The pledge, Guard Your Gut, emphasises three simple steps to better digestive health.
MALAYSIANS nowadays are becoming increasingly aware of what they put into their mouths.
Whether it be food or drink, information on the nutrients and substances contained within edible items are more easily available now than they were decades ago.
However, while we may know what we are eating, are we equally aware of the digestive process that extracts and absorbs all the nutrients we require from what we consume?
Earlier in the year, Malaysia commemorated World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) at the Curve shopping mall in Selangor.
WDHD is an initiative of the Digestive Health Advisory Board (DHAB), which was established to address the increasing prevalence of digestive problems in the country.
DHAB is supported by the Vitagen Healthy Digestion Programme (VHDP), which aims to raise awareness of digestive health through various events.
Vitagen deputy general manager Michael Ong observes that the prevalence of digestive diseases are on the rise.
“Many people are unaware of the seriousness of digestive problems. It is usually seen as less life-threatening when compared to other diseases like heart disease.
“However, a healthy digestive system is particularly important to one’s health.
“Therefore, we hope that by organising these roadshows and activities, the public will be more aware of the seriousness of digestive diseases, and be empowered to take better care of their digestive health,” he says.
This year’s WDHD features a nationwide pledge, aptly called “Guard Your Gut”, which urges Malaysians to take care of their digestive health.
The pledge emphasises three simple steps to better digestive health: practising healthy dietary and eating habits, leading a healthy lifestyle, and going for regular health screenings.
The purpose of the pledge is to highlight the importance of healthy digestive habits and to encourage Malaysians to take up the challenge to lead a healthier lifestyle.
After taking the pledge, they can share it with their friends via Facebook and Twitter, and be eligible to participate in the I Love Vitagen Pix & Video contest to win attractive prizes.
More than 3,700 people have taken the pledge since its launch in May.
As part of the planned activities for WDHD, KSL City Mall, Johor Baru, hosted the third roadshow on Nov 30-Dec 4, while Terminal 1, Seremban, hosted the final roadshow of the year on Dec 7-9.
The roadshows featured various educational and fun games, as well as activities. The highlight of these activities was the Healthy Digestive Journey, an educational walk-through structure that contains information about digestive system disorders, and the various warning signs to look out for.
The display also incorporates an educational and informative game, which allowed both adults and children to test their knowledge on digestive health.
Members of the public were also able to measure their height, weight, body mass index and body fat percentage, as well as obtain healthy eating advice by nutritionists at the health screening area provided.
In addition, gastroenterology nurses were on hand to provide advice on digestive health problems.
Free copies of digestive health publications and InfoGuides (published by DHAB this year) were distributed at the roadshows.
For more information on how you can make the pledge to “Guard Your Gut”, and to download e-versions of the InfoGuides, visit www.vitagen.com.my/digestivehealth or contact the secretariat (Lim Sue Hui/Chan Li Chuin) at 03-5632 3301/5637 3526 or 016-468 6324/605 6424.
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