25 divisions in Taiwan echoed "2007 Taiwan Walking Day"
Monday, November 12, 2007
"A healthy life starts from Walking." With this quote advertised on TV commercials in Taiwan, 25 divisions in Taiwan simultaneously held the walking events of "Taiwan Walking Day" yesterday. This recreational activity by Sports Affairs Council (SAC) and Ministry of Health (MOH) of Executive Yuan R.O.C. is the 2nd national event after the "Taiwan National Bicycle Day" promoted by SAC on May 5 this year.
In the main arena of the Taipei Municipal Chungshan Football Stadium, with the conjunction of "2007 Taiwan Walking Festival" by Republic of China Alpine Association held at Saturday (Nov. 10), this national event in Taipei attracted more than 5 thousand people including VIPs from "2007 Master Forum on Walking in Taiwan", worldwide walking and mountaineering professionals, and local public figures.
"Walking is a good recreation sport for health, to promote good conceptions on health, we (MOH) will present several books for the participants to make them manage their health well." Sheng-mao Ho (Ministry of Health) told the media. By the way, to promote advantages of recreation sports and health improvement, Jongher Yang (Commissioner of SAC) hopes the public will change the greeting from "Have you eaten yet?" to "Have you done sports yet?".
During the national event, the Police Radio System in Taiwan had a live radio SNG to some participated divisions, and some magistrate hoped the public would do more recreational sports to fullfil the goal of "Taiwan Walking Day".