Brunei Darussalam recorded a decline in physical activities among adults from 35.5 percent in 2011 to 25.3 percent in 2016. According to the Minister of Health the lack of physical activity among adolescents is still high at 87.3 percent. Youth between the ages of 13 and 17 years have been unable to achieve the targeted guideline for doing moderate physical activities of at least 60 minutes a day. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar stressed the matter in a message in conjunction with the 18th World Physical Activity Day.
According to Yang Berhormat, the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam through the Ministry of Health will continue to boost steps to promote and encourage physical activities in various aspects and at all age levels. This takes into account the actions outlined in the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 which the World Health Organisation, WHO approved in May last year.
Some of the measures have already been identified by the Multi-sectoral Task Force on Health especially under the programme, 'Supporting Active Communities in Brunei'. The Ministry of Health is also studying and updating the National Guideline On Physical Activity, taking into account several other factors such as sitting for long periods everyday and the 'screen time' among children and adolescents.
The Minister of Health also urges the public in general to spend time in doing physical activities moderately for 30 minutes everyday or 150 minutes a week to gain health benefits, fitness and good quality life because an active life can prolong age by improving health and well-being. The World Physical Activity Day is celebrated on the the 6th of April every year and this year the theme is "Active Life, Longer Life".
Source: Radio Television Brunei