The way to a healthy heart

Cher will talk on the types of fats that are important to us and how we can attain those fats from local foods.

Cher will talk on the types of fats that are important to us and how we can attain those fats from local foods.

MANY people do not know if they have high cholesterol because there are usually no symptoms.

The common adage that prevention is better than cure rings true, and Nestle, in particular Nestle Omega Plus milk, is advocating that you practise early prevention to avoid being at risk of coronary heart disease.

Nestle Omega Plus milk contains Acticol, which are plant sterols that are scientifically proven to lower cholesterol by blocking bad cholesterol from entering the bloodstream.

Participants who will be attending the StarLIVE session on May 14 can look forward to a hearty morning as speaker and Nestle Products Sdn Bhd Corporate Wellness manager Cher Siew Wei will talk on how to eat your way to a healthy heart.

Cher, who is a trained dietician and now a nutritionist at Nestle, explained that she wants to share simpler ways on how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

“Many have the knowledge, but it matters more if they actually apply or put into practice what they have learnt.

“In this session, I want to share practical tips on improving heart health and preventing heart diseases through healthy lifestyle habits like having a balanced diet and exercising.

“I also want to talk about the types of fats that are important to us and how we can attain those fats from local foods because foods like cod fish are expensive,” she said.

Cher pointed out that she would not overload participants with too much information because one needs to be realistic when it comes to changing a habit.

“We need to do one thing at a time. People also need to understand themselves well and follow their own pace when changing a habit. It will be difficult to achieve their goals if they are overwhelmed,” she added.

Factors that increase the risk of coronary heart disease are divided into modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors.

Modifiable factors include unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, alcohol abuse, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol while the non-modifiable group consist of family history, gender and age.

Cher shared an alarming issue that the age group is becoming younger and younger.

“A cardiologist at IJN once told me that his youngest patient was eight years old. People’s perception is that those in their 50s or 60s are at a higher risk, but now even young ones are getting it,” she said, adding that factors contributing to this include children emulating the lifestyle or eating habits of their parents.

Nestle will be conducting cholesterol checks at the session so participants can better understand their lipid profile – good cholesterol (HDL) versus bad cholesterol (LDL), as higher levels of LDL raises the risk of heart disease.

Participants will also learn how to measure their waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) for early awareness as obesity could be a contributing factor too.

Cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer in Malaysia, according to Cher.

Besides looking forward to a lively and engaging interaction with participants at StarLIVE, Cher also hopes that they will become ambassadors to advocate and promote healthy eating habits in lowering risks for high cholesterol and heart diseases.

Nestle’s initiatives in engaging with their customers, including the talks given at StarLIVE sessions, are based on the company’s business philosophy of Creating Shared Value (CSV).

CSV is a fundamental part in the company’s way of doing business, bringing added value to the communities in which it has a presence by focusing on three core areas: nutrition, water & environment and rural development.

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