A healthy lifestyle requires a lot of movement
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin reminded the public to follow a healthy lifestyle, as it can improve the quality of life of each individual.

"Do not forget to lead a healthy lifestyle. It can improve the quality of our life," the minister stated during the campaign of the Community Healthy Lifestyle Movement in Jakarta, Friday.

Sadikin cited as an example that a healthy lifestyle can be followed through conducting routine physical activity.

"A healthy lifestyle requires a lot of movement. It can be 30 minutes a day, five times a week, in the form of walking or light exercise or doing other daily activities," the minister explained.

Sadikin later remarked that the government was currently campaigning the importance of the healthy lifestyle community movement to increase public understanding and awareness of the importance of healthy living.

"The Ministry of Health used to take care of sick people. I just realized that we should have more programs that keep people healthy because apart from being cheaper, the quality of life could also be better," he stated.

To this end, the Healthy Lifestyle Community Movement campaign will continue to be implemented in all regions in Indonesia, Sadikin stated.

"The Ministry of Health will increase the campaign on a healthy lifestyle community movement to prevent the risk of various health problems being experienced by the people of Indonesia," he explained.

The implementation of the Healthy Lifestyle Community Movement aims to accelerate and improve promotive and preventive efforts to increase population productivity in accordance with Presidential Instruction Number 1 of 2017 on Community Movement (Germas).

Based on data from the Ministry of Health, the seven important steps in implementing this movement comprise conducting physical activity; eating healthy and nutritious foods, especially fruits and vegetables; abstaining from smoking; not consuming drinks containing alcohol; and undergoing regular health checkups and not visiting health facilities only when one is unwell.

The sixth step entails maintaining environmental cleanliness on a household scale, for instance, by managing waste, while the seventh step supports the use of latrines as sanitation aspects are an important part of this movement.

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Translator: Wuryanti Puspitasari, Resinta
Editor: Sri Haryati
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