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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DOH names Belly Gud for Health winners in Bicol

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 18 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) Bicol has recently awarded the Top 18 winners from 112 challengers all over the region for the Belly Gud for Health Challenge at the Albay Astrodome here

“In the effort to promote and protect the health of the people, the Department of Health through the Non-communicable Disease Prevention and Control Program (NCDPC) has conceptualized the “Belly Gud for Health”, which is a waist reduction program targeting health personnel and other personnel from the different government agencies with High Waist Circumferences (HWC) of more than 80 cms for females and more than 90 cm for males,” DOH NCDPC Bicol head Dr. Evy R. Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento added that the said program aims to reduce the HWCs close or back to their desired HWCs to be done in six months starting February 26 to August 26, 2015 through healthy lifestyle interventions that include proper nutrition, regular physical activities, and other healthy lifestyle interventions as recommended by their support health teams.

Notching the top spot is Henry Prestado of Bicol Medical Center (BMC) losing 24.05cms HWC from 145.5 cm to 11.5 cm followed by Hermes Cirujales Jr  as the 1st runner-up with 23.40 cm and  Dolores Villanueva, 3rd runner up, with 21.87cm both from Sorsogon provincial health office (PHO).

The grand winners received P50, 000, P40,000 and P30,000 respectively.

Top 15 winners were also chosen to receive P2000 each. All winners received certificate of recognitions and tokens.

Making it to the Top 15 are Jopete Khadaffy Oliver (BMC), Jefferson Achilles Prescilla (BRTTH), Marieta Sadia (BMC),Tara Ozelie Rogando (BMC), Dianne Rose Antes(Sorsogon PHO), Retzi Roman (Ziga Memorial District Hospital), Teresa Bausa(LGU Daraga), Teresita Biron(Pag-asa National High School), Angelica Penillos(BIR), Precious Ann Borja, Rosemarie Nabor(DPWH), Edgar Abiera(PNHS), Ma. Elena Decano(DPWH), P.Supt. Roque Arcos Bausa (CSO) and Marie Elsbeth Dionisio(BMC).

DOH Bicol director Dr. Emilia Monicimpo expressed her gratitude to all the agencies and health partners in getting involved on the promotion of the healthy lifestyle, specifically the full participation of the challengers for the said six months program.

Healthy lifestyle celebrity enthusiast Jackie Lou Blanco graced the event sharing tips on how to take care of one’s health noting the importance of balanced diet, proper exercise and diet and happy disposition in life to stay fit and healthy.

“Age gracefully. Embrace your age and do not worry too much. Always look forward. Be hopeful. Being positive is important in this world where there are indeed lots of stressors,” she said.

The recognition and awarding ceremony of the Belly Gud for Health highlights the celebration of the Obesity Prevention Awareness Week on September 7-11, 2015.

“The waist circumference (WC) is a simple and easy measure of central obesity among adults and a significant indicator for potential risk for non-communicable diseases particularly heart disease and stroke,” Sarmnineto said.

The Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) are considered a major public health concern worldwide. They account for 60 per cent of total deaths globally, and contribute to 40 per cent of universal disease burden annually.

It is projected that if no action is done in the present, these rates would increase to as high as 73 per cent to total deaths and 60 per cent to disease burden respectively by 2020.

The prevalence of NCD continues to rise in the Philippines and therefore promoting healthy lifestyle is very necessary and relevant as ever,” Sarmineto stressed.

In Bicol Region, hypertension is the second leading cause of morbidity in 2012, and eight (8) out of ten (10) causes of mortality in 2012 included diseases of the heart, cerebrovascular diseases, traumas/injuries, hypertension, neoplasms or cancer, kidney diseases, diabetes, and asthma, which are all associated to unhealthy lifestyle.

The costly diagnostic and lifetime treatment of these illnesses render families of patients live beyond the poverty line. With the remarkable increasing lifestyle related diseases in the Philippines, this result to decrease productivity and economic growth retardation in the country.(MAL/SAA/DOH5/PIA5/Albay)

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