More “real” exercise needed: work is not exercise


On 8 September, as a means of promoting a healthy BVI the Inter-Departmental Technical Working Group (TWG) headed by At Large Representative, Hon. Archibald Christian, and the BVI Health and Wellness Council launched the Walk/Run for Health Campaign; which is geared at improving health and reducing non-communicable disease.
Hon. Christian, who is Chair of the TWG, explained that physical activity is a protective factor for the prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. In fact, the Legislator pointed out that the 2009 STEP survey stated that 43 percent of females and 24 percent of males between the age group of 25 and 64 did not participate in sufficient physical activity to protect them from chronic diseases.
He noted that the STEP survey indicated that most of the physical activities done were work-related and the amount of physical activity undertaken during leisure time was considerably less than that done during working hours for both males and females. “According to the World Health Organization (WHO), physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for death, globally. In addition, millions of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) are lost yearly due to insufficient physical activity,” Hon. Christian further announced.
The At Large Representative explained that the BVI Run/Walk for Health Programme is a population, community-based initiative which aims at increasing the number of adults ages 25-64 years that would engage in more physical activity.
Chair of Physical Activity Committee for the BVI Health and Wellness Council, Paul Hewlett explained that the objective of run walk for health is to improve health and reduce non communicable diseases. He told the gathering: “Needless to say statistics have shown that the cost to the Territory of the present dialysis machine cases is over two million dollars in health care, and should we continue with our present eating habits combined with lack of exercise, these cases will be doubled within the next five years and the cost to the territory will be astronomical to say the least.”
The Chair of Physical Activity Committee said that everyone in the Territory whether they perceive themself to be fit or not needs to participate in the Walk/Run campaign