"The central government program of Healthy Living Community Movement (Germas) must be implemented by all people in West Sulawesi in order to stat healthy," Governor Masdar remarked here on Wednesday.
Germas was initiated by President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi to change people`s behavior and encourage them to adopt a healthier lifestyle, as health does not happen by accident but requires work, smart lifestyle choices, and the occasional medical checkup and test.
Making small, consistent changes to their daily routine can become healthy habits that improve their overall well-being. Maintaining a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep and being physically active can become a part of their regular day.
The West Sulawesi governor noted that Germas must be carried out jointly by the people in the province with awareness, willingness, to improve the quality of their health.
"May the entire community improve the pattern of balanced nutrition consumption for the family, improve regular and measurable physical activity, maintain a clean environment, reduce consumption of cigarettes and alcohol and can manage stress," the governor said.
Masdar also called on the local community to do the exercise or physical activities such as jogging for at least 30 minutes per day.
In the meantime, Health Minister Nila Moeloek has emphasized that inter-ministerial coordination in dealing with health problems is now getting better, and should be further enhanced through the program of Germas.
The health minister has expressed hope that the awareness of health will increase both in society and government in issuing policies that support a healthy lifestyle.
To build a strong country, Moeloek said it would start from human quality that was also closely related to health.