Exercise regularly, Malaysians advised
The Star - Monday, 8 April 2002

KUALA LUMPUR: The country celebrated World Health Day yesterday with a call to more Malaysians to take regular exercise.

Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng said celebrating World Health Day with the theme Move for Health was aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of health.

He said the Government encouraged the people to take part in physical activities regularly to improve their health.

According to Chua, of the total of 30,319 registered deaths at government hospitals in 2000, 15.8% died of heart-related diseases, 13.7% of septicaemia, 9.3% of cancer, 9.2% of stroke and 7.9% of injuries.

This, he said, showed that cardiovascular and cancer diseases were the major cause of death in the country.

"It is advisable for an adult to exercise three times a week for about 30 minutes each time to maintain good health," he said in his speech read out by his deputy Datuk Seri Dr Suleiman Mohamed.

World Health Day, organised by the ministry, started off with a fun walk at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa here, with the participation of about 3,000 people.

Other activities like tai chi exercises and a lucky draw were also held. Several booths were also set up to provide information on health and various diseases.


Added: Tuesday, 09 April, 2002 02:46 PM