Last Updated: 2017-02-16
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DOHA, Qatar, Feb 16 (NNN-QNA) - Qatar's Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), has launched its "Start Now" campaign, to encourage public awareness of the importance of regular physical activity and exercise, as part of a healthy lifestyle.

As part of the MoPH’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the people of Qatar, the campaign’s first phase - "Start Now Be Active," calls for a positive change in the daily lives of community members, by integrating at least 30 minutes of physical activity into their daily lives.

Ali Abdallah Al Khater, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Healthcare at the Ministry of Public Health, said, "In line with the health sector’s responsibilities, we are always keen to encourage the well-being of individuals and maintain a healthy and productive society. Our new awareness campaign seeks to engage the community about the benefits of physical activity, starting with reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, going through weight maintenance, all the way to making sport an integral part of the daily life of the individual."

The first phase of the "Start Now" campaign focuses on simple, everyday changes you can make, to start living a healthier lifestyle, highlighting that it’s easy to include at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. By adopting a healthier lifestyle, including regular exercise, the impact of chronic and lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity can be reduced.

The "Start Now" campaign by the MoPH is aimed at building a healthy future for the population of Qatar, in line with the National Health Strategy and towards the realisation of the human development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.-- NNN-QNA