King Salman praises Arab summit leaders for ‘blessed efforts’

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. SPA
Updated 18 April 2018

King Salman praises Arab summit leaders for ‘blessed efforts’

  • It praised the Arab national security document issued at the end of the summit
  • The cabinet praised the efficiency of Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces in destroying the missiles

JEDDAH: King Salman has thanked Arab leaders for taking part in the 29th Arab Summit for their “blessed efforts.”
At the start of the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, the king detailed the results of his meetings with Arab leaders on the sidelines of the summit, as well as his meetings with President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger and Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the closing ceremony of the Gulf Shield-1 military exercise.
The Cabinet congratulated the king and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the summit’s success, and welcomed the “Dhahran declaration” and Arab leaders’ assertions on the importance of joint Arab action to protect the nation, maintain security and stability, and ensure a promising future for coming generations.
It praised the Arab national security document issued at the end of the summit and its commitment to enhance solidarity among Arab countries, and achieve security and stability for their peoples.
The Cabinet said the king’s patronage at the closing ceremony of the Gulf Shield-1 exercise reflects the importance of military cooperation and coordination with friendly countries, and raises the level of readiness to protect the security and stability of regional countries.
Official visits by the crown prince to the US, France and Spain were highlighted. Talks with leaders and senior officials on bilateral relations and strategic partnerships, and further development of bilateral cooperation in various fields, added to security and stability in the Middle East region.
The Cabinet stressed that the appreciation offered to the Kingdom under the leadership of the king during these visits and the signing of agreements and memoranda of understanding, as well as a strong support for the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its ongoing reforms that open new horizons and opportunities to develop the energies of the Saudi people.
The Cabinet also said that the Houthi militia’s targeting of the Kingdom’s cities with ballistic missiles proves the Iranian regime’s involvement in supporting terrorist militias — a clear challenge to UN resolutions. It praised the efficiency of Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces in destroying the missiles.
It reiterated the Kingdom’s calls to end the suffering of the Syrian people and maintain the sovereignty of Syria, holding the Syrian regime responsible for the repercussions of military operations carried out by the US, UK and France in response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians.


First Lifestyle Enhancement Conference in Saudi Arabia puts spotlight on healthy living

Updated 13 min 27 sec ago

First Lifestyle Enhancement Conference in Saudi Arabia puts spotlight on healthy living

  • The LEC brought together globally renowned experts on health care, wellness, medicine and alternative therapies to discuss some of the most pressing issues of today
  • The conference highlighted the importance of healthy choices, nutrition, and physical activity

RIYADH: The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and in association with the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Weqaya), has held the first Lifestyle Enhancement Conference (LEC) in Riyadh.

The LEC, focusing on the emerging science of lifestyle medicine and preventative nutrition, took place on Dec. 7-8, 2019, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh.
The LEC brought together globally renowned experts on health care, wellness, medicine and alternative therapies to discuss some of the most pressing issues of today. The conference highlighted the importance of healthy choices, nutrition, and physical activity to help prevent obesity and diseases such as diabetes.
“The Saudi Sports for All Federation champions physical activity and fitness as a major tenet of increasing health and welfare. As part of our mission to enhance the quality of life in the Kingdom, we are also advocating for conscientious nutrition,” said Ms. Shaima Saleh Alhusseini, managing director at the SFA. “The Lifestyle Enhancement Conference, staged in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Weqaya, is the first event to bring together top caliber medical professionals to facilitate the increase of health education levels in Saudi Arabia.”
Speaking at the conference, HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, president of the Saudi Sports for All Federation, said: “Diseases such as diabetes and obesity are increasing at an alarming rate in the region and becoming a major cause of worry. We are seeing that the lack of sports participation and physical activity, combined with substandard health education, are all contributing factors to poor health. Adopting a healthy and balanced lifestyle are among the top factors needed to prevent these diseases. As an organization focused on a healthy public, we seek to engage and communicate on measures that contribute to prevention.
“The SFA endeavors to counter the health threats that our society faces. We aim to contribute to proactive, healthy behaviors by hosting experts from various branches of health, fitness, wellness and medicine together to discuss and share insights on prevention and alternative remedies to these diseases.”
Saudi Vision 2030 has outlined its goals for a more physically fit population by increasing student participation in sport by 25 percent and increase the number of fitness coaches in the country. The LEC aims to proactively address this target by also adding health education metrics to its national campaigns.
The event’s presentations and panel discussions presented the importance of exercise and nutrition for mental and physical wellbeing, highlighting prevention and treatment measures for different types of diseases.
Attended by medical and health care professionals, nutritionists, wellness experts, sports and fitness coaches, physical therapists, and students of the related fields, the LEC’s inaugural edition was a resounding success.
The SFA intends to build on the LEC’s positive reception in Saudi Arabia by continuing its close cooperation with the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health and Weqaya to establish an annual event open to the public.
SFA, a proactive community sport and wellness organization founded to promote a healthy lifestyle in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, aims to provide access to opportunities for all members of society to practice physical activity.
Partnering with government organizations, sports delivery bodies, sports federations, and the wider public and private sector to achieve its goals, the SFA focuses on increasing physical activity and health and wellness metrics across the country. The increase of physical activity is achieved by advancing four strategic priorities: education, community and volunteering, fitness and wellbeing, and campaigns and promotion.
It does this by designing recreational sports programs tailored for women, men, youth, the elderly and persons with disabilities across Saudi Arabia.