Celebrate our guts with digestive health awareness day


  • Wellness
  • Sunday, 15 May 2016

The crowd enjoying the fitness demonstration, one of the many activities held during the World Digestive Health Day celebrations last year.

In  a bid to raise awareness of digestive health among Malaysians, Digestive Health Malaysia (DHM) will play host to the World Diges-tive Health Day (WDHD) 2016 celebrations at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Blue Concourse, Selangor, from May 18-22.

Keeping your digestive processes running in good order is extremely important, and it is essential to make sure that your digestive organs are in a state of good health.

Sadly, people only tend to pay attention to their digestive health after encountering common digestive symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, indigestion or constipation.

The Health Fact Statistics 2015 released by the Health Ministry revealed that diseases linked to poor digestive health are the sixth principal cause of death in Malaysia.

The National Cancer Registry of Malaysia recorded colorectal cancer as the second most common cancer affecting Malaysians, with up to 3,000 new cases every year.

In light of these worrisome figures, the DHM Society was formed in 2014 with the intention of empowering Malaysians on digestive health and educating them through various media, such as educational press articles, publications, roadshows and other activities.

By organising WDHD 2016, DHM hopes that the public will benefit from the various digestive health messages from DHM’s panel of experts.

As part of DHM’s initiatives to get the public to pay greater attention to their digestive health, an online tool called the Digestive Health Assessment Tool (DHAT) will be launched.

DHAT is meant as an easy-to-use online tool that will allow the public to make a quick assessment of their digestive health.

Should the necessity arise, they can visit the nearest clinic or hospital to seek appropriate treatment.

One of the highlights of this year’s WDHD celebrations is a specially prepared motion graphic showreel on colon cancer.

It highlights the simplicity and ease of the entire screening process, namely, the Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) and colonoscopy, in order to encourage the public to go for regular screening.

The stool test kit will be given to visitors upon signing up for Digest-ive Health Malaysia membership.

It is used to check for hidden blood in the stool sample.

The five-day event will feature a wide array of activities for the whole family, as there are other booths available that offer free health screenings, expert consultations, fitness demonstrations, interactive digestive health games, and even, a colouring contest for children.

If you want to learn more about how you can improve your digestive health, then mark your calendar and get your whole family to experience WDHD 2016 at Sunway Pyramid.


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