Mon 27-02-2017 21:53 PM

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince briefed on "Your Body is a Responsibility" campaign

ABU DHABI, 27th February, 2017 (WAM) -- His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, was briefed on "Your Body is a Responsibility" campaign during a meeting with Major-General Pilot Sheikh Ahmad bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the National and Reserve Service Authority.

The meeting was held at the Bahr Palace on Monday.

Called ''Jasadak Amana" in Arabic, the 12-month health education initiative was launched by the National and Reserve Service Authority under the patronage of the General Command of the Armed Forces.

While briefing the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, the National and Reserve Service Authority Chairman said that the campaign aims to increase health awareness and education, and encourage all segments of the community to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

During the year-long health campaign, organisers, in collaboration with public and private health and sports bodies, will focus on carefully selected health, psychological and behavioural topics, with the prime goals being to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases and negative behaviour among individuals and educating them about best preventive methods.

According to Muza Al Shehi, Director of the initiative, every month, the campaign will focus on a specific health and sports issue that is in sync with the World Health Organisation’s agenda.

''A holistic assessment will be conducted at the end of the initiative," she said.

Al Shehi added that an app called "Challenge" was launched to promote the objectives of the campaign and would enable users to prepare a customised sports and nutrition programme.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed praised the efforts of the organisers for focussing on the national health and sports drive, and added that it would help maintain mental and physical health being, improve performance, and ensure mental and psychological balance.

He called for launching similar programmes to instil a healthy and positive lifestyle among early age groups.

The initiative followed a successful application of Total Force Fitness, TFF, a framework for building and maintaining physical readiness and mental health and wellbeing for the national service recruits.