Now in its fifth year, Walk for Life has encouraged over 45,000 people to join in and consider the role of regular exercise in a healthy lifestyle. More than 15,000 are expected to attend the fun-filled family event again this year.
According to Dr Maha Taysir Barakat, ICLDC’s Medical and Research Director and Consultant Endocrinologist, exercise is known to contribute enormous benefits to health.
“A sedentary lifestyle and a poorly-balanced diet are likely to lead to excess body weight which in turn can eventually manifest as type 2 diabetes,” she said.
Dr Maha confirmed that it is possible to manage and even prevent diabetes by adopting a balanced diet and taking regular exercise, such as a brisk walk each day.
Meanwhile, Daman’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Michael Bitzer said that Daman continues to support public awareness initiatives as part of the company’s on-going commitment to the health and wellbeing of the UAE.
“We remain firmly behind Walk for Life as year after year it draws the attention of the nation to the importance of regular exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle practice,” Dr Bitzer said.
Walk for Life is part of ICLDC’s award-winning public health awareness campaign, ‘Diabetes-Knowledge-Action’.
This year, the afternoon of interactive family entertainment – including fun fitness activities, musical acts, drumming and more – kicks off at 3pm on November 25. The Walk starts at 5pm.
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