Dsrac sets pace for healthy living

A group of senior citizens partcipating in the National Recreation Day (NRD) and Big Walk under the theme #Ichoose2BeActive hosted by DSRAC in Mdantsane. PICTURE: SIVENATHI GOSA

Hundreds of young and old gathered in their hundreds at the Orlando Stadium in Mdantsane last Friday when . The department of sport, recreation, arts and culture (Dsrac) hosted the National Recreation Day (NRD) and Big Walk under the theme #Ichoose2BeActive.

“#Ichoose2BeActive is a nationwide campaign by the government in response to and addressing the problem of the growing epidemic of obesity, sedentary lifestyles and an increase in deaths attributed to communicable diseases,”, Dsrac communication officer Sivuyile Ngaba said.

The campaign was launched  in 2015 and intends to educate society to engage in recreational activities to such as; rope skipping, netball, walking as part of their lifestyle so that they may promote a healthy living.

Recreation development acting senior manager Ntomboxolo Sathula, said the campaign is open to all, including the citizens, age, gender, nationality and even disabled. people. with disability.

People The citizens may participate as individuals, families, schools and old age homes. Children are also welcome to play their part as there would be a activities like jumping castle and face-painting.

“The main intention of this event is to create awareness on a healthy lifestyle for people,” Sathula, said.

“We decided to host have this event here in Mdantsane to introduce it to the community.” she said.

The department also held the National Big Walk in Port Elizabeth last Sunday.

Aerobics, netball, cricket, soccer, and netball, faced painting and jumping castles were the main activities that took place. The young competed against the old, which made the activities more fun and exciting.

“These type sort of events are good, especially for us senior citizens. It does not help sitting at home doing nothing and a stress about everything, as it raises a high risk in our critical health lifestyles,” Mdantsane resident, Nontsikelelo Tom said.

The senior citizens also took part in played games which forms that are part of the Golden Games.

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