24 May 2017 Volume :5 Issue :27

UKZN Promotes Employee Wellness

UKZN Promotes Employee Wellness
Staff at the Employee Wellness Day on the Westville campus with Ms Busisiwe Ramabodu of the Human Resources Division and Ms Philippa Hempson of UKZN’s Medical Aid Scheme.

UKZN Wellness Days were once again held at all campuses to promote the holistic wellbeing of employees.

The days were organised by the Human Resources division in partnership with the UKZN Medical Aid Scheme.

Discovery Health nurses were on hand to check cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index and glucose levels of all UKZN staff.

Human Resources representatives Ms Busisiwe Ramabodu and Mr Russel Mnguni and Principal Officer of the UKZN Medical Scheme Ms Philippa Hempson encouraged staff to spend time investing in their health and cultivating healthy habits.

Diabetes SA, ER24, Discovery Health nurses, Revitalise Day Spa, a Chiropractor and UKZN Medical Scheme Help Desk were all on hand providing information and advice to staff. Biokinetics and Optometry students also provided free eye screening tests and physical fitness advice.

Diabetes SA advised staff to use small plates when eating a meal, with half the plate filled with fruit and vegetables, a quarter with starch and the remaining quarter with protein. Further, the idea was to steam, grill and bake food and to limit salt intake. There was also a warning about hidden sugars in juice with staff encouraged to drink lots of water and to exercise regularly. A tip was to dilute fruit juice by adding water.

Dietician Ms Michelle Tolmay offered these tips:

·        Cut out sugar

·        Watch the types of fat you eat

·        Portion control

·        Eat fruit and vegetables daily

·        Avoid alcohol

·        Watch salt intake

·        Cut out junk and convenience food

The Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s Professor Ana Martins said the Wellness Day was very useful and suggested hepatitis screenings, AIDS tests and mammograms be added to next year’s programme.

Representatives from Alcoholics Anonymous were available to provide information for those needing help to recover from alcoholism. Visit  http://www.aasouthafrica.org.za/ for more information.

Paramedics from ER24 reminded UKZN Medical Scheme members to dial 082 124 in an emergency for ‘real help, real fast’.

Virgin Active’s Mr Andile Najola advised staff about facilities and specials available at his organisation.

Participating staff were given ice packs, water bottles, stress balls and Kauai smoothies.

Visit   http://employeewellness.ukzn.ac.za/ for more information on improving your health.

Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer

Photographs: Albert Hirasen

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