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PIA Press Release
2009/02/21

"HL to the MAX" launched in Benguet

by SC Aro

La Trinidad, Benguet (21 February) -- The region joined the simultaneous launching of the Healthy Lifestyle (HL) to the MAX last February 16, 2009 attended by representatives from the various national line agencies institutions, some local government units and volunteer health workers. The HL to the MAX focuses on the prevention of risk factors that give rise to the incidence of chronic diseases.

Department of Health - Manila Human Resources Development Bureau Director Kenneth Ronquillo, who was the Keynote Speaker, during the regional launching of HL to the MAX in this town called on everyone in the strong fight against chronic diseases to join in the advocacy to save lives by empowering people to live a healthy lifestyle and ensure the opportunities to take in the prevention aspect.

The chronic diseases categorized as non-communicable are cardio-vascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes which according to DOH are now considered as global epidemic.

Ronquillo said the public should be informed of the benefits of healthy lifestyle and what they can do to live healthier underscoring the seven vital healthy practices carrying the messages as follows: no smoking; don't drink alcohol; no to illegal drugs; eat low-fat, low salt, high fiber diet; prevent hypertension; do physical activity; and manage stress.

Highlighting the regional launching of HL to the MAX were Aero-Ethnic Hataw exercises, recognition of the first batch of the coalition members, signing of commitment of agency heads and representatives, and the installation of mini-booth on health and nutrition.

In strengthening the collaboration of DOH with agencies and other organizations, Center for Health and Development -CAR Director Myrna Cabotaje said there are 17 groups from the national government agencies and the academe which compose the first batch of the coalition in the advocacy of HL to the MAX.

Stressing the role of everyone as agents of wellness in the people's health and well-being, Ronquillo said we should empower the people in the pursuit for better health to live a healthy lifestyle to the max. (PIA-Benguet) [top]

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