THE Walk-A-Mile event, which is in its 14th year, has attracted more than 3,000 participants this time around.
Organised by Nestle Omega Plus and Heart Foundation of Malaysia (YJM), it saw participants gathering as early as 7am despite the worsening haze.
It was a multi-stakeholder collaborative effort to combat heart disease in the country as well as advocating a healthy heart among Malaysians.
Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd managing director Alois Hofbauer said the awareness on heart diseases was improving but the misconception that it affected only the older generation still persisted.
“Heart patients are getting younger. More and more Malaysians below 40 years old are at risk of heart attacks mainly due to poor eating habits and unhealthy lifestyle.
“Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer in the country and Malaysians must take accountability of their health as some of them are avoidable diseases.
“Health checks should be done regularly and we must check our diet,” he said in his opening speech during the launch of the event at Perdana Lake Garden.
Also present were Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, DBKL executive director (Project Operations and Implementations) Datuk Tan Keng Chok, YJM chairman Datuk Dr J.S. Sambhi and president Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, as well as National Heart Association Malaysia (NHAM) president Datuk Dr Rosli Mohd Ali.
Khairy, in his speech said Malaysia was far from being a fit nation as only 30% to 40% of Malaysians led an active lifestyle based on the ministry’s survey.
“Walk-A-Mile is a good platform to promote heart health and urge the people to exercise regularly.
“A majority of them lead a sedentary lifestyle but one can do much in improving their health,” he said.
The new Walk-A-Mile featured activities such as the limbo rock, tyre station and the balancing board.
Participants also received free health screenings by NHAM heart age checks as well as a variety of stage performances and free samples of the recently launched Nestle Omega Plus with Acticol.
At the end of the launch ceremony, Hofbauer presented a RM30,000 mock cheque from Nestle Omega Plus to YJM towards its continuous efforts to educate the public on heart matters.
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