Supreme Council for Youth and Sport first deputy chairman and president of the General Sports Authority and Bahrain Olympic Committee Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa has instructed the Sports for All Association to increase awareness of the dangers posed by contemporary diseases as well as the need to practise sports.
“We have instructed the Sports for All Association to launch meaningful programmes to make the society aware of the risks of chronic diseases as well as to encourage our citizens and residents to practise sports and adopt it as a healthy lifestyle,” Shaikh Khalid said.
“Having a chronic disease is attributed to many factors, but mainly due to nutrition and lack of movement. Statistics show that there is a 33.6 per cent increase in high blood pressure cases, while the number of people who have diabetes has increased by 15pc. The newly-released figures also confirm that the percentage of people who have chronic diseases and needed medical care reached 80pc and these are serious indications and we need to address them because this curbs the participation of people in building our society,” Shaikh Khalid said.
“We are keen to spread awareness and promote our society’s knowledge on the dangers of having such diseases. The solution is to encourage members of society to adopt a healthy diet and play sports regularly. If we achieve both goals, then we will have healthy members,” Shaikh Khalid added, wishing everyone a disease-free life and those affected healthy recovery.