The Move for Health Day forms part of the development of global and national strategies on diet, physical activity and health. The initiative encourages all South Africans to take responsibility for their health, by engaging in cost effective physical activities such as walking, regular exercise and other extramural activities. In order to improve and maintain health, at least 30 minutes of physical activity should be performed daily.
The main objectives are to:
- facilitate the development of sustained national and local physical activity initiatives, policies and programmes
- increase population-wide participation in physical activity
- increase participation in physcial activity through sport organisations, events and other socio-cultural forums
- promote healthy behaviour and lifestyles and address health related issues through sports and physical activity such as no tobacco use, healthy diet, reduction of violence, stress and social isolation.