ADŻ calls for urgent action to encourage more physical exercise
Alternattiva Demokratika Żgħażagħ – Green Youth said today that they are shocked that Malta is the country with the least physically active people in the world.
In addition, the Maltese are among the most obese people in the EU. ADŻ is concerned that so little has been done to address these issues. In addition, ADŻ calls for urgent action to tackle the root of the problem.
ADŻ President Marc ‘Andrea Cassar said: “There has been little investment in public sports facilities. Outdoor gyms are rare, they are non-existent in many of our urban areas. There are also very few green spaces in our communities, and most roads do not exactly accommodate pedestrians ”. Marc ‘Andrea Cassar also expressed his concern about the high consumption of unhealthy food stating that: “Most Maltese consume a large amount of unhealthy food, which leads to obesity and poor health. There should also be increased education not only on why people should eat healthier, but also on healthy foods people can eat, which are both cheap and quick and easy to prepare ”.
ADŻ spokesman James Gabarretta underlined the lack of measures regarding cycling. He said: “In many cases, drivers pose a danger to cyclists due to reckless driving. Higher fines and consistent enforcement should be introduced in order to make cycling safer and therefore more attractive. “
He added: “The adoption of cycling can increase if specific measures to encourage it are put in place. Such measures include installing showers for people who cycle to work, via a bike-to-work program, and setting up cycling clubs to encourage beginners. “
He concluded by stating that: “Pedelecs – electric motor bikes – are ideal for the commuting needs of most people. The use of bicycles and pedelecs should be strongly encouraged, by the introduction of subsidies for the purchase of pedelecs – the return on this public investment – a fraction of the hundreds of millions spent on new roads, which only delay congestion and aggravate pollution and related health problems ”.