Wellness Week for all UCT staff

18 August 2003
It's not quite spring yet and summer is a way off, but this is a good time to pay some attention to your health and fitness levels.

Too much effort? Well, there's no better time to act than during the human resources management department's Wellness Week from September 3-6, aimed at enhancing the working lives of UCT employees.

All staff are invited to participate and to visit the many stalls and exhibitions that will be on the go from 11h00-14h00 during the weekday sessions and from 10h00-13h00 during the Saturday morning session (an ideal session to bring along the whole family).

As the title suggests, the focus is on wellness at work and will incorporate a variety of stalls and displays by a host of organisations working in the health and wellness arena, from ergonomic experts to health and fitness fundis. It's all part of the organisational health plan that HRM executive director Dave van Eeden and his team of Ottoline Clapham and Margie Tainton have put together.

UCT's medical aid providers, Discovery Health, will have a stall where staffers who are Vitality members can have their fitness and cholesterol levels tested. (The cost is R115 but this will be deducted from a member's savings.) Those staffers who are not Vitality members can have the fitness tests done at the Sports Science Institute's stand where a biokineticist will be on duty to offer some lifestyle modification advice. Half-hour appointments are to be booked on e-mail wellness@bremner.uct.ac.za. Please e-mail your name and three times that suit you and an appointment will be booked for you.

The exhibitors range from the Disability Unit to Weighless (providing free goal weight assessments). Many of the exhibitors will have goodies to give away. Virgin Active will be offering reduced gym membership fees for UCT staff (R149-R240 per month). If you don't enjoy rigorous gym sessions, why not chat to the on-site yoga instructor who will be on hand to answer any questions. Or, if you have nagging problems, chat to the physiotherapist who will be on duty. Free eye screening will be available for all.

Most importantly, the Direct AIDS Intervention (DAI) unit will provide free and confidential voluntary HIV testing. Fifteen-minute appointments can be booked on e-mail wellness@bremner.uct.ac.za. Please provide three time options and a time slot will be e-mailed to you.

A survey of chronic medication needs among UCT staff reveals that we're a pretty stressed bunch, with stress, asthma, hypertension, diabetes (types 1 and 2) depression, ischaemic heart disease and hypolipidima (high cholesterol) among the top ailments.

So, limber up and get over to the Graduate School of Humanities quad (the building is on University Avenue south) where the Wellness Week will be held.

(For more information contact Ottoline Clapham at e-mail oclapham@bremner.uct.ac.za.)

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