More than 500 people comprising Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) undergraduates and staff took part in the 10,000-Step Programme with the walking activity starting from the Chancellery Building. The programme was launched by UMP Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dato' Dr. Daing Nasir Ibrahim On June 10, 2015 and the 10,000 steps took them strolling around the campus. In his speech, Dato' Dr. Daing Nasir called on the university's denizens to live a healthy and dynamic lifestyle in an effort to increase their wellbeing in the campus. He said he believed that a healthy person would surely be more efficient and proactive in carrying out the daily tasks. Dato' Dr. Daing also reminded them about the risks of diseases which could start from an early age but it was something which could be avoided by way of eating healthy food and doing physical activity, consistently. UMP's management had always given emphasis for the staff to practise living a healthy lifestyle and as such, a new initiative was introduced with the set-up of the Employee Assistance and Support Programme (EAP). Under the programme, consultation service will be provided to UMP staff facing difficulties in their work, family, career and health which can have direct impact on the quality of productivity.
According to Department of Registrar's Senior Deputy Registrar and Programme Director, Wan Abdul Rashid Wan Abd Rahman, the event was held in response to the address made in the Vice-Chancellor's 2015 Speech that highlighted having an excellent culture by way of having a healthy lifestyle.
The programme was jointly organised by the Department of Registrar and UMP Sports Centre. It was carried out simultaneously at the campuses in Gambang and Pekan. Other activities outlined throughout the campaign were Zumba workout, aerobics, cycling activity and a blood donation drive.
Activities that are conducted consistently around the campus will help to bring about good benefits because the people will be fit. They will have a strong heart, risks of heart diseases can be reduced with lower cholesterol level. Blood pressure is also manageable while high blood pressure and stroke can be prevented. By keeping fit, other diseases can also be avoided such as diabetes for the body will be able to process sugar better and healthy bloodstream flowing through the veins.
A forum attended by three speakers was also held at UMP Pekan Campus. The talk was titled, 'Healthy Workers, Safe Workplace, Increase in Productivity' and the speakers were UMP's Cemtre for Modern Languages & Human Sciences (CMLHS) Lecturer, Dr. Helmi Mat Said, Dr. Ahmad Ikhwan Shah Akhtar Ali from PRK MUIP Specialist Hospital and UMP Pekan. Deputy Registrar Zainuddin Mat Hussin.