Doh Launches Pilipinas Go4health Campaign To Prevent Lifestyle Diseases

Are you eating the proper food?

What are the physical activities that you do?

How many hours of sleep do you get?

How much alcohol or cigarettes do you consume in one day?

These are the questions Health Secretary Enrique Ona asked during the launching of a nationwide healthy lifestyle movement, Pilipinas Go4Health, on Thursday which aims to control the prevalence of non-communicable diseases.

Ona said Filipinos need to be encouraged to form healthy habits as the rate of deaths due to so-called lifestyle ailments such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases, and diabetes has become alarming.

“Non-communicable diseases claim more than 36 million lives worldwide annually,” he said. “At this rate, people born today may die before the age of 60.”

While highly preventable, these diseases continue to rise in the Philippines due to lack of regular exercise, improper diet, and excessive drinking and smoking, according to Ona.

“Put on a thinking cap, stop and evaluate your lifestyle,” he said. “We have to understand what is excessive… galaw-galaw, araw-araw.”

Ona said the Department of Health is hoping that through the Pilipinas Go4Health movement, more Filipinos will be inspired and make a personal commitment to embrace better daily habits.

“Healthy lifestyle is a choice,” Ona said. “If you love your family, and value your workspace and community, you must support this movement.”

Tips for healthy living

To help Pinoys get started, the DOH gave the following advice:

1. Go Smoke-Free

Ten Filipinos die every hour because of illnesses related to cigarette smoking, according to Ona. He said 17.3 million Filipinos aged 15 years and older are tabacco smokers, based on data from the 2009 Global Audit Tobacco Survey.

“GATS data show that a number of smokers accessed tobacco when they were too young to make informed choices. By the time they are old enough, they may find it very hard to quit and some may already suffer its consequences,” he said.

Smoking is directed linked to lung cancer, emphysema, and bronchial disorders, according to DOH.

2. Go Sustanya

Consumption of salt, sugar, fats, and high-calorie food has to be reduced to prevent hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, as well as obesity. A DOH statement on proper nutrition added that increased intake of fiber, such as fruits and whole grains, is needed to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

In an interview with GMA News Online, Ona said the DOH is planning to propose a bill that would regulate food labeling.

“If you buy food ngayon, ‘yung contents nasa likod, so who reads it?” he said. “If you want to give that information, ilagay natin sa harap.”

3. Go Sigla

Only 7 out of 100 Filipino adults exercise at least three to four times a week, the DOH said, based on findings from the Food and Nutrition Institute (FNRI).

“The human body is designed for motion,” Ona said.

To demonstrate this, DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag led a flash mob dance at the San Lorenzo Ruiz Plaza in Binondo, Manila.

4. Go Slow sa Tagay

According to DOH, the effect of alcohol varies in every person, and while it may offer health benefits to some, it may actually impose a major health risk to others.

Excessive alchohol consumption can lead to drunk-driving accidents, which is one of the reasons cited by President Benigno Aquino III when he signed into law last May a bill penalizing drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and dangerous drugs.

Republic Act (R.A.) 10586[1], signed by the president on May 27, gives law enforcement officials the authority to conduct sobriety and breath alcohol tests on drivers found to have “indications” of drunk driving, such as overspeeding, weaving, swerving and lane straddling.

Lifestyle champions

To help promote the campaign, the DOH has asked the help of some personalities and athletes to serve as “champions” for healthy lifestyles.

Among those who accepted the invitation of the DOH are Senator Pia Cayetano, beauty queen Shamcey Supsup, the San Beda Red Lions, male model Daniel Matsunaga, and Kapuso stars Louise de los Reyes and Alden Richards.

In an interview with GMA News Online, Kapuso star Alden Richards said he has always been against smoking for personal reasons.

“I’m very concerned with pneumonia because my mom passed away five years ago because of that. She’s a really bad chain smoker, and sobrang laki ng grudge ko when it comes to smoking, especially sa girls,” he said.

“You have to eat right, you have to quit vices smoking and drinking and exercise. Iyon lang, you can live long,” he added.

Meanwhile, Kapuso star Louise de los Reyes said she would help promote the campaign for a healthier lifestyle through social media. YA, GMA News


  1. ^ Republic Act (R.A.) 10586 (www.gmanetwork.com)

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  1. Reply

    How The Computer Is Supporting Us In Our Healthy Lifestyle? How do computer helps people in their healthy lifestyle? How can The computer help people? Is it from websites? advertisements? I need it really badly. How can the computer is supporting to improve our healthy lifestyle. in what ways? How can computer promote the quality of healthy lifestyle. How can computer convince people to stop unnecessary things like drugs or alcohol? How can computer HELP us?
    AT least 6-8 points would do. thank you.

