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UN Uganda staff celebrate Wellness Day

“I feel refreshed and energized. Something that I was not feeling before the yoga session”, said Fridah, a United Nations (UN) staff working with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uganda with a beaming face.

Fridah is among the staff that participated in the yoga session at the UN staff wellness day at Kati-Kati grounds in Kampala.

The day presented an opportunity for the United Nations to reach out to its personnel to ensure that they are all health conscious and working in an environment free from any form of Stigma and Discrimination.

While addressing staff at the event, Ms. Rosa Malango, UN Resident Coordinator emphasized the need for each and every one to finding ways to live and lead healthier and less stressful lives.

“We can begin with the simple steps of eating healthier, lighter meals at night, sitting in an upright position while at work, and trying to balance the work load”, said Ms. Malango.

She added that work-life balance should not just be looked at as a “fancy” word but an important message that needs to be given attention because without mental and physical fitness one is likely to be less effective at their work.

The event also helped to unite staff in the fight against HIV by encouraging them to show support to colleagues, friends and family members infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. It also marked one of the efforts through which the UN in Uganda is implementing the sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), particularly Goal 3 which advocates for Good Health and Wellbeing.

The day had a series of activities such as yoga as a relaxation technique, free comprehensive health screening, for communicable and non-communicable diseases, including blood pressure checks, cervical and prostate cancer checks, and physiotherapy consultations.

UN Cares was launched in 2008 with 10 minimum standards as part of the UN systems wide workplace programme on HIV and AIDS that aims at ensuring and enabling all staff in the United Nations and their families to have access to HIV and AIDS prevention, education, voluntary counseling and testing- services and a workplace free of stigma and discrimination.

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