Hundreds of residents walk for healthy heart

Hundreds of residents walk for healthy heart

Abu Dhabi - Medical experts said the rising number of cardiovascular diseases, especially among youngsters, was due to lack of exercise.



By Ashwani Kumar

Published: Fri 29 Mar 2019, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 31 Mar 2019, 9:46 AM

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack and stroke, are the leading causes of deaths in the world. In a bid to create awareness about heart problems and importance of heathy lifestyle, Al Ain Municipality, Al Ain Police, Al Ain Football Club and Burjeel Royal Hospital Al Ain organised a 3km 'Walk for Heart' event with participation from hundreds of residents.
Al Ain Football Club fans association manager Ahmed Al Kaabi, who inaugurated the walkathon at Al Jahili Park, said such events helped to lower chances of heart diseases. Officials from the municipality and police said the initiative was held with an aim to draw attention of residents towards a serious issue and inspire more people to walk for healthy heart.
Medical experts said the rising number of cardiovascular diseases, especially among youngsters, was due to lack of exercise. They told participants about benefits of walking and healthy diet.
VPS Healthcare Al Ain regional director Dr Arun Menon said 'Walk for Heart' was part of a campaign that will next reach schools and universities in April.
"As a healthcare provider, we believe our duties go beyond just treating patients. It is also our responsibility to prevent illnesses and we take this responsibility very seriously. Campaigns like this help us connect to the people and help them improve the quality of their life and their health," Menon said.
Apart from the walk, there were various competitions like health quiz, painting and push-ups. Many patients, families and people of all age groups joined forces to spread the word and walk towards a healthier life. Organisers urged people across the UAE to join the drive and keep their heart healthy.
ashwani@khaleejtimes.com


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