Top endocrinologists, fitness advocates, and brand partners gathered last August 12, 2016 to advocate for diabetes awareness with the theme “Sweet Escape: Hataw Galaw Sayaw sa Kalusugan” event at Fishermall.
Thanks to Friendly Alliances and Media Expressions (FAME) Inc., publisher of DiabetEASE magazine for its non-stop advocacy in empowering patients with diabetes and their families on pertinent information on how to control diabetes and its complications.
Every year they hold diabetes awareness activity to promote a healthy lifestyle and alleviate the burden of the said disease.
Did you know that according to The World Health Organization (WHO) there are 422 million people with diabetes in 2014. Its prevalence is rapidly increasing middle- and low-income countries. Sadly, the Philippines is included as one of the ‘hot spots’ in Southeast Asia where the prevalence of diabetes is alarmingly increasing.
In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes alone. One out of 10 adult will likely have diabetes by 2030. This data alarms experts on the possible effect of the disease to the world population, if aggressive campaign to inform the lay about it will not be heightened.
The press conference was graced by Dr. Augusto D. Litonjua, acknowledged by the medical community as the Father of Philippine Endocrinology and currently the President of the Philippine Center for Diabetes Education Foundation (PCDEF), Inc.;
According to him we must resists the (3) three Ka (Katakawan, Katamaran at Katabaan) to avoid having Diabetes. We Filipinos are usually afraid of dengue, HIV and AIDS when in fact, that more Filipinos die because of Diabetes.
DiabetEASE magazine’s editor-in-chief Dr. Arabelle Joy C. Fontanilla, also one of the country’s respected endocrinologists, talked about the magazine’s advocacy on diabetes awareness. She warned that those people with family history, smokers and with hypertensions are at risk in getting the disease.
The whole-day event was highlighted by Sweet Escape’s first-ever Hataw Na! Urban Dance Competition, which was participated by several universities and colleges in and outside Metro Manila:
- Bulacan State University
- Taguig City University
- University of Makati
- AMA Makati
- Centro Escolar University
- ICCT Colleges Cainta
- PATTS College of Aeronautics
- STI Caloocan
The competition aimed to promote the benefits of engaging in more active physical activity among the youth as they dance diabetes away and embrace a healthy lifestyle.
Sweet Escape: Hataw Na! was made possible by brand partners including Omizu, Walter Bread, Corbridge, Diamond Laboratories, Bewell, Novuhair, C-Lium Fiber, Jimm’s Coffee, Marca Leon, and Slepwell.
Credit: This post was published by Joy Priginal for Just Buzzin’ Around