THE Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Northern Mindanao kicked off recently the revitalized healthy lifestyle campaign dubbed “HL to the Max.”
The DOH has officially bared its bid for the National HL Awards 2012.
On September 23, a simultaneous walk and Hataw sa Northern Mindanao will serve as the highlight of the region’s entry. It will be participated by the cities of Cagayan de Oro, El Salvador, Malaybalay, Valencia, Ozamiz, Oroquieta, Tangub, and Mambajao in Camiguin.
Hataw is a physical activity guide approved by the health department.
This year, dancers will do the new Hataw exercise developed by the UP College of Human Kinetics for Filipinos.
Other initiatives undertaken include series of healthy lifestyle orientation around the region targeting national government agencies, colleges and universities.
The same information drive will also be initiated in print, television and radio.
The campaign is designed to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 2015 target by way of raising people’s consciousness on healthy lifestyle habits that can prevent and control risk factors in developing non-communicable diseases, as well as to encourage politicians to provide environment support to healthy lifestyle.
DOH-X assistant regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr. admitted that while infectious diseases in the country was not fully illuminated though significantly minimized, records in the region showed an increase in the number of non-infectious diseases such as heart problems, cancer and diabetes mellitus.
“This trend shows the double burden of diseases in the Philippine Public Health System. The hope here is that we can still control or delay the complications of these diseases. What’s important is for the people to take care of their bodies,” Llacuna said.
With this, he cited the need to follow the seven healthy lifestyle habits – avoid smoking, alcohol and illegal drugs; low salt, low fat, high fiber diet; prevent hypertension; doing physical activity; and good stress management. (PIA)