RAK Hospital conducted a series of lectures on how to eat healthy during the month of Ramadan.
Organised every Thursday in coordination with the Department of civil services, the lectures came as part of the hospital’s drive to generate health awareness. The lectures were attended by people from all walks of life including government employees,
Dr Rajeev Lochan, head of the Cardiology Department, said the lectures informed people on the importance of proper eating and dietary patterns during Ramadan, and stressed on the four key areas of health concern — cardiac care, diabetic care and skin and hair care. A balanced diet would keep a person healthy and active during the month of Ramadan, he said.
Several experts were unanimous in underlining the importance of the holy month and observed that it was an ideal time to regulate one’s eating habits. Doctors recommended fasting since it has several health benefits.
“Fasting is very important for the obese and those who want to lose weight,” said a health expert. Participants were advised to break the fast with healthy food. Fruits are beneficial as they are good sources of vitamins and minerals.
Shamsa Al Belushi, a dietician, said that “the holy month of Ramadan could provide the much needed impetus for those wanting to give up on certain unhealthy habits such as smoking.”
Participants were handed out fliers containing tips on healthy eating during Ramadan.
According to the hospital management, as a follow-up to the lectures, the hospital is planning to launch a series of free blood pressure, blood sugar and BMI screenings across Ras Al Khaimah in conjunction with various government departments and corporates.