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5 Health Tips To Celebrate National Women’s Day And Foster Women’s Well-being

Affinity Health, a leading provider of high-quality health cover, commemorates National Women’s Day by offering five tips to empower women to enhance their health.


National Women’s Day, celebrated annually on August 9, commemorates the impactful Women’s March of 1956 in South Africa. Thousands of women from diverse backgrounds marched together to protest the discriminatory pass laws enforced by the apartheid government.


Today, National Women’s Day serves as a reminder of the bravery and sacrifices made by women in history and a call to continue the ongoing fight for gender equality, women’s rights, and empowerment.


“In celebration of National Women’s Day, it’s pertinent to focus on an aspect of women’s lives that is often overlooked – health. Women, as the heart of families, communities, and societies, often prioritise the health needs of others over their own,” says Murray Hewlett, CEO of Affinity Health.


Affinity Health offers these five health tips for women:

Tip 1: Prioritise Preventive Healthcare

Women often play multiple roles in their lives, prioritising the health and needs of their loved ones. However, it’s essential to remember the importance of self-care and commit to prioritising your health.


One crucial aspect of maintaining good health is through routine health checks. Regular breast and cervical cancer screenings, cardiovascular health, bone density, and other age-specific tests can help detect potential issues early on, increasing the chances of successful treatment and prevention.


Additionally, staying up-to-date with recommended vaccinations is vital in protecting yourself from preventable diseases. Vaccines play a significant role in safeguarding your overall well-being and can help prevent serious illnesses.

Tip 2: Maintain a Balanced Diet

Proper nutrition plays a significant role in preventing chronic diseases and promoting overall well-being. Women who eat a healthy diet live longer and have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

  • Lean proteins, such as poultry, fish, legumes, and nuts, can help build and repair tissues.
  • Healthy fats from sources like avocados, olive oil, and nuts contribute to heart health.
  • Fruit and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibre.
  • Grains contribute to heart health and can reduce the risk of chronic conditions like diabetes and certain types of cancer.
  • Dairy products like milk, yoghurt, and cheese are excellent sources of calcium, protein, and other essential nutrients.
  • Drinking an adequate amount of water is also essential for optimal health. Proper hydration aids in digestion, nutrient absorption, and overall bodily functions. Make it a habit to drink water throughout the day and listen to your body’s thirst signals.

Tip 3: Incorporate Regular Exercise

The benefits of exercise extend beyond just physical fitness; it also contributes to improved mood, enhanced cognitive function, and reduced risk of chronic diseases.


Consistency is critical when it comes to reaping the benefits of exercise. Even committing to as little as 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week can make a noticeable difference in your overall health. Whether it’s brisk walking, cycling, dancing, or any other activity that elevates your heart rate, strive to make it a regular part of your lifestyle.


Discovering physical activities you genuinely enjoy is crucial for maintaining long-term exercise adherence. Consider exploring various options, such as swimming, hiking, group fitness classes, or team sports, until you find something that resonates with your interests and preferences.

Tip 4: Manage Stress

Incorporating regular meditation into your daily routine can profoundly affect your mental health. Meditation is a powerful tool that helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.


By practising mindfulness and focusing on the present moment, meditation promotes relaxation, improves emotional resilience, and enhances overall well-being. Find a quiet space, sit comfortably, and let go of racing thoughts as you concentrate on your breath or engage in guided meditation exercises.


Strong social connections and meaningful relationships are essential for emotional health. Spending quality time with friends, family, and loved ones can provide support, encouragement, and a sense of belonging.


If you find yourself experiencing persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or overwhelming stress, don’t hesitate to reach out for professional help.

Tip 5: Ensure Enough Quality Sleep

Sleep plays a crucial role in our physical and mental health, serving as a time for the body’s healing and repair processes.


Aim to get between seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. This duration allows your body enough time to go through essential sleep cycles, including deep sleep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which are crucial for physical and mental restoration. Prioritising sleep means making it a non-negotiable part of your routine and recognising its importance for overall well-being.


Establishing a regular sleep schedule involves going to bed and waking up simultaneously each day, even on weekends. This practice helps regulate your body’s internal clock, the circadian rhythm. Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule supports your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up refreshed.

About Affinity Health

Affinity Health is South Africa’s leading health cover provider, offering you a range of options at affordable rates, including access to the widest national provider network. We understand the importance of having medical insurance that meets your needs, budget, and lifestyle. Our healthcare products are designed to protect you and your family when it matters the most. We strive to give our clients peace of mind and the highest standard of service. For more information, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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