The amount of pollution floating in our oceans has skyrocketed over the past decade. Last year, a study conducted by the United Nations noted that if we carry on dumping waste at the rate we are right now, there will be more litter in the ocean than fish by 2050. The world is currently going through a state of change, and while we are still doing a lot of damage to the planet many environmentally-conscious food and beverage companies are putting measures in place to ensure that they do as little harm to the Earth as possible. Banning single use plastics like straws, replacing plastic bottles with glass and enforcing strict recycling practices are just some of the ways many of these companies are going green. H2O International has long been part of the charge by helping homes and businesses reduce their use of plastic. Managing Director of H2O International SA, Tony Marchesini says, “While there are many issues that need to be addressed with regards damage to our environment the use of plastic is one of the most important and the most prevalent.” Whilst some plastics can take up 1000 years to decompose, thinner products such as straws and plastic shopping bags – intended for only one use – can take up to 450 years (the equivalent of ±twelve generations) to decay. In addition, many plastic items will erode and break into small fragments called microplastics (less than five millimeters in length), and scientists are only now starting to scratch the surface on the effects of these microplastics on the human body. On land we are seeing decomposing plastics from landfills cause microplastics to seep into underground water sources and end up in our water systems, eventually flowing from the same taps that provide our drinking water. At sea, microplastics are mistaken for food and can contaminate an entire food-chain. According to a study by Plymouth University published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin one third of all UK-caught fish were found to have . . .
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Creation Wines is proud to be hosting a special Pink Tasting on Saturday 27 October – with the full ticket cost to be donated to the non-profit organization, Reach for Recovery, for their Ditto Project. Launched in 2011, The Ditto Project has provided a total of 5,024 silicone prostheses costing more than R3,1 million to women who could not afford one. “The Ditto Project aims to help women recover their self-confidence, giving them access to high-quality silicone breast prostheses, also assisting them – through local branches of Reach for Recovery – to ensure they choose the correct shape and size for their body,” says Stephné Jacobs, Chairperson of Reach for Recovery. Guest speaker at the Pink Tasting is Doctor Justus Apffelstaedt, a specialist Breast Cancer surgeon and former Head of the Head, Neck and Breast Cancer Unit at Tygerberg Hospital. "Reach for Recovery and I share the same belief: that all women should have the same access to care, regardless of whether they can afford it,” says Dr Apffelstaedt, who supports the NPO in its fundraising efforts by speaking at corporate and social events and donating his full speaker fees to the cause. His talk at Creation Wines will discuss the correlation between the downscaling of Breast Cancer therapy and the preservation of quality of life as well as his work with the Ditto Project. “Women facing breast cancer must be treated with dignity. Medical science empowers holistic treatment options that make quality of life a priority,” says Apffelstaedt. “Having a mastectomy leads to a tier of decision making regarding whether to have surgical reconstruction, wear an external breast prosthesis, or not wear anything at all to replace the amputated breast,” says Stephanie van Deventer, national manager of Reach for Recovery. “External breast prosthesis may be the best option a woman has, especially if she cannot afford to, or chooses not to undergo reconstructive . . .
At the SPAR Eastern Cape Wheelchair Wednesday handover at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth yesterday were Spar EC sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton, Spar EC sponsorships assistant Debadene Baatjies, Nelson Mandela Bay MMC constituency services Itumeleng Ranyele, Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor Thsonono Buyeye, Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities chief executive Brian Bezuidenhout and wheelchair recipients Elizabeth Shadrach and Sitshaba Maqasha. The Wheelchair Wednesday campaign, sponsored by SPAR Eastern Cape, continues to make a massive impact within the physically disabled community, with 180 wheelchairs being handed over this year. Run each year in Nelson Mandela Bay by the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (APD), the project takes place each Wednesday in August when community and business leaders are invited to spend four hours in a wheelchair. For the first time this year a school became involved when Collegiate schoolgirls joined the project, creating the hope that more young members of the community will be part of the exercise in 2019. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the challenges those with mobility difficulties face in society, as well as generating funds to purchase wheelchairs and to support the APD's Work Centres for those with disabilities. APD chief executive Brian Bezuidenhout said they were thrilled to receive support for a second year from Network of Caring, who donated funds to purchase the wheelchairs. It all came to fruition at a function at the Nelson Mandela Stadium yesterday when a total of 150 wheelchairs were donated to those in need, while a further 30 will be handed over at Jeffreys Bay on October 25. "We were also able to raise funds totalling just over R460 000 for the APD Work Centres," said Bezuidenhout. He added that after seven years they had handed over more than 800 wheelchairs. "We have donated 818 wheelchairs during this period, . . .
