Government campaign promotes healthy living Participants at yesterday’s wellness programme

Innocent Kurira, [email protected]

THE Ministry of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture yesterday embarked on a “Walk for Life” campaign aimed at encouraging healthy living and abstinence from drug abuse in Bulawayo.

The walk commenced at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo statue in the Central Business District and finished at Khumalo Hockey Stadium where participants took part in aerobics and zumba sessions.

Participants also took part in some sporting games after the walk.

Among those who took part were staff from Government departments, universities, colleges, schools and community representatives.
Speaking after the walk, Morris Mbewe, who was standing in for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Judith Ncube, encouraged citizens to partake in physical exercises.

“We are gathered here on this memorable day. It is a day set aside by the Government of Zimbabwe so that we have this health awareness programme. This year’s event is being held under the theme ‘My Health My Stride.’

“It is important that people be encouraged to walk. People now have no time to exercise. We are no longer moving long distances like before. The food we eat compounds a lot of diseases which we can minimise by walking and exercising. That way, we increase our blood flow and we become healthy,” said Mbewe.

He further explained the importance of the annual event.

“The Walk for Life programme is done annually with the view to cultivate active living citizens as well as to retain the healthy well-being of communities in the country.

“The programme also desires to educate people on the benefits of participating in sport and recreation. The Walk for Life programme augments the promotion of fitness and wellness among people in different communities. A platform will be created where people from different communities, officials from different ministries assemble to appreciate the benefits of partaking in sport,” said Mbewe.

The Government believes sport has a major role to play in curbing issues to do with drug and substance abuse that have bedevilled the country.
Zimbabwe recently declared drug and substance abuse a national disaster and swift mitigation measures are being put in place.

As the country is fighting against the drug pandemic, sports activities are also playing a vital role in reducing the drug problem.

Sport provides life skills training that gives one resilience against risky and anti-social behaviour.

At the same time sporting activities employ skills teaching that increases adaptive and positive behaviour and, thereby, addresses risk factors related to violence, crime and drug use. —@innocentskizoe

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