CAPTION: Minister for health Dr Neil Sharma, left, was also part of the walk in Suva this morning.
Westpac’s usual morning walk took place this morning with registration commencing at 6.30am at Albert Park with close to over 1000 people participating in Suva despite the heavy rains. The Fiji Police Band set the pace and lifted everyone’s spirits as they began the morning with the entertainment. At the other ten locations around the country numbers ranged from 100 to 250 in Nadi and Nausori.
Those turning up at Albert Park in Suva included the President of Fiji Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and the Minister for Health, Dr Neil Sharma.
With Westpac’s vision of promoting healthy workplace, Ministry of Health’s vision of developing a healthy nation and the Physio- therapy mission of providing effective and efficient health care and improving health and well being, this partnership proved to be a success this morning.
The Physiotherapists supported the event by participating in the walk and providing free expert health advice together with Ministry of Heath Wellness Unit conducting medical checks all around the country.
“With this partnership we will be leading the way forward to a healthy nation”, said Adrian Hughes, General Manager Westpac Fiji. Keeping well and healthy is the surest way to preventing NCDs. “The huge response, this morning is a clear reflection of increasing number people taking care of their health” and are doing something about their health he added. We are part of the problem and we can also provide the solutions and such initiatives are to help you make lifestyle decisions today that future will thank you for he added “
The Westpac morning walk started at 6am when an open air zumba for warm up, a quick 30 – 45 minute walk, warm down followed by light refreshments.
Around the country Westpac morning walks were also held at Lautoka, Ba, Labasa, Savusavu, Levuka , Nadi, Sigatoka, Tavua and those participated are now wanting to see even more of these.
All around the country over 2000 people participated in the Westpac morning Walk and thanks to the huge support of the Yellow ribbon team, Corrections, and police teams at all locations.
The next walk will be held on the 26th of October .