Qatar Ministry of Public Health and World Health Organization are hatching initiatives to ensure the FIFA World Cup 2022 events maintain health and safety measures.
The partnership is supported by FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and is part of a drive to promote global health through football.
Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, says the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is a unique platform to promote health across the world since sport and health go together.
“Sport and health are intertwined, and together they play out in a celebration of joy, well-being, and solidarity for billions of people around the world.”
The initiative is working to help make the 2022 tournament – the first of its kind held in the Middle East – healthy and safe.
Using the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to promote healthy lifestyles, people around the world can be inspired to play football and other sports, according to the statement from the Qatar Ministry of health.
The partners are committed to delivering campaigns to raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity on health, as well as promoting the importance of following a healthy lifestyle through the adoption of healthy food choices during major sporting events.
She explained that at the FIFA World Cup Qatar’s smoke-free stadiums and bans on tobacco marketing are among key protections offered to protect people from this deadly product.
Benefits of these measures will help promote and protect the health of sports followers at future mega sporting events.
“Whether you are engaging in high-intensity workouts or even just simple regular activity, every effort counts towards a healthy body and a happy mind. To further promote healthy lives, we are underscoring the importance of nutrition by demonstrating the benefits of offering healthy food choices at mega sporting events!”Dr Al Kuwari – Qatar Minister of Health
On his part the World Health Organization’s Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says by focusing on physical activity, healthy diets and nutrition, tobacco control, mental health, and health security, the partnership strives to provide guidance on how to help improve the physical and mental health of all people globally through sports.
“The goals we’ve set our sights on are ambitious, so the foundation for our partnership must be solid and based upon three key pillars. These include health promotion through strategic collaboration with governments and sports stakeholders alike, reaching billions of people through football and other sports in order to promote healthy lives!”Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – WHO
Under health promotion, the partnership is leveraging this year’s FIFA World Cup to promote the health benefits of simple physical activity for all through sport by developing new tools to reach people of all ages, particularly youth.
One of the key findings is that good mental health can often be linked to regular physical activity, which includes sports or simply walking and participating in physical activities with others.
This can also help to promote a sense of inclusion and community.
Qatar’s Ministry of Health and World Health Organization are working in close collaboration to promote physical health and well-being around several key milestones.
That includes promoting health and nutritional awareness during the Holy Month of Ramadan, engaging in the third edition of the “Walk the Talk: Health For All Challenge” in Geneva, and raising awareness of the harms caused by smoking on World No Tobacco Day.