Monday, March 22, 2010

Healthy lifestyle habits promotes by Malabon

Healthy lifestyle habits promotes by Malabon..
Malabon City joined city hall employees Monday in a walk for a cause to promote seven healthy habits as cited by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Local health officials said the project is part of the commitment of the city of Malabon to support the programs of the Department of Health (DoH) by carrying out an intensified information campaign on the seven healthy lifestyle habits namely, stop smoking; avoid alcoholic drinks and illegal drugs; eating low-fat, low-salt foods; eating high fiber foods; prevent hypertension; doing physical activity; and managing stress.
Under the theme “Arangkada naTin “To! Walk for a Cause in Malabon City,” the exercise was spearheaded by the DoH and the City of Malabon Health Office led by Dr. Isauro Garcia.
It started at 7 a.m. in two groups starting in Barangay Concepcion and the other at Malabon City Square.
The participating students and city hall employees walked for about half an hour in front of the City Hall to the beat of high-energy music.
The project to promote the seven healthy lifestyle habits will be held in selected venues at the 21 barangays in the city in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd) and other agencies.
Garcia said the project is targeting about 1,000 Grade 6 students from public and private schools in Malabon City, and another 1,000 from fourth year students in the same schools.
The exercise was held is in coordination with various department agencies, like the DepEd, Barangay Councils, Mayor’s Office, General Services Department, Public Information Office, Budget Office, Treasurer’s Office, DoH-CHD-MM and DoH-1.
The DoH said it is imperative to direct public health efforts towards prevention of diseases through an intensified implementation of strategies to decrease the prevalence of such diseases.
The DoH cited the increasing mortality, morbidity, and disability from cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, stroke, heart disease), diabetes, cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases which are associated with smoking, along with diet and unhealthy habits.

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