U2 Can Move fitness walk turns into a fun event

POSTED: 09/3/12 11:05 PM

St. Maarten – By Milton G Pieters – From the word go, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams distanced herself from the group seconds after the first annual U2 Can Move Soualiga K6 and K3 fitness walk and run took off from the Government Administration Building on Friday afternoon.
Forty eight minutes and 57 seconds later the Prime Minister beaded with perspiration returned and the only ones that were able to keep up with her extremely fast walking pace were Public Health Minister Cornelius De Weever and Major Felix N. Richards.
Each participant received a T-shirt and the first 30 participants that registered last week received a pedometer to monitor their progress during the walk. The walk took participants around the pond through the Sucker Garden, Arch Road, Madame Estate, Illidge Road and the Pondfill area.
The ‘You 2 Can Move’ walk was organized by the cabinet of Prime Minister Wescot-Williams; it is part of a promotional campaign to motivate fitness on the island. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports joins the prime minister in encouraging the population of Sint Maarten to strive to live a healthier lifestyle, including regular exercise and healthy eating.
The first person to complete the K3 category in just under 30 minutes was Angelica Granger followed closely by Major Ethelwoldus Josepha. It was almost a poignant moment for the prime minister and Minister De Weever who proceeded to exchange high fives after completing the fun event.
“We made our expected time so we have to beat it the next time,” the prime minister said. It clearly showed that the prime minister was not only effective in carrying out her duties behind a desk, she was definitely in her comfort zone.
“We got to lead by example and the government has a diverse group of workers with lots of potential and we have to exhibit those potentials and train for it. I think this was just wonderful.” the prime minister added.
Despite the fact that she was several years younger, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Silveria Jacobs was unable to finish among the leading group, but she did what was required in her own time.
“That used to be my exercise route and this reminds me of what I need to start doing again,” said Minister Jacobs. According to the minister, for people that are used to exercising, it was expected to be easy, but the same could not be said for those that were not used to walking for long distances.
Looking at the bigger picture, Minister Jacobs sees the first U2 Can Move Soualiga K6 and K3 Challenge as the way forward. “I would like to see more people on the island exercising, not everybody likes to walk, but some can get on bikes; as long as we get moving together.”
Minister Jacobs lauded the initiative of the prime minister and her Cabinet for getting the civil servants involved in what can only be described as a healthy afternoon walk. The event is expected to take place on a regular basis.

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