Uzbek gov't offers incentives for healthy lifestyle uptake
TASHKENT, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Uzbekistan plans to offer cash incentives to citizens who walk more than 10,000 steps a day, according to a draft presidential decree currently under public discussion, the Uzbek sports ministry said Wednesday.
Additionally, people who walk 3.6 million steps a year will receive a 50 percent discount on services provided by the state and a free subscription to use sports facilities, the ministry said.
The government will develop an online platform where people can create an electronic wallet to receive payments of around 0.3 U.S. dollars for their daily walks, according to the ministry.
The draft presidential decree aims to implement measures aimed at a widespread implementation of a healthy lifestyle and promote mass sports such as walking, running, cycling, soccer, badminton, and volleyball among its citizens.
The decree also outlines the program "Let's overcome the pandemic through sports!" in an effort to protect the population from illnesses such as COVID-19, as well as an annual car-free day every September.
Starting from March next year, Uzbekistan plans to restrict the advertising of food products that are high in salt, sugar and fat in educational establishments and on public transport. Enditem