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PIA Press Release
2009/02/09

DOH promotes healthy lifestyle to the max

Tuguegarao City (9 February) -- The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) is advocating healthy lifestyle in response to the government's goal for the next 2 years to be supportive to Healthy Lifestyle program.

With the theme: "Healthy Lifestyle to the MAX", the DOH will celebrate heart month highlighting the seven healthy practices such as No Smoking; No to Alcohol; No to Illegal Drugs; Low Fat, Low Salt, High Fiber Diet; Hypertension Prevention; Do Physical Activities and Stress Management.

Dr. Elsie Pitucan, Medical Specialist II, said they have launched the campaign for healthy lifestyle to raise consciousness on the different risk factor for developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes.

The campaign will motivate people to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle through counseling and treatment intervention programs and to reduce people on the proper ways to maintain good health and sanitation.

The Doctor also encouraged politicians, media practitioners and stakeholders to help in the advocacy and to provide the people with an environment supportive to healthy lifestyle.

One major event during the activity is the 'hataw' exercise and jingle contest that lead to the prevention of non-communicable diseases. The hataw exercise will be participated by employees from the different line agencies, non-government organizations, the academe and other groups.

In the promotion of the healthy practices, Pintucan said the Local Government Units have been supportive in the passing ordinances against cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking and illegal drugs but the problem lies on the soft implementation of the laws.

However, she said they continually advocate the programs in creating awareness and education to the public to the adverse effect of the unhealthy lifestyle. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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