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Educational programme for diabetics

(From left) Sales Force Excellence manager Marcus Lam, Loo, Tan and PHAK’s dietitian Lee Eek Mui at the launching of the event.

(From left) Sales Force Excellence manager Marcus Lam, Loo, Tan and PHAK’s dietitian Lee Eek Mui at the launching of the event.

MALACCA: Nestlé Health Science, in partnership with Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh (PHAK), recently organised the “Healthy Diabetes Living Starts With Breakfast” roadshow.

The five-day educational programme was initiated to educate people living with diabetes on healthy eating as part of a successful diabetes self-management programme.

The event was launched by PHAK chief executive officer Tan Yew Aik together with Nestlé Health Science country business manager Emilyn Loo.

Through a series of interactive games, participants learnt the importance of eating ideal food portions, and the effect of glycemic index (GI) on blood sugar levels.

Participants were rewarded with a goodie bag for their participation, while those with diabetes enjoyed a complimentary healthy breakfast and a cookbook with diabetic-friendly recipes.

PHAK’s dietitian also provided food management counselling and support to the participants.

PHAK opened a diabetes care centre in 2015 to provide an integrated range of care services and support for people with diabetes.

“Some lack knowledge on diabetes, often resulting in the condition going undiagnosed,” Tan said.

Tan said that PHAK’s school project was started as an avenue to educate children during their crucial formative years.

Through the project, PHAK aims to create behavioural change through sharing three simple lessons to schoolchildren throughout the region.

“Firstly, drink water and avoid sweetened beverages while reducing refined carbohydrates and increase vegetable intake.

“These simple lessons alone can curb the rise of diabetes and can have a dramatic effect on not just the child but the entire family unit,” Tan said.

The “Healthy Diabetes Living Starts With Breakfast” roadshow by Nestlé Health Science is part of a larger integrated diabetes programme initiated by the brand in 2016.

The roadshow has since visited states from Penang to Johor, and across to the east coast as well.

Over the past year, Nestlé Health Science has collaborated with leading hospitals nationwide to educate people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, caregivers and the public on the importance of healthy eating.

The partnership between Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh and Nestlé Health Science empowers individuals and offers the local community an opportunity to take charge of their diabetes management.

Globally, the prevalence of Type Two diabetes is rising at an alarming rate.

In Malaysia, the National Health and Morbidity Survey reports a staggering 3.5 million or 17.5% of Malaysians aged 18 and above diagnosed with the condition.