HKBU launches Jockey Club Mus-Fit for Health Project


The Dr. Stephen Hui Research Centre for Physical Recreation and Wellness (CPRW) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), with funding from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, has launched a three-year “Jockey Club Mus-Fit for Health Project” (Mus-Health), which will design a series of exercises to train the muscle strength, endurance, balance and flexibility of 5,000 elderly people. The project will also help them develop regular exercise habits for staying healthy and active.


The launching ceremony of the project was held at HKBU on 1 August. It was officiated by Dr Gabriel Leung, Executive Director, Charities and Community of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, and Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU.

Other guests included Professor Frank Fu Hoo-kin, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Director of the Dr. Stephen Hui Research Centre for Physical Recreation and Wellness at HKBU (the Centre); Professor Chow Bik-chu, Director of the Centre; Dr Wendy Huang Yajun, Associate Director of the Centre; Professor Cheung Siu-yin, Emeritus Professor and former Associate Director of the Centre; Dr Kevin Yue Kin-man, Associate Director and Associate Professor, Teaching and Research Division of the School of Chinese Medicine at HKBU; and Dr Lobo Louie Hung-tak, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Health and Physical Education at the Education University of Hong Kong.


In his speech, Dr Gabriel Leung said that a healthy community, positive ageing and elderly care are the focus areas of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. He added that the Trust promotes healthy communities and encourages elderly people to develop the habit of doing regular exercise through supportive preventive services. He also mentioned that Mus-Health encourages older adults to strengthen their muscles through exercise. Elderly people have reduced their outdoor activities during the pandemic, which has led to the loss of muscle mass. Therefore, activities from Mus-Health are conducive to slowing down the decline of the elderly’s functional fitness, and they also help them maintain health.


Professor Chow Bik-chu expressed her gratitude to the cooperative organisations for their support, which helped make the launch of Mus-Health go smoothly. “Through training ambassadors and health leaders, Mus-Health will encourage elderly people to exercise to increase muscle mass and promote a healthy lifestyle. The project will also increase the exercise and health knowledge of the public through diversified activities, and we will join hands with various sectors to build a healthy society,” she said.


The project has recruited 99 ambassadors who are aged 50 to 69, and they have completed the training offered by the Jockey Club Mus-Fit Action project, which was inaugurated in 2019. The ambassadors will provide exercise training on muscular strength, balance and flexibility to the Mus-Health participants aged 50 to 70. The training programme will include online and offline lessons, which will last for 12 weeks, with one lesson per week.

When the participants have finished the lessons, they will train by themselves for three months and report regularly on their progress. The Mus-Health team will assess their health condition and train youngsters as health leaders to follow up on the progress of the participants. After completing the programme, the participants can become health leaders to deliver messages related to exercise and health to their peers.


The project team will also promote Mus-Health to different age groups in society and promote the message that exercise is important through seminars, competitions, promotional trucks, etc.  


Please browse the Facebook Page (mushealth.hkbu) or to be launched in mid-September) of the Jockey Club Mus-Fit for Health Project for more information.