Wild Thing, located on the 3rd Floor of The Point Centre, celebrates its second birthday this month with an open day Wild Weekender on Saturday and Sunday, 11 and 12 August. The contemporary yoga studio invites friends, guests, yoga newbies and enthusiasts to a full weekend of complimentary yoga practices paired up with a funky sounds selection. Classes will be free for the full weekend, but donations will be accepted and go towards supporting the Earth Child Project, which nurtures the growth of yoga teachers across townships in Cape Town, giving the gift of yoga to our communities. Owners, Lexi Ryman and Dominique Vieira have partnered up with some of Cape Town’s leading wellness brands, including Herbivore Earthfoods, Happy Culture Kombucha, Dr Organic, Carabao Energy and One Juice, to share some birthday treats with guests throughout the festivities for the ultimate feel-good journey. Saturday 08:15 - 09:15 Fit Flow | Sculpt 09:30 - 10:30 Warm Vinyasa | Flow Sunday 08:15 - 09:00 Wild Thing Moves | HIIT 09:30 - 10:30 Warm Vinyasa | Flow 17:30 - 18:30 Flow | Vinyasa 18:45 - 19:45 Deep Stretch | Restorative Yin Spaces are limited so securing a spot is essential. Bookings to the Wild Weekender can be made on the Mind & Body App or, emailed to email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Female learners at Zinqobele Secondary School in Empangeni, Durban were thrilled to receive a visit from Clicks senior management, who handed over free washable, reusable sanitary pads as part of the health and beauty retailer’s 50th birthday celebrations. “We recognise that in order to make a meaningful difference in our society, we need to contribute time and resources and are actively encouraging our store staff to reach out and support local projects,” says David Kneale, Clicks Group CEO. Clicks store staff have identified 50 charitable causes in need of assistance. Sixteen schools will receive R1 million worth of reusable sanitary pads as part of the Girls on the Go campaign, which aims to reduce absenteeism in schools. The distribution of sanitary pads will not only enable girls from impoverished communities to attend class regularly while they have their menstruation, but also give them access to regular education and create less of a financial burden on their families. A further 34 projects will receive support through donations of toiletries, infrastructure and basic essentials. Clicks has a long tradition of giving back to local communities. In 2011, this was consolidated under the Helping Hand Trust, which delivers free basic healthcare testing and wellness services to disadvantaged South Africans through Clicks clinics. To date, over 125 000 lives have been positively touched by the services offered at over 200 Helping Hand Trust clinics in Clicks pharmacies. “We don’t view giving back as a once-off. We actively strive to ensure that our contributions are meaningful and sustainable. By giving back through established and new initiatives, we hope to make a positive contribution to our society that long outlives our 50th birthday,” concludes Kneale. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape and the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (APD) launched their annual Wheelchair Wednesday project in Uitenhage today, seeking to raise awareness about the problems people with disabilities face. Each Wednesday in Nelson Mandela Bay this month, community leaders, corporate executives, top sportsmen and women and entertainment celebrities will spend four hours in a wheelchair to experience first-hand the issues at stake. APD executive director Brian Bezuidenhout said they would follow the same modus operandi they had used for the previous six years, which had proved extremely successful. "Our view is that if it isn't broken, don't fix it," he said at the launch at SUPERSPAR Levyvale. "We will again stick to our four basic objectives." He said these were to: • Create awareness regarding issues relating to accessibility for people with disabilities within the private and public sectors of Nelson Mandela Bay; • Involve business and community leaders in making a difference by handing over 150 wheelchairs to needy beneficiaries; • Have businesses at large assess and recommend changes regarding accessibility; and • Raise much-needed funds for the APD's Ability Work Centres for persons with disabilities. The designated wheelchair operatives will be set various tasks, including visiting a SPAR store and buying bottled water from the top shelf, drawing money from an ATM and using a public toilet. They will spend four hours in the wheelchair and then provide their feedback to the APD. Bezuidenhout said previous experiences had permanently changed the attitudes of those involved, leading to important changes to assist people with disabilities. "The four hours in the wheelchair is an unforgettable experience that changes mindsets forever," he said. "Over six years some 1 300 participants of Wheelchair Wednesday have been exposed to wheelchair-related challenges. "The project has resulted in 668 wheelchairs . . .
