When it comes to improving overall health the staff at KuPhila Clinic in Machadodorp are serious! Since officially re-opening its doors in May 2016 the clinic has initiated numerous community health programmes that encourage community members to improve their health and wellbeing.
One such project is the KuPhila Weekly Community Walk which not only encourages people to get up and active, it also encourages them to keep a regular check on their vital health stats. The walk is held every Wednesday and starts from the clinic’s premises in West Street.
However before starting on their march, the vitals of all the participants are screened. These include heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and weight. Thereafter resident doctor, Dr. Anwah Adriaanse, leads participants in a pleasant walk around the town and on returning to the clinic the walkers’ vitals are checked again and recorded.
“The idea of the walk and the regular check of vitals gives us indication of the participants’ overall fitness and health,” explains Dr. Adriaanse, “With consistent participation in the walks we can also monitor their fitness progress. With regular exercise and other healthy lifestyle choices a person’s overall wellbeing should improve and that is the message we are trying to convey with this initiative.”
“Everyone who resides in the area is welcome to join. There are no monthly fees – only a donation of R 20.00 per participant, per week which is used to purchase water and a healthy snack for during and after the walk.
Given that KuPhila is currently supported by Trans African Concessions (TRAC) several TRAC employees recently decided to give the weekly walk a try…… and are now hooked.