AFTER a two-year Covid-19 pandemic-induced break, financial institution CABS has revived its fitness and wellness programme that aims to keep its workforce physically fit by taking part in various sporting events.
Over the weekend the CABS sports teams converged on Bulawayo for a day away from the office to play netball and football at White City Stadium.
The netball and football teams consisted of players from the financial institution’s branches across the country.
The bank’s football side played a mini tournament that also featured the Bulawayo Legends – a grouping of former players who include ex-AmaZulu trio of Herbert Dick, Ronald Sibanda, Voster Chitema, celebrated ex-Highlanders midfielder Johannes Ngodzo and former Warriors striker Zenzo Moyo.
CABS official David Nkatha said the physical well-being and mental health of their employees was of paramount importance and the institution was happy that they were now able to play sports again.
“The everyday office environment can take a huge toll on the mental well-being of any employee so it’s important that we meet outside the office for a day of sports and fun to re-energise ourselves.
“The CABS fitness programme has been around for years but was disturbed by the Covid-19 pandemic and as soon as the authorities lifted restrictions on gatherings and partaking in sports activities, we quickly revived it.
“Everyone who is gathered here today (Saturday) is an employee of CABS from the various branches that we have throughout the country and it’s good to see everyone relaxed and enjoying themselves,” said Nkatha.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), regular physical activity helps prevent and treat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer.
It also helps prevent hypertension and obesity and can improve mental health, quality of life and well-being hence it is important for workers to make time out of the office to play sports and do regular physical activity.