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Families urged to lead an active life
By Imran Mojib November 27, 2017
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RAS AL KHAIMAH: The essential importance of an active lifestyle, nutritious diet and good health was reinforced among hundreds of youngsters, adults and elderly at the RAK Hospital’s annual “Live Healthy Carnival.”

The fun-filled fair, aimed at motivating families to adopt habits that encourage healthier living, was a timely reminder just a day ahead of World Anti-Obesity Day, to follow an active lifestyle for maximum productivity and happiness. The lively Carnival saw complete and wholesome participation of families featuring an intensive and grilling health quiz contest for school-going children, magic show and an imaginative fashion show, among other activities.

Participants witnessed a fierce battle of intellect and wit during the quiz competition that featured six schools in Ras Al Khaimah selected after an elimination round among 220 initial registrations. Indian School, Ras Al Khaimah and Indian Public School, Ras Al Khaimah won the coveted first prizes in two different categories.

Children also had fun dressing up to walk the ramp in a colourful fashion show that saw Emirati girl Fatima and Filipino boy Joakim titled, RAK Healthy Prince and RAK Healthy Princess.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Raza Siddiqui, CEO, Arabian Healthcare Group, and Executive Director, RAK Hospital, said that habits are hard to break, it’s essential that  kids should be to follow a healthy lifestyle from the very beginning.

“The message needs to spread far and wide, and in this regard, we feel that we have made a difference in the lives of many who attended the carnival today.

“We hope that the message will continue to pass on from one person to another, and eventually families as a whole will learn to adopt good habits of eating, sleeping and exercise. We understand that it’s not an easy task, but remember that change comes from within, and that is what we should focus on,” he said.

Parents, too, took stock of their diabetic health at the Carnival, with RAK Hospital’s Blue Ring Challenge that drove the message of regular exercise to manage the rising blood sugar levels. RAK Hospital and Dubai’s RAK Diabetes Centre have also launched a massive campaign to beat diabetes, offering comprehensive screening for just Dh1. The Hospital will also donate Dhs1 for every registration for the screening.

Dr Jean Marc Gauer, RAK Hospital CEO, said that it is parents’ duty to help children evaluate choices of food and activity.

“With the ‘Live Healthy Carnival’, we want the kids to start taking the initiative themselves so that they can be the role-models for their parents. Sometimes, we need to be taught things from a different perspective which can be far more effective. Moreover, if we make activities such as grocery shopping, outdoor sports and mealtimes a family affair, it will help children connect better with a healthier lifestyle and add fun element to it.”

As per a recent Global Burden of Disease study, obesity-related metabolic risks continue to be the biggest contributing factor of death and disease in the UAE, while diabetes is still among the top causes of premature death. The report also predicts that healthcare spending in the UAE will be more than double to $47.5 billion by 2040.

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