Y-PEER Oman promotes physical activity in Salalah

August 15, 2017

As part of its support to the Ministry of Health’s country-wide campaign, Y-PEER Oman promoted physical activity in Salalah.

A group of ten members of Y-PEER Oman travelled to Salalah for ten days to actively encourage members of society to perform physical activities such as walking, jogging, house chores, swimming and other medium-intensity exercises, stated a press release.

The Y-PEER youth peer education network has been pioneered by UNFPA in 2002 and is working in the field of sexual and reproductive health in 52 countries throughout the world including Oman.

This year, the group is supporting the Ministry of Health, in its health campaign ‘Health Begins with a Footstep’, to promote physical activity across Oman.

Members of Y-PEER are young people, active peer educators, trainers of trainers and youth advocates of young people’s sexual and reproductive health.

Since 2008, Y-PEER Oman has been involved in many educational campaigns on topics such as HIV awareness, reproductive health and car safety.

Physical inactivity is a risk factor of many non-communicable diseases that are widespread in Oman, such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancers. According to a Ministry of Health census, 37 per cent of Omanis are physically inactive, compared to 31 per cent worldwide. This figure, and its negative impact on the general health of the human body, prompted the Ministry of Health to focus its efforts on combating this epidemic.

In Salalah, the group also provided a short electronic survey to better understand the level of people’s knowledge on the situation of physical inactivity in Oman, and their current level of physical activity, added the release.

Y-PEER Oman also organised some competitions including badminton, tug of war and jumping ropes to attract children and younger members of society to exercise. The activities were done outside the Ministry of Health’s corner, where Y-PEER members directed visitors of the Salalah Tourism Festival to receive a free comprehensive health check-up.