The exercise programme, which promotes healthy lifestyles for men, was attended by Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters, Health minister Nandi Glassie, Sports minister Albert Nicholas and members of the community.
Spearheaded by men’s health ambassador George George, the programme, which will run until the end of the month, involves 30 minutes’ daily exercise, starting at 12 noon.
Nicholas is calling on men to come out in numbers and be part of this initiative.
“As the sports minister, I would like to encourage men to join this programme to promote healthy living.
“It’s good to see the QR and minister Glassie here as well, promoting this initiative and advocating on the issue of men’s health.
“If you notice you are running out of breath when trying to tie your shoelaces because bending over has cut the circulation to your lungs, then there is something wrong. If you can’t reach your shoe to tie your laces, there is something wrong.
“It’s time to get off the couch and do something. Put those runners on and be part of this initiative.”
Cook Islands Men’s Health president George thanked Marsters and the ministers alongside other participants for taking part in the initiative.
He said the programme had become more exciting thanks to CITC Pharmacy and Shannon Saunders who had sponsored the weight loss competition among participants.
“I couldn’t have asked for more than having the QR, minister Glassie and minister Nicholas coming to the opening day of the programme,” George said.
“This shows our leaders are behind this campaign and the onus is now on the other men to invest in their health.”
The daily exercise programme will continue today starting at 12 noon, with trainers from Top Shape Gym helping out with the drills and diet plans.