Nation’s health deteriorating due to sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits
The Czech Health Ministry has set itself a new target – getting Czechs to adopt a healthier lifestyle and start at an early age. According to Health Minister Leoš Heger a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and poor eating habits are largely to blame for the nation’s deteriorating health and he wants to address the root of the problem.
“The health of the Czech nation has been deteriorating. Many illnesses are to a large degree self-imposed and could be prevented. I feel that the Health Ministry should be doing more in the field of prevention and helping to establish healthier lifestyle standards.”
According to a study recently published by the World Health Organization, the Czech Republic is among the countries with the worst record in health awareness and lifestyle. Michal Kalman from the Active Lifestyle Institute at Palacký University in Olomouc explains.
“The study was initiated already in 1983. Nowadays, it covers 33 member countries with a fresh survey conducted every 4 years. The Czech Republic is a leading country in alcohol drinking, and also the prevalence of smoking is very high. From my point of view, the most serious issue is the decreasing level of physical activity that is essential for physical health and also for mental health.”
One of the ways to make children more active and get them to take up more sporting activities is to financially support sporting clubs across the country many of whom are suffering from a lack of money. František Nepožitek is a football coach in SK Sigma Olomouc who says that given the necessary resources the sporting tradition in this country can be revived and would soon bring positive results in terms of better physical and mental health.
“I would say that kids are generally less interested in taking up sporting activities. However thanks to a baby boom in recent years there are now enough kids joining our club. Regular training under the guidance of a professional not only improves their prowess and stamina but prevents many physical problems they might otherwise have developed.”