Official Opening Of Outdoor Fitness Equipment

November 14, 2018 | 4 Comments

Earlier today [Nov 14], the Minister of Health Kim Wilson officially opened the Mullet Bay Park outdoor fitness equipment in St George’s

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A Government spokesperson said, “In July 2017, the Department of Health launched the Bermuda 50 Million Steps Challenge. It was an opportunity for residents to improve their health while having fun at the same time.

“Participants were encouraged to join their parish team and collectively walk 50 million steps. In addition, friendly competition between the nine parish teams was encouraged in order to see which team would be ranked with the highest step average.

“With over 200 participants, the Bermuda parish teams were able to surpass the 50 million steps goal and walked 100,146,130 steps. The winner of the team Challenge was Team St. George’s Steppers and the prize awarded was outdoor fitness equipment.

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“Today, the Minister officially recognized the completion of the installation of the outdoor fitness equipment and handed it over to the residents of the St. Georges community.

“She was joined by Members of Parliament, Kim Swan, Renee Ming and Tinee Furbert. Also in attendance were representatives from the Department of Health, the Department of Works and Engineering, the Department of Parks, the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation, and Aging and Disability.”

Minister Wilson said, “Bermuda is at a health crossroads. According to the STEPS Health Survey of Adults in Bermuda 2014, 75 percent of adults were overweight or obese [40.2% and 34.4%, respectively].

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“Only 18% of adults consume five or more serving of fruit and/or vegetables per day. Thirty-three percent reported having high blood pressure and 12% reported having diabetes.

“It is obvious that a concerted effort must be made to decrease these modifiable risk factors – such as overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet, high blood sugar and high blood pressure.

“And we must take an “all-of-society” approach to tackle the obesity epidemic . . . from the private and public sectors; supermarkets and restaurants, educators and policy makers.

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“In July 2017, the Department of Health launched the Bermuda 50 Million Steps Challenge. It was an opportunity for residents to improve their health while having fun at the same time.

“Participants were encouraged to join their parish team and collectively walk 50 million steps. In addition, friendly competition between the nine parish teams was encouraged in order to see which team would be ranked with the highest step average.

“Initiatives like this promote the importance of active living. Physical activity and healthy eating have long been proven to reduce the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Consistent physical activity like walking helps also improve quality of life, mental health and healthy aging.

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“With over 200 participants, the Bermuda parish teams were able to surpass the 50 million steps goal and walked 100,146,130 steps. The winner of the team Challenge was Team St. George’s Steppers and the prize awarded was outdoor fitness equipment.

“Today, we are here to officially recognize the completion of the installation of the outdoor fitness equipment and hand it over to the residents of the St. Georges community.

“Well done Team St. George’s Steppers. This equipment will help this community to improve its health while having fun at the same time.

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“I would also like to extend a very special thank you to the agencies that made this fitness equipment possible here at Mullet Bay Park:

  • Department of Works and Engineering
  • Department of Parks
  • Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation
  • Aging and Disability, and
  • Department of Health

“This has been a cross-Government initiative involving the Ministries for Public Works, Community Affairs and Sports, as well as the Ministry of Health. This is an excellent addition and reflects the Government’s commitment to promoting greater accessibility to healthy lifestyle opportunities.”

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  1. sage says:

    MP Wilson in beast mode on that pull-up bar.

    • PBanks says:

      Yeah, I was going to say she didn’t have appropriate dress for a workout session but yeah, props due.

      Facility looks solid. Some equipment that the disabled can utilize as well, brilliant.

  2. johnBoy says:

    Yes I. No need for gym membership now!

  3. 2 Bermudas says:

    OBA delivers hotels and cruise boats in St George and the Pee El Pee deliver gym equipment. Wow, what a difference!! LMFAO!!

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