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DHA, Emirates Diabetes Society support ninth ’Beat Diabetes Walk'
November 11, 2017
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DUBAI: The Dubai Health Authority, DHA, and the Emirates Diabetes Society, EDS, have partnered with Dubai-based retail and hospitality conglomerate Landmark Group, for the ninth Beat Diabetes Walk to be held on Friday, 24th November, 2017, at Dubai Creek Park.

The Beat Diabetes Walk has been an annual feature of the Dubai fitness calendar, with thousands of Dubai residents coming forward to show their support for the cause.

Speaking on the association with the Landmark Group, Dr. Fatheya Al Awadi, Consultant Endocrinologist and Head of the Endocrine Department, Dubai Hospital, and Chairperson, Diabetes Combat and Control Committee, Dubai Health Authority, said, "A better quality of life starts with a positive mindset. We advocate this attitude, especially when it comes to diabetes where awareness is the key to managing this lifestyle condition. The Landmark Group's Beat Diabetes Walk is an important event that serves as a catalyst to bring together people from across diverse communities and encourages a healthy lifestyle with a sense of responsibility."

According to International Diabetes Federation, 415 million people around the world suffer from diabetes. In the Middle East and North Africa, MENA region, more than 35.4 million people live with this condition, and by 2040 this is expected to rise to 72.1 million. Until two years ago, there were over one million cases of diabetes in the UAE alone.

Announcing their participation, Dr. Abdulrazzaq Ali Al Madani, President of the Emirates Diabetes Society and the Chairman of the Gulf Group for Study of Diabetes, said, "Diabetes is one of the most pressing issues in the world today. Due to various factors, its prevalence in the Middle East is higher than many other countries. Our collaboration with the Beat Diabetes Walk has been centred on supporting diabetes care and creating awareness. Our team will be organising free check-ups on the day of the walk and we encourage participants to register themselves."

Renuka Jagtiani, Chairwoman and CEO of the Landmark Group, said, "We are proud to partner with Dubai Health Authority, Emirates Diabetes Society and Al Jalila Foundation to support the wellbeing of UAE's community with our 9th Beat Diabetes Walk.

"This is a movement that raises awareness, encouraging our community to live a healthy and active life."

The Beat Diabetes Walk will span approximately three kilometres. Following the walk, participants can opt to check their blood sugar ranges at the free blood glucose testing kiosks, and participate in a host of complimentary activities.

Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research, has also come forward to support this year's Beat Diabetes Walk.

Registrations for the ninth annual Beat Diabetes Walk can be completed online at www.beatdiabetes.me until 18th November, 2017.

WAM

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