Fedhealth launches Wellovation Weight Management Challenge
Fedhealth in conjunction with Longevity magazine has launched a nine-month weight management challenge, the Wellovation Challenge. The challenge will see nine regular South Africans who, over a nine-month period, will attempt to turn their bad habits into a healthier way of life guided by a specially selected panel of five experts.
"The facts speak for themselves. South Africa is currently ranked third in the world for obesity. This means that nearly two out of every three people living in this country have a weight problem. It is this pandemic that has resulted in Fedhealth, in conjunction with Longevity, creating the Wellovation Challenge," says Peter Jordaan, Principal Officer of Fedhealth.
The panel of health experts consists of Celynn Erasmus, a registered dietician; Karina Reid, a registered organisational psychologist and executive coach; Dr. Ela Manga, an integrated medical practitioner; Dr. Jeff King, a cardiologist; as well as fitness expert Lisa Raleigh.
The candidates range in age, gender and backgrounds and their profiles can be found on the interactive Facebook page, where their progress can also be followed and commented on. The page also features additional tips on weight loss and exercise from the experts.
"Carrying extra weight puts strain on your heart and those who are heavily overweight often have higher cholesterol levels, higher blood pressure and are either living with metabolic syndrome (a precursor to diabetes) or diabetes itself," adds Jordaan. "We hope the challenge inspires all of our members, as well as other people in society who grapple with everyday health issues to take action and change their lifestyles for the better."
Cathy Findley Public Relations
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