SIBU: The Sarawak Heart Foundation (SHF) together with its national body will jointly organise the Sibu Heart Week to increase public awareness of heart diseases.
A member of the SHF Board of Trustees, Eric Lim Swee Khoon, said the event would take place from 10am to 9pm daily from March 20 to 22 at Star Mega Mall here.
SHF, he said, had been organising similar events in different divisions of the state for the past few years.
“The campaign is also aimed at teaching the public on the aspects of heart illness, its prevention and control. It is also to expose the public, especially teenagers, to early prevention against heart illness,” he added.
During the three-day event, members of the public will have the opportunity to undergo free daily health screening, which includes checking of body mass index, blood glucose, cholesterol level as well as health counselling, by medical personnel.
“We wish to advise members of the public who intend to do the health screening to fast for at least six hours before the finger prick blood test screening in order to get a more accurate result,” he said.
Lim said there was also a blood donation on March 21 from 9.30am to 2pm at the same venue.
A free public health talk entitled “Atherosclerosis and Ischaemic Heart Disease” will be delivered by a doctor from Sibu Hospital at 3pm on March 21.
Besides that there is also a demonstration of healthy cooking for the heart from 4pm on the same day.
Other activities include mini-fun games and demonstration of physical activities like zumba, aerobic, belly dance, flash mob and fun modern dance.