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Morning walk focuses on reducing inactivity

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, March 27, 2014

THE Move for Health morning walk is aimed at reducing levels of physical inactivity and Fiji's sedentary lifestyle, says Health Ministry Wellness Unit co-ordinator Elizabeth Younger.

The annual event organised by Westpac aims to encourage people around Fiji to take part in 11 centres on Saturday.

"The Move for Health morning walk is a population-based event," Ms Younger said.

"This event provides a focal point to generate public awareness of the benefits of physical activity of any type that anyone can perform anywhere to improve health."

She said the walk would incorporate the concept of bringing people together in a spirit of fun, inclusivity and support of healthy active living.

"The Ministry of Health has adopted the Global Health Target of reducing the levels of physical inactivity by 20 per cent by 2025.

"With a more specific focus on increasing by 5 per cent (every year) the percentage of Fiji's Healthy adult (18-65 years and above) population engaged in 30 minutes of walking at moderate intensity on most days of the week by 2025.

"This is equivalent to brisk walking," she said.

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