Dubbed the Sharing Positivity, Aspirations, Resources and Knowledge (SPARK), the programme aims to showcase influential speakers from every discipline to change the attitudes and lives of the people in the community.
This event saw a gathering of more than 700 students, staff and the community around Cyberjaya.
SPARK 2019 featured Azran Osman-Rani and Asha Gill who delivered two motivating talks at the CUCMS grand hall.
Azran, an entrepreneur who has spent more than 15 years building brands that provide the mass market with more affordable products and services, has recently turned his focus to health.
At his talk at SPARK 2019, he said: “Health is wealth”, and wants better health to be an attainable goal for all and to do this through digital therapeutics.
“I did a DNA analysis on myself several years ago and found that I have the obesity gene, hypertension gene and high-cholesterol gene — basically the all-in-one package.
“I know that I am not alone. I am a typical Malaysian example,” said Azran.
“The problem lies in the behaviour gap. When someone gets diagnosed by a doctor and told that he is diabetic, he is told to change his diet, manage his lifestyle, cut down on stress and take medications.
“But a whopping 74% of these people do not actually follow the advice. When they leave the hospital, there is no one stopping them from returning to their old lifestyles,” he added.
To solve this problem, Azran developed Naluri, a digital therapeutics service that assigns an individual to a professional health coach who will check in with him regularly online. The goal is to help users achieve better health outcomes by building the necessary mental resilience to cope with their specific health challenges.
Students were left with the impression that though life may pose many inevitable risks, it is how we learn to cope, adapt and make the most out of it that matters most.
Asha, television host turned life coach, is no stranger to the public eye. She has now
dedicated her life to improving the philosophies and teachings of the world that can be applied to an individual.
Asha’s talk, “Whatever You Think, You’re Right” talks about self-confidence and having the right mindset to champion through life.
“As human beings, we are wired to follow in what we think and what we believe,” she said.
Guests were also treated to a performance by Muhammad Shazril Aqif Mohd Anuwai, a second year student from the Faculty of Occupational Safety and Health.
He serenaded the audience with his own song compositions.
Second year business student Nazatul Aqira Mohamad Nor said Azran and Asha left a powerful impact on the audience.
“Listening to these two powerful speakers today made me realise that everything we do today will be a consequence of the future,” said second year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Nik Muhammad Nazren Nik Md Zarir.