Gov leads launching of "HL to the Max" in Sultan Kudarat
by Andrew Hornales
Koronadal City (20 February) -- No less than but Governor Teng Mangudadatu led the provincial government employees in simultaneous launching of the "Healthy Lifestyle to the Max" on Monday, February 16, 2009.
"HL to the Max" is the new branding campaign of the Department of Health (DOH) to focus on the prevention and control of health risks that give rise to the prevalence of 4 most prominent Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and the promotion of healthy lifestyle as well.
Governor Mangudadatu, in his message, urged the participation of all stakeholders to maintain a healthy lifestyle emphasizing the importance of a balance diet and regular exercise.
The young and dynamic governor noted that men and women under 60 years old are mostly affected with the global epidemic which includes cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.
We can mitigate NCDs if we are to maintain proper nutrition and adopt a healthful lifestyle, Governor Mangudadatu further disclosed.
Healthy lifestyle is the core message of the campaign that highlights 7 healthy practices such as: No Smoking; Don't Drink Alcohol; No To Dangerous Drugs; Eat Low-Fat, Low Salt, High Fiber Diet; Prevent Hypertension Do Physical Activity And Manage Stress.
In a report from the Provincial Health Office (PHO), it was noted that lifestyle-related ailments like hypertension, cancer, renal/kidney diseases, coronary diseases and diabetes were the leading causes of mortality in Sultan Kudarat for the year 2008.
Moreover, healthy lifestyle campaign also supports Governor Mangudadatu's reactivation of "HATAW" exercise as a result of the Strategic Planning Workshop.
Participants during the launching of the "HL to the Max" in Sultan Kudarat were Ladies' Circle President Madam Bai Mariam Mangudadatu, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members, government employees and national and local health workers. (PPDO-Sultan Kudarat/PIA 12) [top]