AZF celebrates first anniversary of ‘step into health’ with the launch of free smartphone app

November 23, 2013 1:09 pm

AZF celebrates first anniversary of ‘step into health’ with the launch of free smartphone app

Doha 23rd November 2013: Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) to launch a smartphone application as it is celebrating the first anniversary of step into health program in December.

Step into health program is an initiative by Aspire Zone Foundation, which aimed at engaging Qatari people in a self-managed lifelong program based on a moderate amount of daily healthy activity. The program suggests walking 10,000 steps and more a day in a non-competitive, recreational and social way. More than19,000 people across the country have adopted a more active lifestyle by participating in this initiative over the past year.

The new app will act as a pedometer and counts the number of steps a participant is making. The foundation also set to introduce designated parks featuring tracks with the number of steps marked out, as a useful guide for walkers who do not have pedometers. A campus Initiative has also been launched with a specifically designed plan for students and staff. More members of the community are expected to be inspired to step into health through this new initiative.

“One of Aspire Zone Foundation’s priorities is to promote a healthy lifestyle for all members of society, and the new initiatives will certainly entice more people to join the step into health program. The statistics collected prove the popularity of the initiative and the positive reaction amongst local people up to now, with the participation of 11000 Qataris, including 7000 women. As for age categories, the 30 to 45 year age bracket was the most involved,” said Dr. Mohamad Gaith Al Kuwari, Director of the Healthy lifestyles Program at Aspetar Hospital.

“The new initiatives this season will focus on one goal, namely to encourage people to walk 10,000 steps or more daily. We have launched the step into health application for smartphones, in Arabic, to count steps and provide weekly health advice, in addition to calculating calories burned. The registration of members through www.stepintohealth.qa makes it easy to join the program and then download the application in any smartphone store,” said Mr. Abdulah Said Al Muhannadi, a health researcher at Aspetar.

 “We provided colored tracks with the number of steps marked out at Aspire Park, and the visitors can use these track to train. We did the same in the Barzan Olympic Park, in cooperation with the Qatar Olympic Committee, where colored tracks are also available with distances marked out, in addition to the step into health signs,” added Mr. Al Muhannadi.

Image Courtesy: stepintohealth

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