SCORES of school-going children, college students and civil servants in Mutare joined Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Misheck Mugadza, in a 2km walk on recently as part of a provincial wellness and fitness programme.
Held under the theme “Curbing of Non-communicable Diseases Through Sport: #MyStrideMyHealth”, the initiative is a brainchild of Government through the Ministry of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
It is aimed at promoting wellness and fitness at workplaces.
In his address during the occasion, Mugadza urged citizens to have a culture of wellness and fitness through healthy lifestyles.
“Whether you are young or old, fit or just starting your fitness journey, walking has countless benefits that can enhance your life in remarkable ways.
“It does not require any fancy equipment or expensive gym memberships. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and willingness to take that first step.
“Walking is a fantastic way to improve your cardiovascular system. When you walk, your heart rate increases, pumping more oxygen-rich blood to your muscles and organs. Research also suggests that individuals who engage in regular walking tend to have reduced risk of premature death from various causes including cardiovascular diseases,” he said.
Speaking during the same occasion, Acting District Development Coordinator for Mutare, Joy Nyamunokora, thanked Government for mooting the “Walk for Life” fitness and wellness programme.
“We are delighted that Government in the sense that the Government has made a deliberate decision to create the fitness and wellness programme in order to promote physical fitness while reducing non-communicable diseases, health bills, emotional and other social challenges.
“Participation in sport and recreation is very significant as it enhances emotional, mental and physical health. We greatly appreciate the “Walk for Life Programme”. We hope this will inspire officials from Manicaland thereby building a healthy workforce,” she said.