VUT Phethogo Wellness Run & Walk Programme, a resounding success in promoting social cohesion and healthy lifestyles among staff and students.
By: Themba Nyovane – 13 October 2023
Recently, the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) hosted the Phethogo Wellness Run & Walk programme themed “Know your Worth” at VUT Isak Styl stadium.
The Phetogo Wellness Programme is an initiative of the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation and the Department of Health in Gauteng. Phetogo, which means “Change “Wellness Programme, is aimed at encouraging Gauteng citizens to live and lead a healthy lifestyle.
At VUT, the program was embraced by the Community Engagement Department in collaboration with the Centre of Academic Development (CAD), Campus Clinic, Institutional HIV/Aids Unit (IHAU), Creative Arts Department, Student Counselling and Support, Sports, Residence Living and Learning, Green Campus Initiative (GCI), and VUT Campus TV. Externally, the event garnered support from Sedibeng and Emfuleni Municipalities, Love Life, Clinix, Fix a Woman’s Crown, Planet Fitness, Cell C, Sanlam, and VTC.
In addition to the main purpose of encouraging healthy lifestyle among staff and students, the event also sought to promote social cohesion and cooperation among different departments within VUT. It also aimed to ensure that VUT students and staff members do not isolate themselves and are aware of the assistance and support accessible within the VUT community as these programs contribute to their overall wellbeing and life satisfaction.
Mr Joseph Radebe, the Acting Director of Community Engagement, inaugurated the program by expressing gratitude for the collaborative partnership that contributed to the event’s success. In his opening remarks, Mr. Radebe acknowledged the importance of wellness for both staff, students, and surrounding community members. He emphasized that the program plays a vital role in enhancing the overall well-being and development of staff, students, and communities. “Such programs are designed to address various aspects of physical, mental, emotional health, academic performance, life skills, lifestyle choices, and community support,” he remarked.
Activities of the day included a 5km fun run/walk and health and wellness activities such as aerobics, yoga, and loads of entertainment.
In closing, the VUT Phethogo Wellness Run & Walk Programme achieved a remarkable success in fostering social cohesion and encouraging healthy lifestyles among the university’s staff, community members, and students.