EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Walking can improve a person’s health and deliver a sustainable physical fitness that can have positive impact on health and quality of life, Walk4health The Gambia officials said during their first year anniversary celebration over the weekend.
Held at Friendship hostel in the independence stadium in Bakau, the anniversary celebration aimed at inspiring more people to take walking as hobby to improve their health conditions.
The celebration was attended by people from different works of life, including civil servants, private sector, who walked more than 6 kilometers.
Former youth and sports minister and coordinator of the event, Sheriff ML Gomez thanked the participants and encouraged for more people to adore walking to improve their health system, saying walking can help to build resilience to fight non-communicable diseases.
Local governments and Lands minister, James Gomez commended Sheriff Gomez for coming up with the laudable initiative, which he said is part of complimenting government efforts in building a healthy nation. He said the initiative will also bring unity among people as it does not represent any political party affiliation.
Momodou Gassama of World Health Organisation said it is important to have a healthy work force, as there cannot be any development when a country is dominated by sick people.
Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment and can be done at any time of the day. It is a great way to improve or maintain one’s overall health.
Physical activity does not have to be vigorous or done for long period in order to improve one’s health, and unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.
After celebrating one year anniversary, walk4health team hope that one day the initiative will become a national agenda by having a national walking day.
Written by Amadou Kanteh