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“2020 The Post-Pandemic Era-Sport for all and Health Policy Conference”

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News Release Date: November 20, 2020

  In response to the new exercise-for-life lifestyle brought about by the impact of  COVID-19, as well as to encourage people to exercise more, the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare (hereinafter referred to as the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare) and the Sports Administration, Ministry of Education (hereinafter referred to as the Sports Administration, Ministry of Education) joined hands to organize the “2020 Sport for all and Health Policy Conference ” at the GIS MOTC Convention Center. Combining forces of different government agencies and inviting representatives from the industry, government, academia, the public, and the media, this event aimed to reinforce the policies of exercise and health promotion based on the concept of “promoting exercise, conserving energy, and reducing carbon.”

Pandemic Prevention & Exercise – New Issues of Global Health Promotion
  According to Mr. Wang Ying-Wei, the Director of the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, after experiencing the COVID-19 turmoil, some nations changed their public policies. For example, the British government has widened its sidewalks and bicycle paths to encourage its citizens to exercise. In our efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent non-contagious diseases, “exercising” and “a nutritious diet” are the most important factors in promoting a healthy lifestyle to the public. In the past, our focus had always been on promoting exercise and a nutritional-balanced diet. For the new lifestyle promotion (the healthy exercise-for-life lifestyle), the government aims to combine the elements of environmental protection (energy conservation and carbon reduction) and economy to promote exercises that may fit into our daily life and a green diet. The Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare produced a series of short videos including “Get Up and Move, Go!”, “Turn My Home into A Gym with Two Bottles of Mineral Water“, “My Home Is My Gym”, and “Exercise Facilities in Parks” to encourage people to do more physical activities at home anytime. Furthermore, the different aspects of environmental protection (energy conservation and carbon reduction), economic coordination, and the 4Es (eating, exercise, ecology, and economy) were incorporated to achieve the multiple benefits of health promotion activities as well as the goal of substantial development.

  According to Mr. Lin Zhe-Hong, the Vice Director of the Sports Administration, Ministry of Education, as exercising gets popular among citizens, more and more people consider exercising as a part of their life. This year, after the pandemic situation in Taiwan has stabilized, the Sports Administration, Ministry of Education issued the so-called “sports coupon” to encourage people to go outdoors for exercise and sports activities. Furthermore, the administration has been implementing a program encouraging relevant enterprises to hire exercise instructors since 2018. As of today, the government has assisted more than 243 enterprises in hiring 373 exercise instructors and organizing more than 1200 sports & leisure activities for employees, allowing them to effectively release their work stress and achieve better physical health via exercises. The ultimate goal is to inspire everyone to get up and exercise and achieve the vision in the sports white paper, which is “Exercising to Stay Healthy and Enjoy a Happily Life.”  

Intra-National & Interagency Communications to Discuss How to Get People Moving in the Post-Pandemic Era
  The theme of this convention was “The Post-Pandemic Era – National Sports and Health Policy”, and the organizer invited researcher Mr. James F. Sallis of the University of California, San Diego, Professor Yin Len Theng of Nanyang Technological University, and Professor Kawanishi Masashi of the Department of Sport Education Hokusho Daigaku, to guide the public to achieve the effect of “exercise and health for all ages” through policy-making and organizing activities. Using “Health for All – Policy Promotion, Industrial Innovation, Energy Conservation, and Carbon Reduction” as the themes of the roundtable forum participated in by representatives of the central government agencies (Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan, Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, East Coast National Scenic Area, Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation, the Sports Administration, Ministry of Education, and the Health Promotion Administration Ministry of Health and Welfare) and those of the private sectors (Environmental Quality Protection Foundation, Chinese Taipei Alpine Association, and Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy) were asked to share their experiences and increase the momentum of implementing policies related to exercising and health.

All Ages, Get Moving Anywhere and Anytime
  As for policies such as “Parks Are Gyms, too," “Fitness Club for Seniors," and “Sports i Taiwan”, based on the concept of exercise promotion, energy conservation & carbon reduction, economy, and entertainment, discussions about cooperation among government agencies and the private sector, and efficient resource integration were conducted. By combining elements such as integrated services of non-government organizations, health-promotion classes, and exercise instructors, citizens are enabled to exercise safely and effectively in their surrounding environment, such as the workplace, home, and parks, achieving the goal of exercise for people of all ages.

  The health of our people is the biggest asset to our nation. Physical activities and exercise are of utmost importance to the health of people of all ages. The Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare and Sports Administration, Ministry of Education have continued to integrate their resources and made the best use of public health and sports / exercising to improve the well-being and health of our citizens.

Post COVID-19 Lifestyle– Paying Attention to Personal Hygiene and Health while Exercising Outdoors
  A warm reminder from the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare and Sports Administration, Ministry of Education - since the coronavirus pandemic in Taiwan has stabilized, “the Post-COVID-19 Lifestyle” has now kicked off. Please maintain social distance with others and watch your personal hygiene while following various pandemic-preventative regulations in public places. Upon returning home from exercising, remember to wash your hands. Don’t forget to maintain a one-meter-plus social distance with others while exercising. If you are in a crowded environment, please wear a face mask. Be reminded that if you are running a fever or showing respiratory symptoms, please don’t go out. Furthermore, the temperature will vary dramatically from day to night this season, and we would like to urge citizens to bring a workout towel while exercising. After exercising, wear a coat to avoid getting a cold. We encourage you to go out and exercise more while maintaining both personal and public health.

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Extended Reading
1.My Home Is My Gym – A Story (A Video)
  https://youtu.be/-lI1rHKfg54
2.My Home Is My Gym – For Young People (A video)
  https://youtu.be/QphfoaW09-w
3.My Home Is My Gym – For Seniors (A Video)
  https://youtu.be/jblfbHLwc40
4.Turning My Home into A Gym with Only Two Bottles of Water ! (Live Streaming)
  https://reurl.cc/x0amnN
5.Get Up and Move, Go! My Home Is My Gym (Live Streaming)
  https://reurl.cc/gmGAKV
6.Get Up and Move, Go! My Home Is My Gym (Squatting, Imitating a Running Mill, A Seated Bike) (The Poster)
  https://reurl.cc/XkG8dM
7.Get Up and Move, Go! My Home Is My Gym (Ball Sharing, Jumping left and right) (The Poster)
  https://reurl.cc/VXzxk6
8.A video of fitness facilities in Parks - Traction device for upper limbs
  https://health99.hpa.gov.tw/educZone/edu_detail.aspx?CatId=51531
9.A video of fitness facilities in Parks – Elliptical Trainer 
  https://health99.hpa.gov.tw/educZone/edu_detail.aspx?CatId=51532
10.Don’t forget to exercise more while doing pandemic prevention – How to use fitness facilities in parks: 
  https://www.hpa.gov.tw/Pages/Detail.aspx?nodeid=4141&pid=12208