By Noor Eszereen Juferi
Photo by Noor Azreen Awang
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 April (UPM) – Led by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) students were taken through the paces as they observed World Physical Activity Day 2013 that was intended to drive home the value of physical activity to good health.
A daily walk up the stairs instead of the lifts, a walk to the shops, lecture halls or library instead of the cars or motorcycles would go a long way to promote health and non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer, said the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Prof. Dr. Lekhraj Rampal.
The ultimate goal of World Physical Activity Day is to get people from all age groups to perform more physical activity.
“The main activity of this programme is a ‘3km Walk Againts Hypertension’ and the objective to support the global initiative of health promotion which is celebrated as the World Health Day,” he said.
He encouraged the public to accumulate 30 minutes of physical activity every day unless there are specific health conditions that prevent one from doing so.
“Doing some physical activity is better than doing none. Inactive people should start with small amount of physical activity and gradually increase the duration, frequency and intensity over time,” he added.
The ‘Walk Againts Hypertension’ was officiated by Miss Universe Malaysia, Carey Ng and 2nd Runner Up, May Salitah Naru Kiob along with 350 students from UPM and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Aminuddin Baki, Kuala Lumpur.
The programmme was part of the cooperation between the Putra Medical Club of UPM, the Malaysian Medical Association and the Department of Health of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
Other programmes for the day were aerobic exercises, health screening, exhibition, family and youth activities such as colouring contest, kite making contest, all with the theme of hypertension.
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