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Malnutrition in South Africa: how one community wants resources to be spent

By Fazila Olla 25-07-23 11:15

South Africa has persistently high rates of hunger and malnutrition among mothers and children. More than a quarter – 27% – of children under five are stunted and 61% of children are iron-deficient. Sixty-nine percent of women of reproductive age are overweight or obese, and 31% are iron-deficient. These figures paint a worrying picture. They […]

Half of all South Africans are overweight or obese

Half of all South Africans are overweight or obese. Warning labels on unhealthy foods can help change that

By Fazila Olla 24-07-23 11:33

South Africa’s national health department recently invited public comment on regulations for warning labels on food packaging. The regulations specify how pre-packaged food should be labelled. Broadly speaking, “front-of-pack” labels provide information about the overall nutritional quality of foods and beverages. The aim is to allow consumers to make healthier food choices. The proposed rule […]

Oprah Winfrey in South Africa talks about the impact of trauma

By Wanique Block 24-07-23 10:36

On Friday 21 July American media mogul Oprah Winfrey held conference event in Midrand, highlighting and tackling issues of trauma, education and psychological wellbeing. ALSO READ: Inspiring: Oprah Winfrey’s tips for living your best life! ‘WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?’ Hosted by the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (Owlag), the conference event was titled “What Happened to […]

People who exercise only on the weekend have similar heart-health benefits as those who exercise throughout the week

People who exercise only on the weekend have similar heart-health benefits as those who exercise throughout the week

By Fazila Olla 21-07-23 11:58

A new study analysing data from the UK Biobank has attempted to answer this very question. Around 90,000 healthy, middle-aged people wore wrist bands (accelerometers) that tracked their activity. It recorded their activity levels for a week with particular attention to moderate-to-vigorous activity (more on that later). The researchers found that in the six years […]

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VIDEO – Lifehack: The health benefits of avocado seeds

By Arnold Charles 19-07-23 16:51

Life just became a lot easier with the Lifehack series from SA People. A new life hack every day of the week – don’t miss it! WATCH | Try drinking raw egg on an empty stomach and this will happen [Video] The internet has really made things a lot easier with lifehacks. Be it trying out viral food recipes […]

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Rachel Kolisi gets candid about her struggles with mental health

By Thabo Baloyi 18-07-23 10:29

Rachel Kolisi has once again opened up about her struggles with mental health. The 33-year-old wife of rugby player Siya Kolisi got candid during an episode of My Guest Tonight with Anika Larsen, which aired earlier this year. A clip from the interview was aired just recently on eNCA. “It is still very stigmatised and […]

People in Hong Kong urged to use bombastic side eye on smokers

By Marilynn Manuel 17-07-23 13:59

In a bit of funny and bizarre news, reports have revealed that Hong Kong residents have been called to assist with the reduction of cigarette smoking in prohibited areas. Instead of minding their own business when they spot a smoker puffing away in public, they have been asked to “stare” at the smokers until they […]

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VIDEO – Lifehack: The benefits of drinking mango leaf tea

By Arnold Charles 13-07-23 16:52

Life just became a lot easier with the lifehack series from SA People. A new lifehack every day of the week – don’t miss it! WATCH | Try drinking raw egg on an empty stomach and this will happen [Video] The internet has really made things a lot easier with lifehacks. Be it trying out viral food recipes […]

Why a holiday is good for you

Why a holiday is good for you – even before you take time off

By Fazila Olla 13-07-23 12:02

You have spent the past few days on a cloud over your forthcoming, well-deserved holidays, and will go back to daydreaming about them as soon as you finish this article. And the truth is that the benefits of a good holiday can be felt even before the trip begins. Scientific studies show that merely looking […]

Common diabetes drug metformin could protect against long COVID

Common diabetes drug metformin could protect against long COVID

By Fazila Olla 13-07-23 11:50

There are no drugs to treat long COVID – a condition that affects around 2 million people in the UK alone – so you can imagine the excitement when a cheap diabetes drug called metformin was shown to decrease the risk of getting the disease. The study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, showed that […]

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6 tips on the best way to get some sleep

By Fazila Olla 11-07-23 12:08

Martin turns off the light to fall asleep, but his mind quickly springs into action. Racing thoughts about work deadlines, his overdue car service, and his father’s recent surgery occupy his mind. As he struggles to fall asleep, the hours start to creep by. He becomes frustrated about how he will cope tomorrow. This is […]

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VIDEO – Lifehack: A quick remedy for the common cold

By Arnold Charles 10-07-23 15:33

Life just became a lot easier with the lifehack series from SA People. A new lifehack every day of the week – don’t miss it! WATCH | Try drinking raw egg on an empty stomach and this will happen [Video] The internet has really made things a lot easier with lifehacks. Be it trying out viral food recipes […]

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Cholera outbreak prompts urgent health warnings in South Africa

By GCIS Vuk’uzenzele 07-07-23 14:46

The Department of Health has urged South Africans to remain vigilant and avoid known or suspected contaminated food, water and surfaces following the Cholera outbreak. “Never drink water from unsafe sources such as rivers, dams, or streams, unless boiled or disinfected first,” the department said. ALSO READ: These FIVE provinces have confirmed cholera cases Citizens are urged to […]

Aspartame: popular sweetener could be classified as a possible carcinogen by WHO

Aspartame: popular sweetener could be classified as a possible carcinogen by WHO – but there’s no cause for panic

By Fazila Olla 07-07-23 12:20

According to reports, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization (WHO), is set to declare the artificial sweetener aspartame as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. Aspartame is about 200 times sweeter than sugar and is one of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners. It’s used particularly in “low calorie” […]

Five reasons why hiking is incredibly good for you

By Sundeeka Mungroo 06-07-23 18:04

There’s just something about hiking in the great outdoors that entices us: the green trees, the fresh air and the feeling of the warmth of the sun on your skin. Whatever it may be, there are loads of reasons why being amongst nature is great for you. Here are five reasons why hiking, in particular, […]

Sunscreen on a plane? Doctor reveals why it’s a MUST

By Sundeeka Mungroo 06-07-23 17:57

SUNSCREEN IN THE SKY Do you protect your skin when you fly? A medical and cosmetic doctor who specialises in skincare, has let slip some startling information about UV exposure on flights. Sydney-based, Dr Yalda Jamali, who holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) and a Level 7 postgraduate qualification in Aesthetic Medicine, […]

Larry Nyoni, Barrister Turned Hero

Barrister turned hero, needs your help

By Fazila Olla 06-07-23 12:22

Larry Nyoni (28), a dedicated father hailing from Yeoville, Johannesburg, and working as a barrister for the Just Darling coffee van, has emerged as a true hero after demonstrating exceptional courage in the face of a life-threatening situation at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. It was a fateful day on Friday, the 23rd of June 2023, the […]

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National Health Insurance: All you need to know

By Fazila Olla 06-07-23 11:37

On 12 June 2023, the National Assembly (NA) passed the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill. The NHI Bill seeks to provide universal access to health care services in the country in accordance with the National Health Insurance White Paper and the Constitution of South Africa. The Bill envisages the establishment of a National Health Insurance […]

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