Beginning the year 2018, the Ministry of Health will be marking the National Day of Physical Activity every second Sunday of July, every year. on Sunday, 8th July 2018, The Ministry of health in partnership with Uganda Non Communicable Diseases Alliance (UNCDA) Inaugurated the National Physical Activity Day (NPAD) under the theme “Be Physically Active, Be Healthy” to inform the population about the importance of physical activity, its relevance in preventing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and keeping healthy.
Being physically inactive is a major risk factor for developing NCDs such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. Insufficient physical activity is one of the leading risk factors for global mortality and is on the rise in many countries, adding to the burden of NCDs and affecting general health worldwide. People who are insufficiently active have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active.