Tanzanians urged to embrace fitness exercises 

29Sep 2022
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Tanzanians urged to embrace fitness exercises 

DAR ES SALAAM's Kinondoni District Mayor, Songoro Mnyonge, has encouraged people in Tanzania to embrace exercising and sports saying a fit person can live life to the fullest. 

Some fitness enthusiasts who attended the one-year celebration of Kisiwani Clinic Center (KCC) participate in exercises at Mwananyamala, Dar es Salaam over the weekend. PHOTO: COURTESY OF KISIWANI CLINIC CENTER

Mnyonge said he is fully aware of the great impact that either exercising or participation in sports, in general, has on the country.

The Kinondoni District Mayor issued his comments during a one-year celebration of a city fitness club known as Kisiwani Clinic Center (KCC) at Mwinjuma grounds, Mwananyamala.

Mnyonge revealed: "Exercises and sporting activities are good for all people, they are essential in the prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), the country is losing its workforce and productive citizens due to NCDs."

"Time has come for society to embrace exercising and sports activities," he said.

Mnyonge also hailed KCC leadership for being at the forefront of encouraging people to embrace exercising and participation in sports.

He asked the Kinondoni District authority to set aside a budget for exercise and sports activities in the district. 

Samuel Laizer, Kinondoni District's Health Officer also congratulated KCC for clocking one year. 

He said KCC has been a good partner of his office and promised to continue working closely with the center. 

Laizer disclosed: "The Mayor has raised a pertinent issue and I will take it to my superiors and hopefully something will be done."

"For now let me assure all you here that my office will continue working closely with KCC, our common goal is to see people live a good life," he said.

Michael Machellah, one of the celebration's organizers said more than 43 jogging clubs attended the event and thanked them and other partners for the support. 

More than 2500 people attended the celebration which was followed by a free heart screening conducted by experts from Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute.

Cancer screening was done by officials from Ocean Road Hospital, doctors from KAM conducted dental exercises while Kinondoni Hospital, through Magomeni Hospital, provided sight, diabetes, blood pressure, and body weight screening. There was also a blood donation exercise. 

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