| James Kon |
A PLATE of nasi lemak, a popular local dish, contains a total of 687 calories, which on average would require a person to power walk at a rate of 4.8km/h for one hour and 51 minutes to burn off, or perform housework for two hours and 47 minutes.
A plate of chicken rice contains around 565 calories, which translates into a power walk, at the same pace, lasting an hour and 43 minutes to burn off or two hours and 35 minutes of housework.
These examples have been included along with other dishes on a list revealing the number of calories and the respective amount of exercise needed to burn them out, at a sign board located at the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Silver Jubilee’s PARK (Program Aktif dan Riadah untuk Kesihatan), following its launch yesterday.
Launched by Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mohd Yusof, he said the project aimed to encourage the public to be more active and to take part in more physical exercises by using the facilities and infrastructure available at the recreational park.
The project is also in line with the Brunei Darussalam National Multi-Sectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (BruMAP-NCD) 2013-2018.
According to findings from a National Health and Nutritional Status Survey 2009-2011, the percentage of adults that carry out physical exercise stands at 45.3 per cent, with the figure for children being 28.3 per cent.
A national physical exercise guideline produced by the Ministry of Health recommends that adults and senior citizens should take part in at least 30 minutes of exercise per day or 150 minutes per week. Exercise including power walking, cycling and even gardening, while children between the ages of five and 17 should perform 60 minutes of aerobics daily.
It is hoped that the PARK project will further boost public awareness on the importance and need to instil a culture of doing physical exercise by turning it into a fun activity that the individual and family can enjoy.
A senior medical officer and co-chairperson of the event, Dr Erina Nisdarinah binti Abdul Rani, said, “Today’s project is a continuation of the first PARK project, which was launched on January 11, at the Serubing Lake Park, in collaboration with the Mukim Kota Batu Consultative Council. The project aims to increase public participation In physical exercise by as much as 10 per cent within a period of four months, at recreational parks made available by the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
Dr Erina Nisdarinah highlighted that one such Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) continuing to plague the nation is a result of being greatly overweight, saying, “Obesity is a major risk factor for Non-Communicable Diseases, that is very concerning to the global community including Brunei. Obesity or being overweight is caused by an imbalanced intake and the need to burn calories becomes a health issue that needs to be addressed by all stakeholders. However, most importantly we must address the issue of awareness of each individual.
The Ministry of Health, she said, “Urges members of the public to carry out exercise frequently for at least 30 minutes for five times a week, according to the physical capability of each individual. Frequent physical exercise can help to reduce high blood pressure as well as body weight problems and help to increase the level of good cholesterol in the blood.”
During the launch, the Minister of Health presented awards and mementos to healthy senior citizens in Mukim Kianggeh. These individuals were Pengiran Haji Othman bin Pengiran Anak Hashim from Kampong Tumasek, Chong Tit Lee @ Cheong Teck Lee from Kampong Pusar Ulak, Haji Muhammad from Kampong Kianggeh, Wee Liang Too from Kampong Berangan, Hajah Siti Nor‘ani binti Haji Abdul Rahman from Jalan Kebangsaan, Hajah Julia binti Abdullah from Kampong Kumbang Pasang and Hajah Jasmine binti Abdullah from Kampong Mabohai.
The minister then presented certificates to representatives of each of the schools attending the PARK project event and appointment letters to members of the committee for healthy lifestyle in Mukim Kota Batu.