Tanzania: VP – Shun Unhealthy Lifestyle

Dodoma — THE Vice-President Dr Philip Mpango has called on Tanzanians to shun physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyle and instead engage in exercises to stay healthy.

Speaking during Bunge Grand Bonanza in Dodoma on Saturday, Dr Mpango said insufficient physical activity which leads to obesity is one of the major risk factors for deaths and spread of non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases.

“It is time we shun physical inactivity, sedentary lifestyle and engage in sports and physical exercises” said Dr Mpango, who had watched Members of Parliament and staff members of the National Assembly compete in various games including marathon, jumping, relay, football, netball, basket-ball, cards and others in the bonanza sponsored by CRDB Bank at St John Marie Secondary school grounds.

According to WHO, insufficient physical activity is the fourth leading risk factor for mortality. Approximately 3.2 million deaths occur per year and 32.1 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs).

It says not getting enough physical activity can lead to heart disease–even for people who have no other risk factors.

Physical inactivity can also increase the likelihood of developing other heart disease risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.

Dr Mpango said promotion of sports was good for the nation as it promotes good health as regular physical activity helps to prevent and treat non-communicable diseases (NCDs).