KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy called on all Malaysians to practise a healthy lifestyle by making sports to become their culture which it will be with in the coming National Sports Day celebration on Oct 10, 2015. He said by practising a healthy lifestyle, they could help the government to reduce expenditures in providing public health service.
“If Malaysians continue to lead an unhealthy lifestyle, the country will soon face a health crisis and the government will have to bear the rising cost for health care. We will have to spend more and make bigger allocation for treatment of diseases that can be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle,” said Khairy.
“A study conducted by the ministry last year found the level of activeness of Malaysians in fitness activities at only 40 per cent, which was lower than in developed countries, which was between 60 and 70 per cent,” he told reporters after opening the 14th Walk-a-Mile Run which was held in conjunction with the World Heart Day at Taman Tasik Perdana here on Sunday.
He said the study was based on the frequency of Malaysians engaging in recreational and fitness activities per week. Meanwhile, he also added that in the study also found that many Malaysians do not exercise. Therefore, he said the prevention is better than cure should be practised by getting more information on our health and adopting a healthy lifestyle. The event, jointly organised by Malaysia Heart Foundation and Nestle Malaysia, drew about 3,000 participants.