Diabetes is known as the tsunami of the 21st century, killing more people worldwide than AIDS and cancer combined, and yet, people know so little about this serious condition.
As most people only begin to look after their health when they have a scare and are forced to drastically stem their intake of fast food and begin exercising, theDurban Wellness Festival, has been created to show people that they can make positive changes before it is too late.
The Durban Wellness Festival takes place on Sunday, November 11, 2018. It is a celebration of all things healthy, with a 5km fun run/walk, music, Zumba Bollywood Style, Yoga and aYoga Laughter Sessionand an expo that not only aims to raise awareness about the scourge of diabetes in South Africa but also to encourage people to look after the one thing that money cannot buy - their health.
One of the aims of the walk is to encourage regular exercise, which helps keep blood sugar levels stable, reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases and improves one's general well-being. The Wellness Expo provides the opportunity for the public to have their blood pressure, blood sugar, eyes and feet tested on the day. It also comprises exhibitors from pharmaceutical, health, fitness and nutrition companies to expose the public to a variety of products to improve or maintain good health.
Taking place at the Durban Amphitheatre at the Bay of Plenty, the Durban Wellness Festival 5km fun walk will open for registration at 7am, at just R60 per person, and officially kicks off at 8am sharp with the cut-off at 10am. The event lucky draw prizes take place thereafter from 10.15am. "It's a fantastic event, which brings people together for one common cause - the fight against diabetes!" says Jenny Russell, the Durban branch manager of Diabetes South Africa, "Our main objective is to bring diabetes into the spotlight, in the hope that it gains the recognition it deserves, instead of remaining in the shadow of HIV, AIDS and Cancer."
More than 85% of South Africans use the public healthcare system. Although 1.3 million state patients have diabetes in KZN, there is only one physician per 100,000 residents. "Little or no diabetes education is available in the state system due to lack of funds and staff, and with only TWO podiatrists to serve all these state patients, it is no wonder that there are 6 amputations per day in KZN - totally unacceptable." said Russell.
All proceeds generated from the 5km fun run/walk is going towards Diabetes SA Durban.
The Wellness Expo is free for the public to attend.
For further information about this event, or you wish to exhibit, please contact Pat Bonini on 031 - 201 2169 during office hours or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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