Studies indicate that 69% of mothers breastfeed their babies at birth, but this falls to 23% after just six weeks*. One of the reasons for this is that when new mothers return to work they often stop breastfeeding as they don’t feel as though they have the facilities or support they need in order to do so. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, Limpopo MEC of Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, unveiled the Limpopo Department of Health’s newly revamped staff breastfeeding and expressing room at the Department of Health (DOH) Offices in Limpopo, this morning. The furniture and appliances were funded by the South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR) and Sostieni, to help set an example of breastfeeding best practice in the workplace. “By establishing a breastfeeding room at DOH Limpopo, we hope to support breastfeeding mothers, and set a precedent and an example of how to support breastfeeding women in the work place. Employers play an integral part in supporting working breastfeeding mothers, by providing time and a dedicated space for breastfeeding and expressing at work. This helps to improve the long term quality of life for both mothers and children,’ says Ramathuba. “We want to make breastfeeding and expressing milk at work a norm. The children of today are the workforce of tomorrow, we need to ensure that they have every chance of survival,” continues Ramathuba. The benefits of exclusive breastfeeding have been widely documented, with research showing that breastfed children have at least a six times greater chance of survival.*** Breastmilk contains all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals babies need to stay healthy. Mothers with children younger than 6-months are, by law, entitled to at least two 30-minute breastfeeding breaks a day; over and above their lunch breaks. “Through the creation of work environments which support expressing and breastfeeding as the norm, we are not only supporting our children, but we are emancipating and empowering . . .
A recent study by the Water Research Council has found microplastic in the drinking water of both Tshwane and Johannesburg. Among other recommendations, the authors of the paper (H Bouwman, K Minnaar, C Bezuidenhout and C Verster, of the University of the North West) recommend further research to establish “the leaching of chemicals from plastics under South African conditions (high temperatures, dry periods and UV); … accumulation in humans, animals, plants, and other biota; [and] microplastics in ground and tap waters…” The study notes that “the import, manufacture, use, formulation, sale, and export of microbeads in products” is banned in the USA, UK, Sweden and elsewhere, and calls for the South African government to institute a similar, “immediate” ban. In an interview with News24, Professor Henk Bouwman, one of the researchers, said, "There is no consensus yet on any health impacts as the science is still in its infancy. It might be benign, and it might not be. There are a whole lot of things we don't understand at this stage." Tshwane and Johannesburg were the only two cities where tap water was tested. Considering that an international study by Orb Media, found that 94% of tap water in the USA and 72% in Europe contained microplastics, one would assume there would be similar results for drinking water coming out of taps in other South African cities. Unfortunately, bottled water is not the solution. Researchers in the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences of Fredonia University in New York tested “27 different lots of bottled water from eleven different brands purchased in nineteen locations across nine different countries” for microplastic contamination. 93% tested positive. Researchers noted that “Analysis of microplastics by micro-Raman spectroscopy” by Schymanski et al. (2018), along with their own study indicated that “at least part of the microplastic contamination [arose] from the packaging material and/or the bottling . . .
What is it that makes a building feel like home? More specifically, what are the elements that personalise a living space so that it echoes an individual’s sense of self and evokes memories of a full and colourful life – particularly for those living with dementia? “While those with advanced dementia may struggle to remember the immediate past, they are often able to remember their more distant memories and many enthusiastically relate their rich earlier experiences in vivid detail,” says Donovan Seeliger from Republic Interiors, an independent interior designer who provides services to dementia care facility Livewell Villages in Bryanston, Johannesburg. Taking into account a range of innovative approaches and perspectives in dementia care, Livewell contracts interior consultants who are experienced in developing environments especially suited to the elderly and those who live with dementia. The result of these efforts is a more comprehensive approach to caring for people with dementia in South Africa. “For many elderly individuals, moving to a care facility is a significant life change, and is quite understandably an emotional time for them and their families. The Livewell team consequently goes to great lengths to ease this transition to their new home and to make the person with dementia feel safe, comfortable, and at home in their new environment,” he explains. Cultivating familiarity and reminiscence in a new setting Seeliger says that a critical aspect of his work is to develop environments that assist in creating a sense of familiarity and safety for people with dementia. This is particularly important for the new resident, relocating from a home environment where they have most likely spent a number of years. Seeliger himself puts a great deal of time and effort into establishing the personal tastes and preferences of the elderly individual prior to the big move. This is done to ensure that they have a seamless move into the care facility as . . .
