Bill to establish National Fitness Day in Nigeria scales second reading

A bill that seeks to dedicate a whole day for health fitness exercise for Nigerians has scaled the second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill, which is being sponsored by Diri Douye, a lawmaker from Bayelsa State, got the approval of the House to proceed to the committee stage at Tuesday’s plenary.

While making case for the bill’s passage, Mr. Douye said a lack of physical activities often results in poor health or worse.

“Exercise has long been known to lower risk factors like high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol which in turn reduces the risk of heart diseases and diabetics,” he said.

He said the bill would encourage the government and the private sector and all Nigerians to recognise fitness day and mark the day with local events and initiatives promoting the importance and use of recreational sport and fitness facilities.

Mr. said that the national fitness day would present an unparalled prospects to propagate the world about the benefits of keeping fit.
“If more Nigerians were physically active for just 30 minutes a day, the Nigerian health care system and the economy can save billions of Naira yearly, while creating a healthier community,” he said.

He further stated that it would also engage, educate and empower all Nigerians to adopt a healthy lifestyle that include regular, physical activities and good nutrition.

Mr. Douye it would promote programmes and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, background and abilities to live a healthy life,” he added.
Also contributing to the bill, Ayo Omidiran (APC-Osun) said that the bill if passed would be taken to the grass root to prevent diseases.

“We will use the day to advocate to the people to understand the benefits of staying healthy and eating well to live longer,” Mr. Omidiran said. “One major advantage is that we will use this National day of fitness as awareness creation.”

The bill was unanimously allowed to proceed after Speaker Yakubu Dogara put it up for a voice vote.

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