‘Dance with Diabetes’ event to promote an active life

(From right, first row) Tean, Koh, Zairil and Dr Farzaana together with guests taking part in a stretching session after the press conference.

IN CONJUNCTION with World Diabetes Day 2019, Penang Adventist Hospital is organising a ‘Dance with Diabetes’ event.

It will take place on Nov 17 from 8am to noon at Straits Quay in Tanjung Tokong and will focus on family support in line with the theme ‘The Family and Diabetes’ by International Diabetes Federation.

Penang Adventist Hospital chief executive officer Ronald Koh said the event aimed to promote an active and healthy lifestyle for everyone, including diabetics.

“According to the statistics by World Health Organisation, in the West Pacific region which includes Malaysia, 159 million people suffer from the disease and the number is expected to rise to 183 million by 2045.

“Dancing is a joyful exercise which helps to boost positivity.

“Participants can join our activities like aerobic dance, Zumba dance and cardio fitness dance with a registration fee of RM10, ” he said during a press conference at the hospital.

“They can also expect attractive goodies bags with e-certificate on top of a lucky draw offering delightful prizes, ” he added.

Koh said visitors could also take part in health screenings and interactive games.

“The public can gain valuable insight from our nutritionists through a diabetic-friendly cooking demonstration.

“We are grateful the state government will be providing foot assessment on that day, which is an important aspect for diabetics.

“We encourage the public to bring along their family members.”

Those interested can register online via https://howei.com/event_details/worlddiabetesday2019 or go to the hospital in Burmah Road.

State exco member Zairil Khir Johari said long-term complications of diabetes include heart disease, strokes, diabetic retinopathy which can result in blindness, kidney failure and poor blood flow.

“World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus and it is held on Nov 14 every year.”

Zairil said the Malaysian government had been taking diabetes and obesity seriously through the implementation of the new sugar tax effective from July 1 this year.

“Diabetes is very much preventable by changing our lifestyles.”

Also present were hospital chief operating officer Dr Thomas Tean, Penang Health Department non-communicable diseases centre director Dr Farzaana Adam and Diabetes Malaysia of Penang branch chairman Dr Dicky Ng.

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