By WANPIS AKO
PORT MORESBY: Like many other Papua New Guineans, David Giano would fight to shake off stroke’s grip on his life.
When I was giving him a lift in my car, he told me that the half of his body was numb.
Despite financial challenges, taking trips to hospitals for medical treatment took toll on his life.
YOGA TRANSFORMS LIVES
However, the Kuraire villager said the curative health care did not help him to overcome his struggle.
His village is in Simbu’s Chuave District.
It all became history when he became a pioneer participant of the Walk and Yoga for Life program in 2014.
This is what the father of two recalled.
Since, he said, his life has recovered big time to normalcy.
If you ask him what his favourite hobby is, ‘walking and Yoga’ is definitely his response.
“I do this for my own health, wellness and fitness. I have realised its benefits. It saved my life,” he told me.
He is in his sixties now and hopes that his choice of healthy lifestyle will improve his life expectancy.
“I am on organic food and pure water. I cut down on bad habits. I am no longer taking alcohol and meat,” he said.
WYFL is one component of the National Capital District Commission’s Active City Development program.
The internationally-sanctioned program contributes positively at making Port Moresby clean, safe, healthy, liveable, active and great.
Giano migrated to the city in 1991 from Bougainville in pursuit of further employment.
The crisis affected his work on the island.
He has been settling at Five-Mile suburb of the capital city for twenty-seven years.
Giano has witnessed the transformation taking place in the city.
The Simbu man commended Governor Powes Parkop for the unprecedented leadership in breaking its barriers to a modern city.
He gets angry when the tempo of the walk on the Sunday is slowed down.
David is also a member of power walk group which is an initiative of likeminded residents who embrace physical exercise so dearly.
The participants walk twice the streets of the city on week days and if not, more days when they are free.
They join the big group on every Sunday in the usual eight-Kilometre walk from Murray Barracks to Paga Hill ring road.
In his words, as a supporter he intentionally joined the program to seek favours and impress the governor.
“My expectations have gradually dropped. We (my wife and I) wake up so early in the morning every Sunday to walk for our health, wellness and fitness,” said a proud Giano.
After the end of the program at Paga Hill, he sacrifices drop-off bus sometimes to resume the walk all the way back home, according to him.
In his message, he is calling on fellow residents-who are in his age group- to join him and other thousands of residents in the WYFL program.
Since joining the program, visiting hospitals for medical treatment has become a thing of the past in his life.
He owes his life to WYFL program.