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Healthy Food Guide distribution

We created this free Healthy Food Guide to help people with diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol make healthier choices. It’s also useful if you want to lose weight.

Distribution is an essential part of what makes the Healthy Food Guide work. We send free printed copies to anyone who asks for them, anywhere in South Africa. We focus mainly on public clinics, community healthcare centres and public hospitals, as we know that healthy food information is more difficult to find in the public sector.

The guide (which you can download below) offers simple advice on which foods to choose, and in what portions. It is illustrated, with very few words, so it is easy to understand no matter your language. The response has been very positive, and we are constantly asked to send out copies.

We’ve edited the Healthy Food Guide based on feedback from public clinic dieticians, National Department of Health, behavioural scientists and endocrinologists. Take a look below!

Download your free copy here

Healthy Food Guide distribution

Here is an update of where and how far we have distributed the Healthy Food Guides:


  • Sebokeng Hospital, Vereeniging
  • Lenasia South District Hospital, Johannesburg
  • Chiawelo Community Healthcare Centre, Soweto
  • Southrand hospital, Johannesburg
  • Carletonville Hospital, Johannesburg
  • Private practice, Kyalami
  • Muelmed/Medforum Mediclinic, Pretoria
  • University of Pretoria Diabetes Research Centre


  • Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital, Kwa Mashu
  • Montebello hospital, Dalton
  • Nseleni Community Health Centre, Richards Bay
  • Queen Nandi Regional Hospital, Empangeni
  • Private practice, Ladysmith
  • Ngwelezana Hospital, Richards Bay
  • Private practice, Mount Edgecombe
  • Private practice, Empangeni
  • Protea Advanced Rehabilitation Centre, Durban


  • Mokopane hospital, Mokopane
  • Private practice, Tzaneen
  • Private practice, Thohoyandou
  • Private practice, Manyama
  • Tshilidzini hospital, Tzaneen
  • Private practice, Polokwane
  • Seshego hospital, Polokwane
  • Jamela clinic, Tzaneen
  • Van Velden hospital, Tzaneen
  • Unit R clinic, Lebowakgomo


  • KwaMhlanga hospital, KwaMhlanga
  • Witbank TB Specialized hospital, Witbank
  • Phola clinic, Mpumalanga
  • Empumelelweni CHC
  • Ermelo Regional Hospital, Ermelo
  • Kanyamazane CHC, Nelspruit
  • Lydenburg hospital, Lydenburg

North West

  • Pella ChC, Rustenburg
  • Private practice, Brits
  • Koster district hosp, Rustenburg
  • Private practice, Rustenburg
  • Netcare ferncrest hospital, Rustenburg
  • Medhuys Medical Centre, Rustenburg
  • University of the Free State

Eastern Cape

  • Port Alfred Hospital, Port Alfred
  • Bambisana hospital, Lusikisiki
  • Nompumelelo Hospital, Peddie
  • Bisho Hospital, Bisho

Western Cape

  • Delft CHC
  • Private practice, Claremont
  • Groote Schuur Diabetes Centre
  • Tafelsig Community Day Centre (CDC)
  • School of Public Health and Family Medicine, UCT
  • Diabetes Community Wellness Group, Mitchells Plain
  • The South African Lower Limb Foundation, Claremont
  • Ikhaya Diabetes Support Group, Kayamandi Stelenbosch

Free State

  • University of Free State

Do you need copies of the Healthy Food Guide, or would you like to sponsor some?

Our goal is to get this Healthy Food Guide to everyone who asks for copies. But that gets expensive – both for printing costs and courier costs. Distribution is expensive if you want to get books into the hands of people who need them!

If you know of anyone who could sponsor a print run, please let us know. And if you need copies for people with diabetes in South Africa, send us an email.

What to read next?

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Sweet Life is a registered NPO/PBO (220-984) with a single goal: to improve diabetes in South Africa. We are funded by sponsorships and donations from aligned companies and organisations who believe in our work. We only share information that we believe benefits our community. While some of this information is linked to specific brands, it is not an official endorsement of that brand. We believe in empowering people with diabetes to make the best decisions they can, to live a healthy, happy life with diabetes.