IN A bid to combat diabetes, Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) is challenging the public to live a healthy lifestyle by walking 10,000 steps a day.
SJMC recently launched its diabetes awareness campaign, “Walk To Prevent Diabetes”, which will run for one week ending tomorrow.
“We decided to launch this campaign in conjunction with World Diabetes Day on Nov 14 as our contribution to the fight against diabetes,” said SJMC chief executive officer Dr Vasuhi Murugiah.
“With this campaign, we aim to raise awareness on diabetes and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle — not just among our staff, but the public as well,” she said.
The campaign was launched at the SJMC Outpatient Centre lobby with an energetic flashmob performance by dancers dressed in uniforms to represent the hospital’s various departments.
Anyone can participate in the “10,000 Steps Challenge” by recording the number of steps taken in a day on a selected smartphone pedometer application approved by SJMC.
Participants must record a total of 10,000 steps in a single 24-hour period on a free mobile app called Accupedo Pedometer and present their records at the organiser’s desk at the SJMC Outpatient Centre lobby between 9am and 10am on Saturday.
According to Dr Vasuhi, taking 10,000 steps in a single day is no walk in the park for the average person as most people take an average of about 6,000 steps a day.
“To be able to take 10,000 steps in one day, one can be considered ‘moderately active’. But having an active lifestyle is the key to preventing diabetes and obesity among other diseases,” said Vasuhi.
“Simple changes to our lifestyle such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, choosing to walk instead of driving to nearby shops or even parking your car at the far end of the parking lot can bring us closer to achieving that goal,” she added.
The first 100 participants to present their records on Saturday will be given certificates while the first 50 participants stand to win prizes. Ten prizes worth a total of RM5,000 will be given away exclusively to diabetic participants.
In relation to the diabetes awareness campaign, SJMC will also be providing free health and foot sensitivity checks and dietary advice for the public tomorrow and Saturday.