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800 join 10,000 steps Walk for Health
Published on: Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: More than 800 people participated in the 10,000 steps Walk for Health event, organised by the Health Department, at Kg Kopungit.

Among participants were young children and a special group of 43 senior citizens from the Kinarut Health Clinic.

Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) officer Dr Nirmal Kaur, who was also present, hoped everybody would exercise regularly to maintain good health.

She said Non Communicable Diseases like heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's and others are very common among people who lack physical activity or do not exercise at all.

"This is also caused due to unhealthy lifestyle such as too many late nights, drinking and smoking, lack of rest and lack of nutrition."

"To stay away from all types of NCD illnesses, one must do regular exercise and maintain it all the way. A lot of people are lazy or refuse to do regular exercise and unknowingly have already set up a trap for themselves to fall into the NCD illness category."

In relation to this, Luyang Assemblyan Hiew King Cheu called upon the Health Department to organise more similar events in his constituency.

"I will give them 100 per cent assistance."

With this, he suggested for a future Walk for Health event be held at the Shantung Settlement area in Luyang.

Hiew thanked representatives from the Sabah Health Department and representatives from Kg Kopungit for their assistance in making the "10,000 steps - Walk for Health" event a success.

Also present were Sabah Health Department Director Dr Christina Rundi, Queen Elizabeth Hospital 1 Director Dr Heric Corray and NCD (Non Communicable Diseases) Assistant MA Richard Onong.

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