Eyeing healthier society, Fitness Zone, MoH sign on dotted line

30 Aug
Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Mohd Yusof looks on at the exchange of documents between Dr Zainal Ariffin bin Hj Yahya, the General-Director, Ministry of Health, and Fitness Zone Managing Director, Wu Chun

Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Mohd Yusof looks on at the exchange of documents between Dr Zainal Ariffin bin Hj Yahya, the General-Director, Ministry of Health, and Fitness Zone Managing Director, Wu Chun

 

|     James Kon     |

PREVENTION is better than cure, and adopting a healthy lifestyle can reduce the rate of chronic diseases in the country. With a healthy population, the country will also be more productive

The benefits and importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle were highlighted by the Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Mohd Yusof yesterday following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Fitness Zone as they join forces to raise awareness on the need to maintain a healthy weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle through physical exercise.

During a press conference following the signing, the minister revealed the success of the Healthy Lifestyle Clinic programme (between the Healthy Lifestyle Programme of the Health Promotion Centre (HPC), Ministry of Health, and Fitness Zone) over the past four years.

Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Adanan with Wu Chun

Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Adanan with Wu Chun

 

The Healthy lifestyle Clinic programme, a weight loss programme, has achieved 90 per cent success rate among individuals who have lost weight and continue to live a healthy lifestyle. A total of 165 participants signed up for the programme last year.

“The 10 per cent failure rate is because some participants didn’t turn up according to schedule, but I am sure that if the participants actively follow the systematic schedule, the success rate would be 100 per cent,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fitness Zone Managing Director, Wu Chun explained, “We have been involved in the programme for four consecutive years. The participants have shown motivation as well as excitement with the programme, and one participant has lost 17 kilogrammes in three months.”

The schedule, the minister explained, “is organised by Fitness Zone in collaboration with HPC to achieve the objective of the Healthy Lifestyle Clinic programme. This systematic and comprehensive programme is in accordance to world standards. We hope the participants will continue to adapt to a healthy lifestyle and enjoy a healthy life.”

While the number of participants has steadily increased, Wu Chun hopes the number will continue to climb through the inspirational success stories of the pervious participants.

Through the inked MoU, Fitness Zone will provide corporate rate packages for Ministry of Health personnel to utilise the facilities at the gym, while Fitness Zone will carry out warm-up sessions for participants of the Healthy Lifestyle Clinic programme.

A suitable rate will also be prepared for participants following the Fitness Zone fitness programme.

Fitness Zone has been working with the Ministry of Health for the past three years, and a similar MoU was signed on April 16, 2011, offering a one rate corporate package to participants taking part in the Healthy Lifestyle Clinic programme.

The new MoU covers a larger scope of cooperation and offers three types of packages.

Speaking of the partnership between Fitness Zone and Ministry of Health, the minister explained, “This is an example of a successful private-public partnership.

“I am very happy that Fitness Zone has been very supportive of the Ministry of Health’s mission. This is a very good example of Social Corporate Responsibility for Brunei Darussalam to change the life of the people.”

Wu Chun pointed out that, “We are currently targeting children to start developing the habit of regular exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. We hope to visit schools to promote regular exercise.”

Following the signing, the minister joined others in the CxWorx by Les Mills international, a fun new exercise brought in from New Zealand.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

 

 

 

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