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200 Higher Education Ministry Staff Join ‘Fit & Cool’ Programme

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PUTRAJAYA – Two hundred employees at the Higher Education Ministry who were screened to be highly at risk for diabetes and high blood pressure are participating in the ‘Fit & Cool’ programme from today.

Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the objective of the programme was to increase the health level of the ministry’s workforce.

Speaking to reporters after launching the programme here today, he cited stairs climbing or ‘tanggathon’, lake walk, trampoline jumping and diet control as activities which the 200 employees had to take part in.

“The initial health screening conducted on 1,000 employees at the ministry last May found that 70 per cent had a high body mass index or blood pressure reading.

“Fit & Cool is a three-month intervention session for the 200 who are highly at risk for diabetes and high blood pressure,” he said.

He said measurement of the body mass index, energy level and reduced body fat would show whether the participants had succeeded in achieving the objective of the programme.

Idris said the programme beginning today until November would be expanded to include the workforce at colleges and universities.

Aside from physical activities, the programme also comprises seminars, health forums and nutrition negotiations.

Fit & Cool is a collaboration between the ministry and Malaysian Health Promotion Board. – BERNAMA

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