The Supreme Council of Health launched a year-long campaign “Win Your Health” as part of National Sports Day, to target obese and over-weight people in a bid to encourage them to engage in sporting events and for overall goal of losing weight significantly.
In Qatar, some 40% of the population is over-weight, while around 28% are obese and 6% morbidly obese and only 28% engage in a sporting activity. “We are today launching a programme that will follow up for a year on overweight, obese and morbidly obese people who have a body mass index over 35 percent and above and we have identified some 10 Qataris, comprising six males and four females who will be participating in the programme,” said Dr Hamda Qotba, SCH medical adviser to Assistant Secretary General for Medical Affairs Dr Saleh Ali al-Marri (pictured).
During the programme, she mentioned that the participants, aged from 24 years, will be monitored closely while comprehensive medical check ups are being performed on them. “We are going to be conducting blood test and general medical check up on the participants every month as well as provide them with advice on diets and nutrition, and physical activities,” she mentioned.
She explained that the programme has been packaged in partnership with General Sports owned by Ghanem bin Saad Group to engage the participants in different kinds of sporting activities that will help them loose weight fast. However, to mark the National Sports Day, the SCH will erect two tents at the Sheraton park – one for very important personalities and another to provide health check ups for participants.
“On the day, we are going to march to and from the Oryx park on the Corniche to the Sheraton garden, after which people will have the opportunity to have medical check ups for vital signs at our health line booth checking for their blood sugar level, weight, height, BMI, blood pressure as well as other physical examinations,” Dr Qotba said.
A total of 23 organisations from both public and private sector will be participating in the SCH event including: Qatar Railway Company, Barwa Real Estate Company, The Ritz-Carlton, General Sports, a subsidiary of Ghanim Bin Saad, the Olympic Committee, Qatar, Supreme Supreme Education Council, ictQatar, Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care, the army, the Public Works Authority, Shafallah Centre for Children with Special Needs, Al Noor Institute for the Blind, Doha Clinic Hospital, Al-Ahli Hospital, Informatics Company, Al Emadi Hospital, Qatar Red Crescent Society, Maersk Oil, Qatar Medical Association, the Assistive Technology Centre, and the Islamic Society of India.
source: Gulf Times
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