Staff take healthy step forward

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The National, Tuesday 06th December 2011

HEALTH Department staff received 400 pedometers from the World Health Organisation yesterday.
WHO country director Dr William Adu-Krow said the pedometers would be used by staff to ensure they took at least 10,000 steps a day.
Adu-Krow said the idea was to keep the staff healthy so that they stopped using elevators and cars to move between places which they could reach by walking.
He said walking 10,000 steps was equivalent to five miles and equivalent to burning 500 to 600 grams of fat.
The pedometers cost less than K20 and could be purchased at pharmacies.
Health Minister Jamie Maxtone-Graham who received the pedometers said the department was serious in fighting non-communicable diseases.
He said the department was encouraging the public to go for check-ups at wellness clinics.
He said this would help them to know their status and to take measures to avoid non-communicable diseases at an early stage.