More than 13,500 people including tourists have visited ‘Kulluna for a Healthy Heart’ campaign booths at City Center Doha and The Mall since its re-launch on 27 June.
Introduced in April 2013 by Hamad Medical Corporation’s Hamad International Training Center (HITC), and supported by its founding sponsor ConocoPhillips Qatar, the campaign aims to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, its prevention, available treatments and lifestyle changes that promote heart health with Qatari residents. The campaign has again gained massive attention and support from the public.
At the stands, visitors are invited to complete a free heath checkthat includes tests for blood cholesterol, blood sugar, height, weight, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). Trained staff also discusses risk factors for developing coronary artery diseases and offers medical consultations once the test results are evaluated.
In addition to the health checks, visitors are also given booklets on how to have a healthy heart and also healthy fasting. The healthy heart booklet provides important information on maintaining a healthy heart as well as highlights the role of individuals in reducing their risks for developing heart-related diseases.
The booklets, available at mosques, Landmark Mall, City Center Doha and at The Mall give tips on healthy fasting, its benefits and the side effects of overeating. Kulluna has already distributed over 16,000 healthy heart booklets and 19,000 healthy fasting booklets.
Dr. Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen,Director of Hamad International Training Centre and Chairman of Kulluna said: “We have received tremendous support this year for our healthy heart campaign. We are receiving visitors between the age of 16-70 years and it’s very pleasing to see people being so active and involved with their health. The statistics collected up till now show that out of the 13,500 visitors, 25% have high blood pressure, 30% have high cholesterol, 15% have high blood sugar and at least 50% of the visitors had a BMI indicative of being overweight.”
“Our staff members at all the stands have shown exemplary commitment and motivation during the campaign and this is a testament to the team work and quality of the initiative by Kulluna and ConocoPhillips. We are anticipating more visitors by the end of Ramadan and look forward to providing this valuable service to the people of Qatar,” he added.