Health Awareness Day champions good health
Are you tuned in to what your body is trying to tell you Headaches; muscle spasms and a lack of vitality can all be symptoms of an underlying illness or medical problem. The Campus Clinic in conjunction with the Student Representative Council (SRC) on the Vaal Triangle Campus recently hosted a Health Awareness Day and by doing so illustrated that a healthy body does indeed house a healthy mind. Think about it.
If you are fit and healthy, it means that you generally have much more energy; you can cope better and easier; you feel good about yourself and your body, and your self image improves. Our bodies need to be looked after because it makes us more alert; it increases our creative process; it relieves anxiety and depression and it helps to combat illness and ageing.
During the recent Health Awareness Day students and staff had the opportunity to not only contribute to the wellness of others – by donating blood, but also to undergo an overall health check-up. Services included: eye testing by a professional optometrist, counselling, informative talks and presentations as well as general tests like blood pressure, weight and diabetes. A mobile dental hygiene clinic rendered general dentistry services.
This initiative follows National Condom Week that took place from the 17th to the 24th of February during which the focus was on HIV/Aids testing and counselling and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). The message of abstinence and responsible life choices took centre stage and members of the campus community were given an opportunity to undergo free HIV/Aids testing and by doing so taking a pro-active stance against the pandemic.
In South Africa, sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) remain a big concern, even though most of the infections can be cured. The fear of being stigmatized is one o the many reasons why people are reluctant to seek medical treatment in this regard.
Published by Sipho Msolo on 13 April 2011.