Health: Let’s move Fiji!
September marks Physical Activity month in the Health Calender and it is important to be reminded of the health benefits that we can get from just simply moving.
Physical activity reduces the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, diabetes and mental illness. Being active keeps the mind and body fresh & healthy bringing extra strength, stamina and flexibility with a positive body image.
The non-communicable disease crisis in Fiji is predicted to worsen with increasing problems of unhealthy lifestyle and behaviour according to the recently released STEPs Survey 2011. Inactivity is a contributing factor towards the risk of establishing NCDs.
Despite the positive health effects that physical activity has on the prevention of these chronic lifestyle diseases, the levels of physical activity in Fiji are alarmingly low. Fijians are not meeting moving enough to meet the recommended levels for health.
The Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate said, “Too many Fijians are currently suffering from NCDs that can be prevented through lifestyle changes such as adopting a healthier diet and increasing levels of physical activity”.
“The Ministry of Health recommends 30 mins of moderate physical activity for adults and 60 mins of play time for children on 5 or more days per week. Incorporating physical activity into your everyday routine can be easy and free”.
8th September also marked World Physical Therapy Day, an opportunity for physical therapists to raise awareness in keeping people well, mobile and independent.
The Ministry of Health & Medical Services Physiotherapy department at CWM Hospital will also be launching a 30 minute physical activity DVD which is inclusive of all and can be done by all ages and for those with disabilities who don’t have any health complications. These DVDs are free of charge and are available at the Wellness centre.
Meanwhile, Fijians are encouraged to engage in physical activity and a balanced diet. Incorporating physical activity and proper nutrition will contribute to the overall wellness of everyone, healthy or sick.