Today is World Diabetes day  and in commemoration of the day, the City of Cape Town has launched an awareness programme to educate people on how to reduce chronic diseases.  Statistics in 2015 showed that Diabetes, also known as the silent killer, was responsible for one in 20 deaths in South Africa. According to the City, over the coming months they will implement an informative public awareness campaign to show residents how they can help to reduce their risk of obesity and preventable disease. This includes diabetes, by avoiding a proven risk factor which is sugary drinks. Adopting a strong leadership position on the issue, the City will also move towards reducing the accessibility of sugary drinks within all City of Cape Town-controlled buildings.

To encourage getting healthy, the metro is also hosting Zumba classes and has invested in outdoor gyms. Mayor Patricia de Lille has urged residents to make use of these facilities provided by the city as there it is a cost-effective way of getting into shape. Here is a list of outdoor gyms that is available for public use:

1. Gardenia Park Outdoor Gym

Where: Gardenia Street, Atlantis

Contact: [email protected]

2. Hout Bay Common Park

Where: Bainskloof Road, Hout Bay

Contact: [email protected]

3. Maynardville Park

Where: Claren Road, Wynberg

Contact[email protected]

4. Morning Park Outdoor Gym

Where: Beach Road, Durbanville

Contact: [email protected]

5. Muritz Park Outdoor Gym

Where: Muritz Close, Steenberg

Contact[email protected]

6. Greenfield Circle Park outdoor Gym

Where: Greenfield Circle, Ottery

Contact: [email protected]

7. Gregory Park

Where: Rohm Street, Goodwood

Contact: [email protected]

8. Jack Muller

Where: Frans Conradie Drive, Boston

Contact: [email protected]

9. Kingfisher Road

Where: Kingfisher Road, Southfield

Contact: [email protected]

10. Paradise Park

Where: Cnr Hiddingh and Alster Avenue, Newlands

Contact: [email protected]

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Athenkosi

Athenkosi Sawutana - also known as Athi - is an avid reader who reads anything from crumpled newspapers to old literature. If she is not reading, then she’s fiddling with yarn and a crochet stick - she thinks crocheting is a cool skill to have and one day hopes to pass this ancient skill on to her children.