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Hundreds of citizens participate in a 3km intergenerational walk in Budapest

28/06/2012
Hundreds of citizens participate in a 3km intergenerational walk in Budapest © Zoltan Asztalos

On June 23 grandparents and grandchildren celebrated an intergenerational 3km walk in Budapest’s Margaret Island under the title “Mozdulj Mama” (Move Granny!).

Hosted by Mayor István Tarlós, the walk was lead by Sarolta Monspart, orienteering world champion and member of the Elderly Council. The patron of the event was Jonathan Knott, ambassador of the United Kingdom, organiser of this year’s Olympic Games.

Miklós Szócska, State Secretary for Healthcare, cited the 3km walk and the recently approved non-smokers protection act as an example of the actions taken by the government to promote a healthier lifestyle among citizens.

Erika Asztalosné Zupcsán, deputy State Secretary for Social Affairs, encouraged senior participants to be active-agers and welcomed the fact that many went to Margaret Island with their grandchildren. She also encouraged younger generations to help older people in their daily and weekly walks.

Hundreds of grandparents, grandchildren and parents, neighbours and friends, all walked together and enjoyed a sunny day in the outdoors to raise awareness about the importance of having an active lifestyle at any age.

The event included free health screenings, activities for children and even cosmetic advice at the arrivals area. The day ended with a concert.

Pictures and vídeos of the day are available at www.mozduljmama.hu.

 

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