WHAT is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of ways to lead a healthy lifestyle?
For most Malaysians, it is physical fitness, either by exercising more or eating healthier.
But what about mental wellness? Mental health influences your emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how you think, feel and act, helping to determine how you react to stress, relate to other people and make choices in life.
When it comes to getting fit and losing weight, most people tend to ignore this aspect. But physical and mental health are interrelated and equally important to your overall health.
Poor physical health can lead to increased risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, poor mental health can negatively impact your physical health and lead to feelings of sadness, stress and anxiety.
The 2015 National Health Morbidity Survey (NHMS) reveals that 4.2 million Malaysians aged 16 and above are struggling with mental health issues, up from 11.2% in 2006.
In another finding by the Mental Health Foundation UK, depression has been linked to a 67% increased risk of death from heart disease and a 50% increased risk of death from cancer.
Great Eastern Life is the exclusive event partner for the sixth consecutive year of The Star’s FitForLife, the country’s biggest health and wellness fair that encourages Malaysians to embrace a holistic approach to health.
Great Eastern Life believes that healthy living is not just about physical fitness and good dietary habits, but also mental health, emotional well-being and financial wellness.
At this year’s FitForLife KL 2017, the activities are designed to demonstrate the many ways in which one can live great holistically.
At the Great Eastern Pavilion at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur, there are interactive workouts via virtual reality games of the Great VR Challenge, fun sport activities in Live Great Skating, and adrenaline-pumping activities like the Great Wall Challenge.
Those looking for a quick re-charge for the skin can try the Express Skin Pampering session by Kose, in addition to many other exclusive promotions and giveaways.
The Great VR Challenge has games with problem solving, memory or puzzle components that help improve cognitive functioning in older players and keep their mental faculties sharp as they age, while fast-paced games can support their ability to process information and make decisions faster.
Live Great Skating is an excellent way to enjoy a great cardio workout. Skating regularly can help improve your balance, exercise your joints and muscles, increase endurance, manage weight, and build self-confidence.
Financial wellness is also an important factor that most people neglect. It has a knock-on effect on mental and physical wellness and is vital to ensuring overall well-being.
Learn how you can achieve financial wellness through better and more strategic management of your savings, investments and protection by having a conversation with our Live Great advisers.
FitForLife KL 2017 is championed by Great Eastern Life as part of its Live Great Programme, the first integrated health and wellness programme by an insurance company in the region to inspire and empower customers on their journey towards living healthier and better.
This holistic programme is designed to inspire more people to take ownership of their health and keep them motivated.
It actively supports and empowers Malaysians to live great in every way, and comprises five components – Wellness Tools, Health Tips, Mobile Apps, Workshops and Events, and Exclusive Privileges.
FitForLife KL 2017 with the theme “Get Fit. Live Great!” is to inspire Malaysians to lead a healthy lifestyle by being physically and mentally fit. FitForLife KL 2017 is organised by Star Media Group Berhad with Great Eastern Life as exclusive event partner.
Nestlé Omega Plus is the official wellness sponsor.
The fair will be held in Halls 1 to 3 of the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre from April 21 to 23. It is open from 10am to 7pm and admission is free.
For enquiries, call 03-79671388 (ext 1529/1243/1466) or visit us www.facebook.com/starhealthfair