Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC) the region’s first dedicated center protecting the physical, mental and social wellbeing of Abu Dhabi’s population by raising public and preventative healthcare awareness has collaborated with Ministry of Health and Prevention Society, Department of Community Development, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the fitness app STEPPI to launch an interactive challenge that aims to encourage individuals to collectively walk one billion steps by the time the 9th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress finishes in Abu Dhabi.
Aligned with ISPAH’s theme of ‘Making Every Move Count’, the ‘One Billion Steps Challenge’ will run for six weeks from 23rd September till 26th October and bring together thousands of people across the wider local communities to help achieve the target, encouraging people to be more active.
As well as UAE residents and citizens, it will also aim to attract the participation of more than 1,000 visitors from around the world who will attend the 9th edition of the Congress, which will run between 23rd to 26th October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The challenge is part of ADPHC’s on-going efforts to promote physical activity, and is fully aligned with the Government’s drive to foster a healthier lifestyle.
People can download the free STEPPI app and track their progress, and a dedicated website with a live counter will display the accumulated steps taken. It will also include recommendations on different activities individuals can do to take as many steps as possible, to get the chance to enter a draw to win Etihad Airways tickets.
H.E Matar Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, said: “The ‘One Billion Steps Challenge’ is the latest initiative by Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre and one that reflects our vision towards a healthy and safe society for all.” He added: “As Abu Dhabi prepares to host the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress in October, this is an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to not only step up and get involved and take as many steps as possible through frequent exercise but also showcase to the world how active our communities are across the nation. Whether it’s walking or running, every step will make a huge difference and requires a collective effort from individuals and organizations in the UAE, as well as hundreds of delegates and experts that will be attending the Congress to achieve our ambitious target of one billion steps. Physical activity is crucial to our health and well-being and the ‘One Billion Steps Challenge’ has been carefully planned to ensure that it’s friendly and enjoyable with interactive features to check your progress.” He concluded: “I encourage everyone from all organizations to get involved and play their part in making this Challenge a success.”
Prof. Jasper Schipperijn, President of the of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health said : “We are delighted with the extensive support for the 9th ISPAH congress from our host, the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre. ADPHC’s “One Billion Steps Challenge” aligns with ISPAH’s vision of a healthy active world where the opportunities for physical activity and active living are available to all. This is a very exciting initiative and involves all of the community in the lead up to this important congress and raises awareness of the importance of physical activity amongst the community. I highly recommend everyone to take part in this challenge and I am sure it will be a huge success, All the very best to all participants.”
The ISPAH Congress is the largest physical activity and health congress in the world and widely recognized as the leading global society of researchers, experts and practitioners focused on promoting physical activity across the life course. With a shared vision of promoting an active, healthy society with opportunities for physical activity and an active life for all, the 9th edition of the ISPAH Congress will bring together academics, practitioners, thought leaders and policy makers to discuss collaborative ways to promote the adoption of physical activity.
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