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MTN promotes healthy lifestyles in SA

January 7, 2009 • Mobile and Telecoms

MTNhires_logo.gifLEADING South African based mobile network services provider, MTN has pledged its commitment to the promotion of healthy lifestyles amid concerns that more South Africans were succumbing to ‘silent killers.’

Eunice Maluleke, General Manager: MTN SA Foundation said this initiative was aimed at highlighting the causes and prevention of such diseases as HIV, blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and dental infections among others.

“If we are going to conquer the spread, and encourage the prevention of diseases, we need to understand what causes them, what we can do to prevent them, and be able to identify the symptoms as early as possible.

“Many South Africans live with these ‘silent killer’ diseases and are unaware that they are completely treatable if kept in check. The role of educating our people lies squarely on the shoulders of all of us,” she said.

The company pledged its commitment to such a social responsibility programme through the MTN Healthy Lifestyle Day, which it celebrated last November.

“We all need to start looking at living a healthier lifestyle – not as a chore, but as a lifestyle change and embrace it in everything we do.

Regular check-ups at your doctor or clinic can help prevent a list of potential diseases which, if kept at bay, need not affect your quality of life,” Maluleke added.

The Healthy Lifestyle initiative includes educational workshops on health issues and provides a platform for all MTN staff members to be tested for these potentially life-threatening health issues In addition, the company also highlights the importance of, and providing facilities to address dental care, exercise and general fitness, as well as eye-screening.-ITNewsAfrica.com

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