STATEMENT BY DR LYDIA ABELA
Dr Lydia Abela has launched a national project that encourages physical exercise for the well-being and health
of who does it, but also to create a smile on the lips of others.
In Cottonera, the Prime Minister’s wife explained how ‘Smiles with Miles’ is a new motivation to
more and more people, of all ages, are starting to do, or even increase, walking or running, with the
physical and mental. While they will be helping themselves, they will also contribute
towards fundraising for specific projects in favor of adolescents in need.
The initiative works very simply. Anyone can download the ‘Smiles with Miles’ app for free
from his phone and go out for a walk or run at any time of the day. The app gives the
facility to measure the mileage a person is doing, and there are different levels of distances that, as soon as
exceed them, be eligible for awards that recognize these personal achievements.
More importantly, your miles will merge with the miles of the entire population.
Upon reaching 250,000 miles, cumulatively, there are a number of private companies, which through the
Their Corporate Social Responsibility, are giving a donation to new health projects for mental health among young people.
Dr. Lydia Abela said that it is a victory for our country to have more active people, who will strengthen their physical and
mental conditions, and experience this activity together with their families in the beautiful environment of
our country. “I believe that there is a need for a country that wants to promote the quality of life and ensure
social status of its people. “3
There are two initial goals that will be met with the funds raised in this initiative. First, to create
awareness campaign on the well-being of young people. Using influencers and synonymous role models
with young people, information on existing support services should be provided if
adolescents face mental challenges.
The second priority is to research the challenges of adolescents in today’s world to make the country
aware of what new recommendations it needs to work on to address new areas through
After this coming month, ‘Smiles with Miles’ will continue in the coming months and years to become a style of
our life. “It must be a national effort. Your walking will really become worthwhile for you, and for
others, ”concluded Dr Abela.
Meanwhile, psychiatrist Dr Anton Grech praised the theme of the initiative and said it reflected the work
of the professionals in the mental field. Dr. Grech argued that evidence shows that physical exercise is a
type of therapy, like other medical therapies, for adolescents suffering from anxiety. He concluded by
expressing his appreciation for this initiative because it reminds us of the importance of not being able
to have a healthy body without a healthy mind, nor a healthy mind without a healthy body.
SportMalta chief executive Mark Cutajar said it was gratifying to hear the wife of the Prime Minister
Minister encouraging collective effort for physical activity as Team Malta. He stressed that the pandemic has shown that
in Malta you can exercise all the time, because the weather permits it, and we have natural tracks that
make it easier to walk more. He concluded that this initiative goes hand in hand with the
SportMalta in favor of physical exercise that helps you live a better life.