As a celebration of the power, individuality and spirit of South African women, the innovative Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI - will be returning, bringing financial advice alongside the best health, wellness, beauty and décor to Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza, from 29 to 30 September 2018. “We are really excited to be hosting the Women’s Lifestyle Expo to give South African women, of all ages and stages of their lives, the opportunity to have a day that is all about them,” explained Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “In today’s busy world, we tend to leave ourselves as last priority. The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is about indulging ourselves, whilst having fun with friends, moms or daughters. It’s all about us. Building on the success of the inaugural Women’s Lifestyle Expo, held in Cape Town, this has become a platform to celebrate our diversity, shared experiences, passion and varied interests. We want every woman who attends to experience the very latest trends, and learn about relevant topics, vital to their health, wealth and social wellbeing.” The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is brought to you by FMI, a division of Bidvest Life Ltd – South Africa’s up-and-coming life insurer and leader in income protection. The expo’s mission to empower and educate women to live healthier, better lives directly aligns with FMI’s values and philosophy. "We are passionate about helping individuals make the right decisions when it comes to securing their financial future by emphasizing the importance of income protection and critical illness cover – something that every single woman should ensure they have,” explained Grace Winter, Head of Brand Communications at FMI. In addition to business and financial advice, the event promises a full line-up of interactive talks and seminars by experts in beauty, nutrition, health, fitness, décor …and more. Among the speakers will be Dr Jaysen Knetzovich, the head of genetics research at AMPATH . . .
The Limpopo MEC of Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, and the South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR), in partnership with sponsor Sostieni and the South African Civil Society for Women’s Adolescent’s and Children’s health, will launch the Limpopo Department of Health’s newly revamped staff breastfeeding and expressing room at the Department of Health Offices in Limpopo on Wednesday 01 August 2018. The upgrades and equipment were sponsored by the SABR and Sostieni, in celebration of World Breast Feeding Week (01-07 August) and in support of the mandate that aids breastfeeding mothers at work. It is hoped that this room will set a precedent and an example of how to support breastfeeding women in the work place. Employers play an integral part in supporting working breastfeeding mothers by providing time and a dedicated space for breastfeeding and expressing at work. This in turn improves the long term quality of life for both mothers and children. Members of the media are invited to attend the launch in support of all breastfeeding mothers and babies in South Africa. Event details: Date: Wednesday, 01 August 2018 Time: 10:00 Venue: Department of Health Limpopo, First Floor, Office 149, 18 College Street, Polokwane RSVP and media enquiries:Tiffany Mac Sherry, Cell: 084 423 3466, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Issued by: The South African Breastmilk Reserve CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
BON Hotels calls on hotel guests #BONangels, to support their sanitary wear drive. An average of 2 million schoolgirls miss 60 days of school each year because they cannot afford sanitary wear - to put that in perspective, this means that they are missing almost an entire term of school - many of them even drop out of school altogether! To this end and leading up to Women’s Day, BON Hotels is calling upon all of their BONangels – our staff, the community, guests and visitors - to support their Woman2Woman drive to collect sanitary wear for all the women, girls, wives, mothers, girlfriends and sisters in need. Marelise Stehlik from BON Hotels says, “I think that so many of us take it for granted that we have the money to buy toiletries and sanitary wear every month. It was heart-wrenching for me to listen to the plight of these women on a radio interview. In South Africa I am aware of a few initiatives we have running and so we, BON Hotels, decided to help out by making this our BONangels project in the run-up to Women’s Day.” Stehlik adds a fitting quote to celebrate and help the women in need. ‘She is clothed in dignity and strength and laughs without fear of the future.’ Donations can be dropped off in the BONangels donation bins located at any BON Hotel reception. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 July 2018 – Herbalife Nutrition South Africa has announced an exciting addition to its targeted nutrition range of products, Pro-Core. Pro-Core is a water mixable drink powder, formulated with a unique complex of ingredients especially designed for everyday support. Its key active ingredient is Epicor?, a yeast-based fermentate. The delicious blackcurrant flavoured drink mix is provided in individual servings (each serving is a 3.7 g stick pack) and can be taken once a day with 150 ml warm or cold water, or added to your favourite Formula 1 Shake. Pro-Core provides four essential vitamins and minerals and is particularly high in vitamin D, vitamin C, Selenium and Zinc (>30 % NRV). “Herbalife Nutrition’s Pro-Core, with its key properties that support the body’s nutritional needs, makes it a perfect addition to our family of nutrition products,” says Thilo Naidoo Herbalife Nutrition Country Director, Southern Africa. The essential vitamins and minerals in Pro-Core (vitamin D, vitamin C, Selenium and Zinc) all play an important role in vital everyday body functions. “At Herbalife Nutrition we believe that eating a varied and balanced diet, coupled with a healthy active lifestyle is key to living well. Pro-Core, when consumed correctly, can play a useful role in that lifestyle choice,” Naidoo added. Pro-Core will be available from 23 July, exclusively through Herbalife Nutrition’s network of Independent Members (distributors). For more information on how to purchase products go to http://contact.herbalife.co.za/?leadtype=pr Herbalife Nutrition’s Pro-Core comes in boxes of 10 x 3.7 g stick packs. Herbalife Nutrition can be found online at www.herbalife.co.za, and on Facebook @HerbalifeSouthAfrica CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .