Only 30 percent of children and adolescents lead active lifestyle, expert says
The number of children and adolescents leading an active lifestyle in Kazakhstan does not exceed 30 percent. Nearly 40 percent of pre-conscripts do not meet the military service requirements for health reasons. At a briefing in Central Communications Service, Spokesperson of School Sport Federation (SSF), coach of Kazakhstan Aliya Tusupbekova spoke about the problem of obesity among schoolchildren.
“Physical education lessons do not compensate for the lack of physical activity in children. This leads to an increase in chronic diseases and affects the level of physical development. A significant number of children suffer from visual impairments, 20 percent are overweight due to a sedentary lifestyle and an unbalanced diet. There are not enough competent personnel, sports equipment and inventory to organize sports classes,” said the SSF head.
The Head of the Republican Educational, Methodological and Analytical Center for Physical Culture and Sports, Abzal Mykhybayev, spoke about a new project to popularize mass sports in the country.
“The project “Mass sports are the key to an active country” has been launched. It is not only informative, but also serves as a kind of toolkit. Here you can get answers about the health benefits of physical activity or the health effects of a particular sport. The main feature of this project is the presence of a map of sports facilities. For example, anyone can go to this website, view articles, choose the sport that suits them, and find out the addresses of all sports facilities in their area by clicking on the “be active” button,” the speaker said.
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in his state-of-the-nation address emphasized the need to pay special attention to the development and popularization of mass sports in the country. Today, about 23,000 sports facilities have been built in the state, including playgrounds for football, basketball and volleyball. Their number is planned to be increased to 30,000 by 2025.