NEW BIC® Miss Soleil disposable shavers have been launched for first time teen shavers and young women It’s that time of the year again - spring! The blossoms are in bloom and the air is filled with the aroma of Jasmine and a myriad of other exotic natural perfumes. One automatically feels lighter and overwhelmingly excited with the anticipation of the forthcoming summer, and what it will bring. Teens and young women have packed away the winter woollies and out have come the swimsuits, miniskirts, shorts and tank tops – and the time has come for the summer pamper which includes the purchase of the special razor for that silky-smooth summer look. BIC® Shavers has introduced the new BIC® Miss Soleil disposable shavers to assist teens and young women to get the ‘Swag without the Drag’. “Shaving has traditionally been regarded as necessity, but a bit of a ‘drag’,” said Lillian Henderson, Marketing Director, Southern, East & Central Africa. “In our research we found that shaving is a woman’s least favourite beauty chore even though they love the way their legs feel afterward, soft, smooth and silky. At BIC® we understand this and our range of BIC® Soleil disposable shavers have been designed to meet the needs of woman shaving, this comes through it the ergonomic designed of our handles so no matter what your shaving style the BIC Soleil shaver handle is perfect for you” The new Miss Soleil shavers have been introduced in packs of four with consumers being encouraged to purchase the product and WhatsApp their till slips to a 0822553706 and stand a chance of winning 1 of 250 waterproof bathroom/shower speaker. “The younger consumers will specifically enjoy the speakers as music and shower/bath time go together!” said Henderson. The practise of shaving dates to ancient Roman times, with athletes using pumice stone to achieve a silky-smooth all over skin. In modern times shaving has become an everyday practise for women as hemlines have become . . .
Adventure Boot Camp has always aimed to offer affordable alternative fitness solutions. They organise outdoor fitness camps that are exclusively for women. With a dream to provide the best outdoor fitness program, ABC creates a revitalising, fun and secure outdoor environment where the women can workout. The ABC community hopes to give women a place where there they can find a sense of belonging through their fitness journey. The strong and dedicated team of professionals guide women throughout the journey and ensure that the camps run smoothly. Their personal trainers pay individual attention to each woman, motivating them and providing fitness solutions that ensure that they feel healthy and confident. Features of Their Fitness Program: At ABC, there are no mundane routines and sweaty gym equipment. Rather, their innovative alternative workouts are focused on different body parts which cater to women of all shapes and sizes, and of all fitness levels. From beginners to fitness enthusiasts, no one is left out, and they do not pressurise anyone to go beyond what they are capable of. Fun and Flexible Routines: ABC understands that it is quite easy to lose interest in exercising due to the monotonous routines. In order to ensure that the women stay interested, they offer different routines every day. Their various routines and sessions focus on different parts of the body. This leaves no chance of getting bored and also exercises the whole body. Versatile Approach: They also offer flexibility to women in terms of the sessions. One can opt for 4, 12 or 20 sessions at the Adventure Boot Camp. Their programmes involve nutrition counselling, fitness instructions and motivational training through energising and fun activities. Weight-Loss: With the ABC outdoor fitness program, individuals are able to lose weight and reduce body fat. Improvement in centimetres is guaranteed when you keep yourself motivated and commit to your workout routine. Inspiring . . .
