The Durban University of Technology’s Department of Student Counselling and Health Services held a Mental Health and Wellness Fair event, today 29 March 2017 at the Fred Crookes Sports Centre.


The event was a huge success with RadioDUT’s presenters Othembela Menzelwa and Sibonelo Mdunge as the MC’s and doing us proud and raising the RadioDUT flag high.
Ntando Buthelezi, PR intern student at Isolempilo Clinic and organizer of event says the aim of the Mental Health and Wellness Fair event was to promote a healthy and proactive lifestyle for students so they can get the opportunity to visit the different exhibitors and learn not only the physical but also the emotional and mental health.
“Upon planning this event we conducted a survey at the clinic and found out that most students, especially those living at res depend mostly on junk food, hence we saw the need to invite different stakeholders with the hope that after this event students will be able to go out and lead healthy lifestyles with the information received from exhibitors,” said Buthelezi.
Exhibitors that were available to offer their services and educate students were namely the Joint Medical Holdings, Isolempilo Clinic, South Africans Against Drunk Driving, SANBS, Virgin Active Health Club, DUT’s Chiropratic Students Association, Disability Rights Unit, The Rose Clinic, The HIV/AIDS Centre to name a few.
Xolani and Yandisa Dumisa graced us with music items and poetry which kept us glued and wanting for more, while Zumba Fitness and Virgin Active demonstrated aerobics sessions along with good music and in closing the DUT’s Kung-Fu-Thai Chi sessions were demonstrated.
In closing Sister Lesi Mbewu, DUT Isolempilo Clinic Professional Nurse thanked everyone who made the Mental Health and Wellness Fair event a success, especially their managers who sponsored the event.
“I would like to all sponsors of the event, the main organiser Ntando Buthelezi, the different stakeholders who exhibited and offered their services to our students, the students in general who came through to the event, the different speakers, performers and RadioDUT as a whole,” said Sister Mbewu.
The way we live our lives has a huge impact whether negative or positive, therefore we should live healthy lifestyles.

By: Nqobile Maphalala

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