Saudi Health Ministry launches campaign to encourage walking

The government has set up walking areas in the main cities to encourage the public to exercise regularly.
Updated 01 October 2017
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Saudi Health Ministry launches campaign to encourage walking

RIYADH: The Health Ministry has launched a nationwide program via its e-portal to encourage people to walk 30 minutes per day for five days per week to maintain good health.
Obesity among children and adults due to lack of exercise is common in the Kingdom.
The government has set up walking areas in the main cities to encourage the public to exercise regularly.
There are popular walking areas near King Fahd Medical City, Nasseriya Park, Al-Salaam Park, King Abdullah Road on exit 10, Rabwah Al-Nahda Park and Rabwah Park.
Some hospitals have set up mobile units to check the blood pressure and glucose levels of people who patronize the walking areas.
According to Medinet, an online portal, walking is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to stay fit.
It is also a versatile form of exercise that can be done indoors (many malls and public buildings offer walking routes) or outdoors.
In one study, mortality rates among retired men who walked less than 1 mile per day were nearly twice that of those who walked more than 2 miles per day.
Another study found that women who walked at an easy pace for at least 1.5 hours per week had significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline than those who walked less than 40 minutes per week.
Research shows that postmenopausal women who walk approximately 1 mile per day have greater bone density than those who walk shorter distances. Walking is also effective in slowing the rate of bone loss in the legs.
One study showed that walking for 30 minutes, three to five times per week for 12 weeks reduced symptoms of depression, as measured with a standard depression questionnaire, by 47 percent.
According to another study, women who walked briskly between an hour and 15 minutes and 2.5 hours per week had an 18 percent decreased risk of breast cancer compared with inactive women.


Jamarat facilities ready to receive pilgrims for Hajj in Saudi Arabia

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Jamarat facilities ready to receive pilgrims for Hajj in Saudi Arabia

  • Fixed and mobile stairways are located throughout the Jamarat area to facilitate pilgrims’ arrival
  • Saudi Arabia considers it a privilege to expand and improve its services to pilgrims every year

JEDDAH:  Jamarat facilities in Mina are fully prepared to receive Hajj pilgrims during the throwing of stones.

The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has deployed sunshades, cooling systems, escalators, closed-circuit TV, guidance and awareness-raising signboards and facilities, and information services.

The ministry’s projects include the installation of fixed and mobile cameras along the paths leading to the holy sites to monitor and manage pedestrian movement.

Fixed and mobile stairways are located throughout the Jamarat area to facilitate pilgrims’ arrival.

 

Amenities

Many organizations and entities have provided amenities to help pilgrims on Arafat. Umbrellas have been distributed to provide shade and avoid heat stroke, cold water has been provided to quench pilgrims’ thirst, and food and beverages have been handed out. 

Holy Qur’ans have also been distributed to help pilgrims perform an Islamic ritual that abolishes worshippers’ sins.

Saudi Arabia considers it a privilege to expand and improve its services to pilgrims every year.

 

Live broadcast

The Media Ministry has launched a live broadcast of Hajj rituals on social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, as well as on YouTube.

The ministry has provided 19 channels transmitting in Arabic, English, Urdu, Malay, French and German.

 

Free internet

Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) has announced it will provide 1GB free for every pilgrim who uses its prepaid services as a gift to pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season. The gift is aimed at facilitating their experience during Hajj on the day of Tarwiya and Arafat.

STC chairman, Nasser bin Sulaiman Al-Nasser, explained that the company’s gift came as a result of instructions from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to all governmental and private bodies related to the service of pilgrims.

 

Educate pilgrims

Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, said the ministry has launched an awareness campaign in six languages — Arabic, English, French, Russian, Chinese and Persian — to educate pilgrims on Hajj regulations, provide them with health advice, and help them follow schedules in order to avoid overcrowding.

The ministry has launched the Manasikana smartphone app to provide pilgrims with services in eight languages, Mashat added.

The app informs pilgrims of grouping and transport plans, helps them find camps, lodgings and companions, and enables them to send reports and complaints to concerned authorities at the ministry.