uShaka Village Walk has now become a part of the Point Park run that launched late last month on Saturday , September 22nd. Park Run is a worldwide 5km free timed run which was initiated by a South African living in the UK where in Bushy park, Teddington, UK, in October 2004 the first run took place. There are now 1005 Park runs taking place worldwide, with uShaka now being the 164th participating venue in South Africa. 2017 saw 2526 people participated in the North Beach Park run, setting a new world record which created a need to locate a new venue hence this walk run now taking place at uShaka Marine World at Village Walk. This particular park run makes uShaka Marine World the 2nd shopping centre to host this event in South Africa. According to Fordyce, the CEO of Park Run SA, this particular run it is a truly fun event and quite unique since it goes through a retail space. This particular course begins at Marine and Bean Café at 8am each Saturday morning, heads along the promenade, then south into uShaka Marine World Village Walk Shopping Complex, right through to the entrance of uShaka World. The course then heads back through Village walk, and onto the promenade, making it a 2 lap course starting at 7am and ending at 9am each and every Saturday. To find out more about the Park Run contact email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
It’s “Pinktober” and Satin Candy, home to exquisite bras and luxurious lingerie, is partnering with the Pink Drive and are affording all customers the opportunity to have complimentary breast examinations in store and for every Satin Candy Purchase, they will donate R50 towards this charitable cause. “The majority of women who come into our stores for the first time often wear the wrong size bra. Many of them don’t know the health risks that are caused by wearing the incorrect sized bra. These health risks could even lead to breast cancer. We really care about our Satin Candy ladies and we’re excited to partner with the Pink Drive to further educate our community. For every in-store purchase, we will donate R50 towards the Pink Drive as well,” says Satin Candy founder, Sandra Thomas. The Pink Drive team will be doing breast examinations at Satin Candy’s Kloof branch on Tuesday, October 16th and at the Windermere branch on Friday, October 19th, from 10h00 until 14h00. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed in October every year. According to the South African National Cancer Registry, one in 27 women in South Africa will be diagnosed with breast cancer and, according to the Cancer Association of South Africa; one in eight stands the chance of getting some type of cancer! The good news is that breast cancer, like other types of cancers, is treatable when detected early. Early detection is absolutely crucial in ensuring effective treatment and a positive outcome. That’s why it’s important for you to examine your breasts regularly and to go for medical check-ups. The Pink Drive KZN Administrator, Janice Benecke, believes the partnership with Satin Candy will go a long way to growing awareness. “Our partnership with one of Durban’s’ leading bra boutiques can definitely help us to extend our reach and accomplish our mission of helping women through early detection, education and support services,” she said. For more information pertaining to the . . .
Nearly 200 locals from Glenwood showed their support for breast cancer awareness by participating in the second annual fun walk, that took place this past weekend, Sunday October 7th. The 5km walk / run took place from Davenport Square Shopping Centre in Glenwood, and followed the route along Bulwer Road, through to Penzance Road, Esther Roberts Road and ended back at Davenport Square. The objective of this fun run / walk was to promote awareness of those with breast cancer, providing support to families and communities who are affected by CANSA as well as drive the message to promote, create awareness, as well as encourage women to get checked regularly. Over R12 000 was raised for CANSA to fight against cancer from this particular the fun run/walk and was sponsored by Green Legends, Quatro Cleaning Services and Curves Gym. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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, the Durban Wellness Festival, supported by SASA, Lily and Clover Tropika Slenda, as well as the Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward, 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 a Yoga Laughter Session and 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 . . .
Engen Driver Wellness once again brings health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. As part of National Transport month, Engen officially launched the annual programme on 1 October. Running for its seventh year, Engen Driver Wellness will reach 19 sites in four provinces during October. Truck drivers in the Western Cape were invited to receive free health screenings at the Engen Winelands 1 Stop on October 8th; Engen Swartlands on October 9th and Engen Kempston Truck Stop in Epping Industrial on October 11th Mobile clinics are set up at selected Engen Truck Stops and retail service stations and the screenings are conducted by qualified nurses and councillors and include blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, BMI (Body Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS tests. The drivers also receive free meals, caps and water bottles after each assessment. Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Adhila Hamdulay says the main aim of this initiative is to improve health through awareness. “Education helps to remind drivers why their health is important and how life choices affect their well-being. Ultimately, this increases their health, safety and productivity.” A clear indication that this intervention is making a difference is the marked increase in the number of individuals using the services. In 2017, 3 217 drivers took advantage of the voluntary health screenings of which 44% were found to have some form of concern. Abnormalities included being over-weight or obese, which accounted for 20% of drivers; 3.5% tested high for glucose levels and cholesterol. Five per cent of drivers tested high for blood pressure and 3% screened tested positive for TB. Drivers who tested positive for HIV totalled 6.7% and just over 2% tested positive for STI’s. Adds Hamdulay: “As testing is voluntary, the incremental acceptance of health management as a path to longevity and wellbeing are important indicators that health empowerment is . . .