Walking initiative to promote public health in Saudi Arabia

Sat, 2021-03-06 01:26

RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has celebrated the National Day for Walking, which falls on March 5.

The ministry aims to promote public health, spread the culture of walking, increase the number of walkers and help more than 500,000 persons suffering from chronic diseases.

The ministry has announced the launch of a walking challenge on March 10, where participants will set a daily objective, walking no fewer than 8,000 steps. There will be rewards for those who walk the most steps each week.

People are encouraged to download the app “Sehhaty” and register and participate.
The ministry said participants should respect social distancing and abide by precautionary measures. The challenge will be featured on social media, on the Live Well account.

Walking helps reduce bad cholesterol and excess body fat, maintain the flexibility of joints and muscle power, reduce stress and anxiety and boost mood.

Walking can also prevent osteoporosis, improve balance and blood flow, maintain a healthy weight, improve physical fitness and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart diseases, hypertension and diabetes.

This awareness work is a continuation of the ministry’s efforts to preserve society’s health and safety and encourage healthy behavior.

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