Brunei observes World Heart Day

Bandar Seri Begawan – Brunei Darussalam yesterday joined countries the world over in observing World Heart Day 2011 with an event launch at the Health Promotion Centre, Commonwealth Drive.

Since 2008, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Gleneagles JPMC Sdn Bhd have jointly organised the event annually.

World Heart Day is commemorated every September 29 by the World Heart Federation (WHF) to strengthen the campaign for preventive measures against cardiovascular diseases, the number one cause of human deaths around the world which claims some 17 million lives annually.

In a strong show of support, over 400 people turned up to witness the event launch by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Salam bin Abdul Momin yesterday.

The morning launch opened with an aerobics session, and was followed by a walkathon around the Commonwealth Drive and JASTRe Recreation Park. An array of fun games and activities were also rolled out as part of the events focus on physical activities.

The launch signifies the commencement of World Heart Day 2011 events in Brunei, where various events have been lined up to enhance public awareness on the importance of good heart health maintenance and in preventing cardiovascular diseases.

Among the activities concluded in September 2011 were a photography competition and colouring competition.

Meanwhile, an open day at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Cardiology Centre will run until October 19, giving the general public a chance to enhance knowledge on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases.

The week will culminate on October 23 with a World Heart Day Public Forum.

According to a press statement from the MOH, World Heart Day 2011 is themed One World, One Home, One Heart in support of the WHF campaign that calls for individuals and their families to focus on reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, which can include heart disease and stroke.

Central to the WHF initiatives this year is the prevention of cardiovascular disease, as 80 per cent of cardiovascular diseases can actually be prevented with diet and lifestyle changes.

Smoking, obesity and lack of physical activities are the major risk factors contributing to heart diseases, high blood pressure and high sugar and cholesterol levels.
As part of their initiative in instilling public awareness, a free health screening was also organised yesterday for the public to check their BMI (Body Mass Index), blood pressure, sugar level and cholesterol level.

An exhibition on heart health awareness and a poster competition and exhibition were also held as part of the launch.

The day also saw the presentation of prizes to winners of the photography and colouring competitions.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

On October 17th, 2011, posted in: Latest News by
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