Gov’t to launch national fitness day to fight diseases 

EMMANUEL AINEBYOONA.

Cabinet has endorsed the creation of a national physical activity Day to address the raising burden of non-communicable (NCD) disease like diabetes, cancer and hypertension.

According to statement issued by the executive director of Uganda Media Centre Ofwono Opondo, the resolution to launch the national fitness day on July 8, at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds was reached during a cabinet meeting chaired by President Museveni on Monday at State House, Entebbe.

The day, according to statement will be celebrated under the theme “my health is my responsibility”

Opondo said the National Physical Day is aimed at encouraging the population to adopt physical activity as a routine in their lifestyles in order to prevent Non- Communicable Diseases.

It will also be used to equip members of the public with more information about the importance of physical activities in Non-Communicable Diseases prevention and control.

This decision by government to earmark a national fitness day comes after a study by the Ministry of Health indicated that one in every four Ugandan adults has an altered heart function inform of raised blood pressure.