Health and wellness for Wits

WORK IT: First year BSc student Neo Khokhone stretches her work out partner during bootcamp. Photo: Ilanit Chernick

WORK IT: First year BSc student Neo Khokhone stretches her work out
partner during bootcamp. Photo: Ilanit Chernick

Wits SRC campus wellness officer Jamie Mighti has challenged Witsies to “get fit” with the SRC’s fitness campaign.

The campaign, which launched on Monday in conjunction with Virgin Active aims to combat obesity and unhealthy lifestyles amongst students, and features a three-week fitness progam.

“We are trying to save lives and create long term longevity of Witsies,” Mighti said.

He encouraged Witsies to join the three-week exercise program as a way of enriching their lives and to create discipline.

“Gyming consistently creates a discipline that will trickle down into both your academic and social life,” he said.

Mighti told Wits Vuvuzela that students are careless about their health and fitness.

“It’s in our twenties when we mold our bodies. We pick up bad habits like smoking, drinking and reckless sex which can affect us for the rest of our lives.”

Mighti encouraged all students both fit and unfit to join because “something is better than nothing”.

“So far we’ve seen around 50 students attend the fitness training but we want to push this to at least 300 students.”

 “It’s in our twenties when we mold our bodies. We pick up bad habits like smoking, drinking and reckless sex which can affect us for the rest of our lives.”

His vision together with the SRC is to see Wits becoming the “healthiest university in the world.”

Promoting healthy eating and engagement with physical, emotional and social wellness are on the agenda for this year.

“Wellness is going to be a massive criteria for the university. We want happy and healthy students on our campus.”

Mighti is  also working on a “shared bicycle” initiative, which sees students being able to ride bikes around campus to different lecture halls especially when they are far from each other.

By the beginning of the second quarter, Mighti hopes that there will be at least 50 bikes on campus available for students to share-ride and use around campus.

Healthy eating on campus is also a major concern for Mighti. “We need to create a conscious awareness about healthy food especially at the vendors and the food halls at residence.”

“The university hasn’t been serious about health issues and it is time they walk-the-walk. They must take initiatives to improve health on our campus,” he said.

The fitness program will be taking place for the next two weeks on Monday and Friday from 6.30 am to 7.30 am on the Library Lawns.