Exercise for Health

Are you doing anything this weekend? There will be big health event to be held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle this Sunday. No less than President Noynoy Aquino will lead the activity.

The fitness event, dubbed “Ehersisyo Pangkalusugan Para sa Lahat 2011″, will feature different sports activities, to encourage everyone to exercise.

Participants may choose from an array of activities like biking, running/jogging, walking, aerobics for kids, volleyball, badminton and Tai Chi. Booths will be set up to disseminate information materials on existing health programs of the DOH.

The event will start from 5:30 am to 10:00 am. Participants are expected to be at the assembly point of the different events: for biking (8km to QCMC) at 6am in front of Sandiganbayan.

Simultaneously, for jogging/walking (3km to QCMC) participants will assemble at the U.P.Diliman Sunken Garden at 5:30am while jogging/walking (2km to QCMC) participants will assemble at the North Ave.-Trinoma (Open Parking Area) at 5:30am.

This activity will be participated in by government offices, local government units, non-government organizations, government and privately owned hospitals, medical professionals, schools and private individuals.

The DOH launches the fitness event in the light of the growing challenge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) namely cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, chronic respiratory diseases, and cancers.

The challenge lies in the prevention of eliminating shared risk factors like physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and harmful use of alcohol.

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