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.


Saudi Ministry of Labor, Economic Cities Authority discuss employment opportunities

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi Ministry of Labor, Economic Cities Authority discuss employment opportunities

JEDDAH: A delegation from the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development visited King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) to discuss cooperation between the Ministry and the Economic Cities Authority (ECA) in a bid to support employment opportunities in economic cities.
The delegation, headed by Assistant Director General of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development in the Makkah region Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Ghamdi, toured King Abdullah Port and the Industrial Valley.
The Vice Secretary General of the Economic Cities' Authority (ECA) Imad Hashem praised the visit, which focussed on the importance of coordination and cooperation between the various sectors of the state so that government support for economic cities could continue.
He added that the ECA’s cooperation with the ministry will enable investors in economic cities to improve working environments across different sectors and create employment opportunities for Saudi Arabian youth.
After the tour, the two sides discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between them in order to build an effective partnership and improve health and safety awareness amongst companies at the city.
They also discussed ways to make the ministry’s drive to nationalise jobs a success.