The 9th edition of the event which will be held between 23rd and 26th October will see different activities taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. • Activities include unified Spirit of Football matches, yoga, Zumba classes & Ring the Bell Challenge”  – all of which aim to promote physical activity and fully aligned with the Government’s drive to foster a healthier lifestyle. • "Ring The Bell Challenge” fund will be donated to Reach Campaign that aims to end NTD’s • These are in addition to the ‘One Billion Steps’ Challenge that was launched last month



Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC), the region’s first dedicated centre protecting the physical, mental and social wellbeing of Abu Dhabi’s population by raising public and preventative healthcare awareness, has announced a wide range of activities that aim to get visitors active during this month’s International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress in Abu Dhabi.

Taking place between 23rd and 26th October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), ADPHC has collaborated with a number of fitness, sports and health organisations to host a series of classes that will be held on the sidelines of the Congress. 

His Excellency Matar Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, said: “The 9th edition of the ISPAH Congress provides an excellent opportunity to engage with everyone that is attending the event to not only understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and the impact it can have on your body and mind but also place them at the centre of our drive-in getting visitors involved through regular exercise.” He added: “Thanks to our partners, we have been able to roll out a series of enjoyable fitness activities during all four days of the event that will bring hundreds of people together under one place – all sharing the same goal of being active”.

With a shared vision of promoting an active, healthy society with opportunities for physical activity and an active life for all, the ISPAH Congress in Abu Dhabi will bring together academics, practitioners, thought leaders and policy makers to discuss collaborative ways to promote the adoption of physical activity. The Congress, held under the theme of ‘Making Every Move Count’, will feature keynote speeches and workshops on different topics.

Among the activities confirmed during the four days include a variety of yoga classes, taught by BodyTree Studio, featuring Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga sessions. Fitness First will also host two Zumba classes while Desert Shield Fitness will engage audiences in low and high intensity exercises that promote strong muscles and bones.

In addition, Desert Shield will stage their  ‘Ring The Bell’ Challenge, which will bring together people from the community and government teams through a series of team activities that focus on physical and mental aspects. The challenge fund will be donated to Reach Campaign to end NTD’s .

The Congress will also host ‘Spirit of Football – The Ball’ (SOF)’ unified games, established in 2002 and equivalent to the Olympic torch, SOF aims to tackle the most pertinent challenges facing society and the planet using the power of football to educate and advocate communities about selected ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, climate change, gender equality, fair play with the Abu Dhabi games highlighting the importance of good health and well-being.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to join the on-going ‘One Billion Steps’ Challenge that aims to encourage individuals to collectively walk one billion steps by the time the Congress finishes in Abu Dhabi on 26th October. Available to download for free on Android and IOS, users can win flight tickets to any destination in Europe or Asia with Etihad Airways.

The activities are part of ADPHC’s on-going efforts to promote physical activity and is fully aligned with the Government’s drive to foster a healthier lifestyle. 


For more information on the congress updates, please follow ADPHC official socials channels. 

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