Malawi Ministry of Health and Population have said the Standard Bank’s Be More Race is helping in reducing cases of non-communicable diseases in the country.
Director of Clinical Services responsible for Non- Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, Jones Masiye, said: “Lack of physical exercises is one modifiable risk factor that Be More Race is helping to address.”
He added: “When people get involved in running and jogging, they are addressing this risk factor; hence, reducing the prevalence of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and hypertension.”
Standard Bank Head of Marketing and Communications, Thoko Unyolo, said they were excited to receive positive feedback on the race.
“When we started the race in 2017, our main focus was to make notable gains in promoting healthy living among our customers, families and communities.
“As such, we are delighted that we have made remarkable progress within three years to a point of getting the government’s affirmation. We hope that our contribution to the wellness of the nation would go a long way,” Unyolo said.
The third edition of the race takes place on Saturday in the capital Lilongwe.
Stakes for this year’s race in both categories have been pegged at K1.7 million and gold medals for the winners, with the second prize pegged at K1 million plus silver medals while those on third place will pocket K600, 000 and a bronze medal.