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Promoting healthy lifestyles, lessons from Thailand

  • Lara Rizka and Emmy Nirmalasari

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Jakarta   /   Mon, May 6, 2019   /  09:05 am
Promoting healthy lifestyles, lessons from Thailand Accelerate: Students in Depok run up a hill as part of their running training program. (JP/P.J. Leo)

During the presidential candidate debates, the notion of a preventive and promotive program for healthy lifestyles was raised many times. Prabowo Subianto and vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno promised to embark on a healthy lifestyle campaign by promoting 22 minutes of exercise daily, while incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his VP candidate Ma’ruf Amin promoted a program that focuses on health promotion. Both presidential candidates shared the same view about the importance of a preventive program to decrease the incidence of disease because the sustainability of universal health coverage also depends on disease prevention and health promotion. Indonesia’s approach to disease prevention and health promotion was highlighted in 2017, under Presidential Instruction No. 1 on the People’s Movement for Healthy Lifestyle, better known as &l...

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