SHF-Unimas research initiative commended

Taib (third left) leading thousands to Walk-a-Mile to commemorate World Heart Day 2018 at Saradise BDC yesterday.

KUCHING: The Sarawak Heart Foundation (SHF) is praised for collaborating with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) to carry out research on obesity among pre-school children following the increasing trend in childhood obesity.

Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the foundation had started something very noble by working on this research with Unimas to fight against heart diseases.

He said SHF’s primary objective is to create awareness among the people of keeping our heart strong and healthy.

Taib (fourth left), flanked by Dr Sim (third left) and others, releases the WHD red heart shaped balloons into the air to launch the World Heart Day 2018.

“This trend (obesity) normally was not quite common in the early days but it is getting more common now because of our lifestyles.

“The SHF is doing the right thing working on this research and this is where the corporate entities can help the society fight against heart disease as their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

“I encourage all of you to start picking up the habit and learn more about cardiovascular diseases. It is important to live a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet to reduce the risk of heart disease,” said Taib in his speech during the launching of the World Heart Day ‘Walk-a-Mile’ at Saradise BDC yesterday.

He added that increasing  physical activities not only helps to reduce the risk of heart disease but also improves balanced coordination, prevents sickness, reduces stress and anxieties.

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“It sounds contradictory as we become more and more organised in our city life as our population gets bigger.

“Essentially, exercises should never be a chore if you try something and don’t enjoy it … if you don’t enjoy it, try something else but try to do some kind of activities together and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“Besides, it is also important to go for regular health screening for chronic diseases and not wait for signs and symptoms to appear. It may be too late if you don’t keep this in mind. We all know we must get out of our sedentary lifestyle and get involved in activities that are good for our heart,” he advised.

The World Heart Day (WHD) ‘Walk-a-Mile’ was organised by the Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) in collaboration with SHF and attracted more than 2,000 participants. It is an annual event celebrated throughout the world.

Among the activities held yesterday was free health screening for participants of the WHD 2018.

In Sarawak, World Heart Day ‘Walk-a-Mile’ has been celebrated for the last 20 years.

Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, who is also the organising chairman for the World Heart Day 2018 and a member of the Board of Trustees of SHF, said the event themed ‘My Heart, Your Heart’ is to celebrate and connect people to make a promise as an individual to be active in promoting this awareness.

“WHD is a global event that sees individuals, families, communities, organisations and governments around the world taking part in activities to take charge of their health and that of others,” he said.

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Among the dignitaries who were present at the celebration were Datuk Bandar of DBKU Datuk Abang Wahap Abang Julai, Sabati members and members of Board of Trustees of SHF.

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