Cape Town, South Africa
The LiveWell Program is an ongoing initiative to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their associated behavioral risk factors. It consists of two arms: LiveWell-Challenge and LiveWell-Reach.
LiveWell-Challenge focuses on healthy eating and physical activity, taking place weekly at community centers. The Challenge is provided by trained staff and at no cost. To date, it has reached over 600 community members across 10 sites located in low-income areas.
City Health refers clients from clinics, provides health education, and conducts biometric monitoring of progress. Also, library and information services register participants as library users and train them to access information on healthy lifestyles, such as accessing affordable (<$2.5) healthy recipe ideas.
Recreation and Parks hosts exercise programs, incorporating the participants into existing Active Communities programs post-Challenge. Social Development creates community champions through their 'Women for Change' (WFC) program.
LiveWell-Reach targets city employees and guides them through the LiveWell journey during a 3-hour workshop that summarizes eight community education sessions. The acquired knowledge not only benefits the staff, both physically and mentally, but also fosters ownership of the LiveWell program for those running it.