Cape Town, South Africa

LiveWell Programme

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.


“Healthier communities mean healthier economies and healthier cities. Lifestyle diseases are a challenge in South Africa, and so the City of Cape Town has made available infrastructure, education and opportunities for our residents to invest in their health and well-being, because we are a caring City, and we believe that progress is possible, if we all work together.”

Dan Plato
Executive Mayor, Cape Town, South Africa

* Disclosure: The Wellbeing Cities Award’s laureates and finalists were selected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil rights protests. In the light of these new events, our events team is working to reflect these crucial changes in the program of the Wellbeing Cities Forum.

Featured photo by Finding Dan | Dan Grinwis on Unsplash.
Photos of LiveWell Programme sent by City of Cape Town, South Africa.