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Physical Fitness Test for the Community launched

The Physical Fitness Test for the Community, steered by the Community Sports Committee and organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), was launched today (November 26) at the Piazza of Kowloon Park.

The Physical Fitness Test for the Community is aimed at enabling participants to have a general understanding of their own fitness condition, setting up a data bank on the physical condition of the population, and identifying the correlation between their physical exercise pattern and physical condition.

The project is an initiative under the Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau Sports Exchange and Co-operation Agreement. It also forms part of the on-going Healthy Exercise for All Campaign organised by the LCSD and the Department of Health to encourage people to exercise regularly.

From now until February, 2006, people aged between three and 69 are welcome to take free physical fitness tests at designated leisure venues. Between 6,000 and 8,000 people are expected to take the tests.

A participant will fill in a questionnaire and go through different tests to measure his physique, physiological functions and physical fitness. The tests include the measurement of body height, seated height, body weight, skin fold thickness, resting heart rate, as well as movements like stepping test, sit-and-reach test, hand grip test, standing long jump and static balance stand.

After finishing the tests, the participant will receive a card recording the results, a souvenir and a complimentary Healthy Exercise for All Campaign VCD. Qualified staff of the Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China will be available to answer enquiries on site and recommend suitable exercises.

The Deputy Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Leisure Services), Mr Alan Siu; Chairman of the Community Sports Committee, Mr Chau How-chen and Convener of the Advisory Committee of the Physical Fitness Test for the Community, Dr Lo Wing-lok, officiated at today’s launching ceremony. Healthy Exercise Ambassadors Mr Lai Kim-ching, Ms Lam Chau-ha, Ms Ngai Man-lin, Ms Pang Wai-yee, Ms Ho Kin-fai, Ms Ho Tin-hung, Mr Yip Chi-wai and Ms Cheung Yi-nei attended the launching ceremony to show their support of the project.

Guests and spectators enjoyed Wushu, Hip Hop dance, Chinese dance, DanceSport and X-Games performances after the ceremony.

The dates, time, venues and questionnaire of the Physical Fitness Test for the Community are printed on a leaflet available now at the District Leisure Services Offices of the LCSD and the District Offices of the Home Affairs Department. Details are also displayed on LCSD's website . For enquires, please call 2601 7653.

Ends/Saturday, November 26, 2005
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