"PILIPINAS Go4Health," the national healthy lifestyle movement, was launched by the Department of Health (DOH) on June 6, 2013, to help prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Philippines. Preventable NCDs are rising mainly due to lack of regular exercise, improper diet, and excessive drinking and smoking.
The movement will inform the youth and adults on healthy habits and lifestyle, focusing on four key health habits: Go Sigla, which urges physical activity; Go Sustansya, for proper nutrition; Go Smoke-Free and Go Slow sa Tagay, for prevention or cessation of smoking and use of alcohol.
Regular exercise, the DOH said, is important because a sedentary lifestyle may lead to increased risk for heart ailments, diabetes, obesity, and even depression and anxiety. Maintaining a proper diet means more vegetables and fruits, and less meat, processed foods, salt, and sugar. The government advises Filipinos to follow the nutritional guidelines for good health and proper nutrition, such as eating a variety of foods daily; consuming fish, lean meat, poultry, or dried beans; breastfeeding infants; using iodized salt; and eating more vegetables, fruits, and root crops.
Many cities and municipalities have developed their own healthy lifestyle programs highlighting the importance of physical activities. Local governments provide free group exercise classes in public parks and open spaces. They focus on good nutrition and proper diet and work with private sector for activities such as cooking demonstrations that teach mothers what to serve to children. Most public schools have transformed their yards into vegetable gardens.
We congratulate the Department of Health, headed by Secretary Dr. Enrique T. Ona, Undersecretaries Dr. David J. Lozada Jr., Dr. Nemesio T. Gako, Dr. Teodoro J. Herbosa, and Dr. Madeleine R. Valera, other Officers and Personnel, in their concerted efforts to promote and protect the wellbeing of Filipinos by encouraging them to adopt a healthy lifestyle in the Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!