[Updated with video] Minister of Health Zane DeSilva today recognized the organization, schools and gym that clocked the most miles on Let’s Move Day which was held on September 23rd 2012. The goal of Let’s Move Day was to get as many people as possible involved in physical activity, and during the day the participants logged 6,264 miles.
The winners were:
- Most miles generated by a School – Francis Patton [1st], Northlands Primary [2nd], BHS [3rd]
- Most miles generated by a Gym – 24 Hour Fitness
- Most miles generated by an organization – New Creation Worship Center
L-R: Minister DeSilva, Health Ministries Department Director Dr. Leonard Gibbons of the Bermuda Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Administrator of the New Creation Worship Centre Latanya Simmons, President of Bermuda Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Dr. Jeffrey Brown, BHS Head of School Linda Parker, RUBiS Sales Manger Jermaine Simons, Manger/owner of 24-Hour Fitness Michael Jeffrey, Health Promotions Coordinator Dr. Virloy Lewin.
Minister DeSilva said: “I am pleased to be here today to recognize the efforts of those individuals and organizations who took part in last month’s Let’s Move Day event.
“As many of you will recall, the goal of Let’s Move Day was to get as many people as possible involved in physical activity on Sunday, September 23rd of this year.
“The community was invited to move together and promote a healthier lifestyle – whether that was on their own; with the walking club; or through participating in one of the two planned walks on that day. A special obstacle course was also organized for children at the Arboretum which, I hear, was a big hit!
“Persons who took part in physical activity on their own were encouraged to log miles on the Department of Health website. Participants reported walking, running, swimming, cycling and basketball as ways they got moving that day.
“The goal was to generate 10,000 miles island wide…and Bermuda can be proud that we ended up logging 6,264 miles – not quite the 10,000 miles we had aimed for but pretty impressive for the first year! And I am proud to say that I contributed four of those miles!
“Physical activity is one of the essential keys to health, healing and wholeness and, as such, events such as Let’s Move Day are so important for us as a community.
“The 2011 Adult Health Survey found that 67% of adults were overweight or obese. Furthermore, the 2006 Healthy Survey found that 36% of five to ten year olds were overweight or obese.
“In fact being overweight or obese was identified as Bermuda’s number one health problem. Physical activity and healthy eating are essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle overall.
“Goal #1 of Well Bermuda, our National Health promotion strategy, encourages the maintenance of a healthy body weight as a primary health promotion goal.
“To facilitate action on this goal, several initiatives have been implemented through the Department of Health. They include: Celebrating Wellness, Know Your Numbers, Move More Bermuda, The Bermuda Dietary Guidelines, and now our collaboration with the Seventh-day Adventist churches on Let’s Move Day.
“The Department of Health was glad to be a part of the collaborative team that organized “Let’s Move Day” and look forward to future collaborations. Thank you to the Bermuda conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Lindo’s and RUBiS for sponsoring this event. And of course thank you to all of the volunteers who gave their time to assist with this worthy event.
“To get the work done we need to join together with our community partners and faith-based organizations,” concluded the Minister.
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