistance: no action today no cure tomorrow”, with the focus on antimicrobial resistance and its global spread. On its website, the organisation says: “We live in an era of medical breakthroughs with new wonder drugs available to treat conditions that a few decades ago, or even a few years ago in the case of HIV/Aids, would have proved fatal.

“For World Health Day 2011, WHO will launch a worldwide campaign to safeguard these medicines for future generations. Antimicrobial resistance and its global spread threaten the continued effectiveness of many medicines used today to treat the sick, while at the same time it risks jeopardizing important advances being made against major infectious killers.”

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