JOHOR BARU: ABOUT 500 Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) staff and health enthusiasts packed the Diamond Jubilee Hall here, recently to take part in the half-day “Program Sihat Di Tempat Kerja” (Health Programme at the Workplace).
Highlights of the programme included aerobics, a health exhibition and free medical check-up, talks on healthy lifestyle and stress control by Mahmoodiah Health Clinic doctors and alternative traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners.
The programme was organised by the council and Mahmoodiah Health Clinic Advisory Panel. Among the dignitaries present were MBJB Puspanita chairman and mayor’s wife Zawiah Mohamed.
Staff of Puspanita MBJB and Health Ministry were also in attendance.
Exhibition booths and counters were set up by the clinic, Southern University College (SUC), private health organisations and small and medium-sized entrepreneurs.
The programme kicked off at 8am with a medical screening conducted by the clinic’s committee member Saniasi Suppiah@Arasu.
Participants made a beeline for the health screening booth to have their blood pressure and pulse checked.
The results appeared on the touch screen within a few seconds. According to Arasu, the majority of those who underwent the tests were physically fit.
Jamaliah Ahmad, who was among those who underwent the tests, was happy to find out that her blood pressure was near optimum.
”All this while I’ve been following a healthy diet, exercising regularly and interacting with colleagues,” said the council staff.
An aerobics session conducted by the JB Laughter Club team, led by Liza Alip, followed.
”Leading a healthy lifestyle is necessary for everyone.
”A healthy person is a happy person,” said a participant who wanted to be known only as Zawiah, who owns and manages a multi-level marketing company.
MBJB senior staff Inzura Kosnin, who is also the clinic assistant secretary, echoed Zawiah’s comments.
”This exercise is practical to prevent stress and tension in office staff, particularly those involved in customer service,” she said.
Zawiah then visited the various booths and stalls set.
A booth set up by a cosmetics company not only sold cosmetics but also healthy, cholesterol-free food.
The company also organised a cooking demonstration on healthy local delights. Free samples of roti jala and ubi rebus were then handed out to the guests.
The TCM booth and pap smear test kiosk attracted a positive response.
Halim Hussein, who underwent TCM treatment, said his headaches improved after he was treated by the physician, a graduate of SUC.
Guests and visitors attended talks on nutrition, healthy living and stress management in the workplace by Dr Vidya Vijayan, Dr Hamdan Abdul Kadir and a private dietitian. Dr Vidya and Dr Hamdan are from the clinic.
All three speakers stressed on diet, decreased sugar intake and avoiding high cholesterol food such as burgers and fatty meats. They also encouraged participants to exercise regularly and have a medical checkup once every three to four months.
The clinic’s administrative medical officer Dr Manoharan RPS Pillay lauded the organiser of the programme.
”To maintain a healthy environment in the workplace, the employees must be active, fit and physically and mentally healthy,” said Dr Manoharan, who is also the clinic’s advisory panel deputy chairman.
The clinic advisory panel has plans to organise more health programmes such anti-dengue campaigns, gotong-royong and medical check-ups at old folk’s homes.
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