Anti-obesity plan works wonders on school teachers

FUJAIRAH — Obesity is one of the factors of health which has been a cause of concern world-wide. It is one of the major causes for diabetes, heart ailments and high blood pressure, and according to statistics, around $60 billion is spent annually on treatment of diabetes alone.

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Published: Fri 1 Jul 2005, 11:27 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:41 PM

To overcome this serious health hazard, the Fujairah Murbih Health Centre (MHC) has chalked out a promising programme to combat obesity among school teachers in Murbih district.

In all, 57 persons participated in the programme, which proved successful, encouraging 21 other Fujairah schools to take part. The results of the 57 participants was very encouraging with most of them losing 12 to 13 kg in just 70 days.

Dr Raafat Hussein, Director of the Preliminary Health Care in Fujairah, said the idea first occurred to Dr Aisha Abdullah, Director of MHC, who put it up as a proposal after her return from a Gulf conference on health. During the conference, she was stunned by the shocking figures reported regarding numerous diseases caused by obesity. This triggered the launch of the awareness programme on healthy food and the vital importance of fighting obesity.

Dr Aisha said she had meticulously planned, reviewed and applied modern methods in this regard, and brought out a brochure on obesity. It dealt with the harmful effects, how to defeat obesity, advantages of optimum weight, healthy food diet, besides giving a schedule for six healthy meals. A time-table for weekly exercises and follow-up of weight and fat was also part of the brochure, she said.

The programme started with Murbih school employees and members of MHC, with participation by 57 persons from different nationalities including UAE nationals, Arabs and Asians. A follow-up was carried out every fortnight.

Each participant had to go through an interview, and was given a pamphlet explaining everything in detail regarding the programme, the food and exercises, especially to tone up stomach muscles, she said, adding that 25 of the 57 participants remained till the end of the programme (70 days) and reported weight loss of 12 to 13 kg. Subsequently, 21 schools expressed their desire to join in.

“We opted to improve health standards in Fujairah and present distinguished health services to the citizens and residents alike. The Ministry always adopts positive projects, which target the needs and aspirations of society,” Ahmad Al Khadeem, Administration Deputy Director for Fujairah Health Zone, asserted.

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