      • HealthNut
      • June 7, 2013

      The computer is not a healthy lifestyle for people. It programs us to thinking we can find everything on here. Jobs, pay bills, shop, everything! We can do that ourselves and it seems technology is taking the chores away from us, that can be easily done by human themself. The computer can help us though when we need to find information, imformation fast. Websites help us retain information, advertisements are just like commericals there just trying to sell or maniupulate us to buy whatever their advertising. The computer is not improving our healthy lifestyle. Peoples eyes can go out of sight and hurt very badly(like mine and i’m only 15 years old.) from years and years staring at the computer. The worst thing to stare at is a computer screen — I don’t know why I still do it for hours at end, but I do. The computer will never promote the quality of healthy lifestyle, its just not possible. The computer can convince people to stop drugs and alcohol but if you think about it would you rather have an obsession over the computer for hours at the day, you have to be near the computer you have to be on it then doing drugs or alcohol? The computer is just as bad addiction as alcohol and drugs. The computer cannot HELP us other then give us fast information when we need it. The computer although has so much information and so many untrusted sites you never know if what your reading is a lie. And I hope I get 10 points because I just wasted my time answering this long question, I hope you weren’t just asking this for the heck of this — I hope it was for some essay lol.

      Take care bye

  2. Reply

    How Can I Keep Up My Healthy Lifestyle Over Easter? I have been trying to keep a healthy lifestyle, build fitness and lose a little fat. But I am surrounded by Easter treats, mum has been baking loads, have Easter eggs from family and my bf wants to get me an Easter egg too. Don’t get me wrong, I love how sweet everyone is being, but all of this will just make me I’ll. What should I do?

      • HealthNut
      • June 7, 2013

      If you’d like me to be honest, I think that the healthiest lifestyles include enjoying things. So every now and then, let go of the fact that “something will make me fat” and enjoy it. I think that often as people we give up a large part of living just to stay skinny. I used to be that way, and as much as I told myself it was worth it, it really wasn’t. Enjoy it, and don’t go on a guilt trip over it.

      That being said, there are several things you can do to avoid extra treats. Stay away from the kitchen as much as possible, as well as where things are being served. When you get things, get just a small bit. I’ve noticed that with a lot of sweetbreads and cakes and such, a very thin slice takes just as long to eat as a thick one and is usually just as satisfying. If not, you can even get a second (which, sliced thinly enough, is still smaller than the thick slices would be). Another trick I’ve learned is “sharing”–if it is a roll or whatever, just eat half of it and “share” the other half with someone else (maybe someone else who either just wants half, or someone who wants more than one).

      Enjoy Easter!

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    How Will You Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle In The Future? Imagine yourself after college. You’re married with a few kids. You’re gaining a few pounds every now and then. How will you get yourself back on track into a healthy lifestyle?

      • HealthNut
      • June 7, 2013

      Minus the after college part, but I have 2 kids and am expecting the third one in a few weeks. We maintain healthy lifestyles by eating nutritious foods, lots of whole grains, fruits, veggies, and milk. We also get a lot of exercise in. Although my kids are still toddlers and I’m big as a house, everyday as a family my husband and I walk with the kids up and down the road, then when we get home my husband stays outside with the kids and plays with them while I get supper fixed. We don’t turn the TV on until after baths, forcing us to get up off the couch. Hopefully that will encourage our kids to maintain healthy lifestyles after they’re all grown up.

  4. Reply

    How Do You Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle? Please comment on your suggestions to maintain a healthy lifestyle, add any concerns or issues you have concerning you’re healt, and i’ll be happy to educate you further.

      • HealthNut
      • June 7, 2013

      I eat healthy – vegetables, fruit, lots of water, minimal sugar consumption, etc.
      I don’t smoke.
      I don’t drink in excess.
      I don’t do drugs.
      I exercise at least twice a week.
      I try to get enough sleep every night (minimum of 7 hours).

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    How Do You Stay Commited To Your Healthy Lifestyle? I’m trying have a healthy lifestyle and lose weight but i’m finding it hard to commit.

      • HealthNut
      • June 7, 2013

      Are you sure you want to lose weight? If this a true desire, give it two weeks, and then asses how you feel. If you are eating healthy and exercises you will feel the difference, then if you go back to living unhealthfully you will be able to tell the change in how you feel, then you should be able to make an easy desicion.

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