President Yoweri Museveni yesterday Sunday 08th July participated in activities to launch the National Physical Activity day at Kololo airstrip, Kampala.
The significance of the day is to inform the population about the importance of physical activity, its relevance in preventing Non-Communicable Diseases and keeping healthy.
As part of the activities, the President took part in a 10-kilometre walk though Kampala, aimed at highlighting and stemming the increasing risk of Non-Communicable Diseases.
Speaking at the event, Museveni said its Ugandans are longer dying of communicable diseases but dying of diseases like hypertension which used to be diseases of the rich.
Museveni says this is an indication that people’s livelihood has improved though efforts should be not to reduce cases of such diseases.
On a special note, Museveni emphasized the need for intensive exercising to enable proper digestion and burning of the food eaten especially during super.
“A total of 40% of deaths today are due to NCDs, broken down as follows: 13% accidents, 9% heart diseases, 5% cancer, 3% diabetes and 10% others like sickle cells. Regarding sickle cells, I advise that you do tests before marriage to avoid having lifetime challenges. The good thing is that non-communicable diseases are easy to prevent. One simply has to change lifestyles, exercise and eat well. The increase in cases of cancer, diabetes, heart diseases especially in urban areas is because people eat too much and do not exercise.” He said.