SIBU: Heart disease has been the number one killer in the country for the past three years.
Wife of the Chief Minister, Tan Sri Jamilah Anu in speaking at the launching of Sibu Heart Week yesterday said worldwide 17.5 million lives are claimed by the world’s largest killer - heart attack and stroke.
Jamilah, who is also a member of the Board of Trustee of Sarawak Heart Foundation said that smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy food intake and stresses are some of the over-riding factos in our so-called modern way of living which have and are continuing to impact in an adverse manner the health of our heart with dire consequences.
“Resulting disease such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity can lead to illnesses, hospitalisation and death, predominantly from cardiovascular cause,” she added.
She said children who are future leaders and pillars of the nation are therefore urged to practice a healthy lifestyle.
Parents, she said must also play their part as they have a great influence over the diet and lifestyle of their children from a very young age.
Responsible parents and adults, she added must practice a healthy lifestyle, not just for their own wellbeing but for their loved ones.
“Healthy lifestyles are not hard to achieve. In simple term it is just eating healthily, exercise and stay away from harmful substances such as cigarette,” she advised.
On the three-day event which is organised by the Foundation, she hoped with greater public awareness, cardiovascular disease that has been on the rise over the years in the state could be reduced.
Earlier, Jamilar visited the Agape Centre which is a place for mentally challenged children.
She was welcomed by the centre chairman, Datuk Tiong Thai King, community leader, Kapitan Janet Lau, Special Olympic Sibu chapter chairman Jason Tai and others.