The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), has launched its ‘Start Now’ campaign to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Launched to coincide with National Sport Day, the ‘Be Active’ campaign encourages physical activity among young people and to inspire them to be active to help build strong and healthy future generations.

As part of the MoPH’s mission to improve the health and wellbeing of its residents, the campaign’s first phase ‘Start now, be active’, encourages the community to engage in taking part in regular physical activity each day (at least 30 minutes) into their daily programme such as parking your car few blocks away from your destination and using the stairs instead of elevators.

You can also incorporate healthy activities while spending time with family and friends by playing with your children, choosing active family activities and encouraging walking, playing sport or going to the gym with friends.

Ali Abdallah Al Khater, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Healthcare at the Ministry of Public Health, said:

In line with the health sector’s responsibilities, we are always keen to improve the health and wellbeing of the wider community. Our new awareness campaign seeks to engage the community about the benefits of physical activity, starting with reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, going through weight maintenance, all the way to making sport an integral part of the daily life of the individual.’

The ‘Start Now’ campaign by the MoPH aims to enable a healthier future, in line with the National Health Strategy and towards the realisation of the human development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.