First Steps Towards A Healthy Lifestyle

By Noimot Olayiwola/Staff Reporter

A five-year  health awareness campaign – Your Health First or Sahtak Awalan in Arabic  –  began its first stage during the weekend  with a series of  community-oriented events at Souq Waqif. The campaign, jointly launched by the Supreme Council of Health and the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q),  has the participation of a number of strategic partners like Qatar Petroleum, Occidental Petroleum of Qatar, ExxonMobil and Vodafone Qatar . At the launch event on Friday night, a number of residents visited booths set up by  the participating partners in the initiative. The SCHs medical specialists offered visitors free check-ups and advice about healthy lifestyle. The first stage of the campaign, which ends on December 31, is focusing on awareness and public health concepts. The initial and subsequent stages will make use of all possible media, including social networks, to reach out to the the public. During the first stage a range of awareness events will be held, covering topics such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, psychological health, woman and child healthcare, bone health and rheumatoid arthritis, stress and insomnia, benefits of vitamins, cancer, healthy eating habits among children, teens and adult. We are organising this event at Souq Waqif to provide an opportunity for the community to learn from the experts about healthy practices and lifestyle choices, WCMC-Q dean Dr Javaid Sheikh said . He said that raising awareness on how to improve health was especially significant at this time of year as during the holy month of Ramadan, the sudden change in eating habits can have adverse effects on health and wellbeing. The event featured fun, light-hearted presentations from local culture and football stars, which helped ensure Your Health First achieves its objective of sharing health information among the 10-25 year age group. A Qatari comedian, Mohamed Kamal,  joined other celebrities to present health information through a simple question-and-answer competition at the launch ceremony. One of Al Sadd football stars gave  tips on how to maintain a healthy body through healthy behaviour to the public, particularly the youth. The event provided the public with access to physicians from the faculty of WCMC-Q and the SCH, who were available to answer questions. Dieticians were on hand to assist the public in taking their first step towards healthy living. Ritz-Carlton Hotel Doha supported the campaign by providing entertainment for the children as part of Garangao celebrations. Apart from creating awareness about health issues which have arisen due to socio-economic growth in the country, other objectives of Your Health First initiative were:  to provide an interactive platform with healthcare professionals which will lead to increased public knowledge about diseases and steps to avoid or manage future complications; to motivate people into living a healthier lifestyle; to provide health and medical information in laymans terminology which is easy for the general public to understand; to turn negative health behaviours into a healthy lifestyle; and to create healthy habits among member of the younger population in order to achieve a healthy society in Qatar, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030. While the campaigns primary target audience comprises children and teens as well as young adults aged 18-35 years, a secondary target group comprised people aged 35-55 years and above. Part of the initiative includes five-minute health awareness programmes being aired on Qatar Television during Ramadan, as well as daily health tips via Qatar Radio. Your Health First will also make use of digital media and social networks, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to reach the largest number of Qatar nationals and expatriates living in the country. A smartphone app will provide users with updated health tips for healthy lifestyles while Vodafone Qatar will also launch an SMS campaign in support of the initiative. Other target programmes in the campaign include Painting a Healthy Future initiative, which aims to attract people of different ages to participate in creating a collective health-related painting which will, hopefully, break a world record and enter the Guinness Book of World Records. Be Ready for the Challenge is an inter-school contest that will see schools compete to raise health awareness.

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    Healthy Lifestyle? I usually go on a medium intensity run for 60 minutes a day, four to five days a week. In addition, I do a total of at least 150 push ups and sit ups in each work out. I don’t consume more than 1500-1600 calories a day. I eat little to no junk food, and take my vitamins. I’m 18, male, and weigh about 164, around 14 to 15 percent body fat. Do I lead a healthy lifestyle? If there are ways to improve, let me know.

      • HealthNut
      • August 8, 2012

      I think you are doing very well. Never give it up and try to maintain it as your lifestyle.

      Good Luck

  2. Reply

    Healthy Lifestyle? I need help with my health hw, so if any of you could help with these questions thanks!

    What does it mean to live a healthy lifestyle?
    What should I eat and how often?
    How often should I exercise?
    What type of exercise?
    How hard should I exercise?
    How much time should I spend exercising?
    How much sleep should I get each night?
    How do I deal with stress?
    How should I manage stress?

      • HealthNut
      • August 8, 2012

      http://Www.sparkpeople.com has all your answers.

  3. Reply

    Healthy Lifestyle………? I wanna start a healthy lifestyle but I dunno where to start, can you please help? I’d really appreciate that and by the way, I’m 16.

      • HealthNut
      • August 8, 2012

      Begin by giving up fast food it is so full of fat, sugar, carbs, and all the wrong things for you. My daughter gave up soda and lost 20 pounds because it is loaded with sugar. Eat fish not fried 2 to 3 times a week, chicken 2 to 3 times a week skinless, lots of vegetables, and fruit and you will be getting there.

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    What Is A Healthy Lifestyle For A 30 Year Old Male Adult? What foods should he be eating to be healthy?
    What can he do to become fit?

    Please also give me some tips on what a healthy lifestyle would be.

      • HealthNut
      • August 8, 2012

      Ummmm… these don’t seem like really hard questions

      foods= fruits, vegetables, meat (not too much), whole grains
      male adults should avoid eating too much sugar because sugar begets wrinkles

      fit?= get exercise, stop watching the TV and sitting on the damn sofa
      i recommend not eating late too

      pretty much common sense

      here’s my question about my apparent lack of a refractory period…

  5. How Can I Pursue A More Healthy Lifestyle To Help Me Attain My Maximum Potential In Life ? I am 28, and have always had a bad health because of depression and anxiety. But I want to change it I need some tips on how to pursue a really healthy lifestyle which helps people in their mental and physical wellbeing?

      • HealthNut
      • August 8, 2012

      Two of the healthiest diets in the world are the Mediterranean diet and the Okinawa diet.

      Yoga often helps for anxiety and depression as it promotes mental and physical wellbeing.

    • Bob
    • August 8, 2012

    What Are Some Healthy Lifestyle Changes To Make? So I’ve started drinking more water. I drink Green, White, and Chai tea. I also bought the stainless steel water bottle, and I bike for about 20-30 minutes a day. I consider these healthy lifestyle changes. I was wondering if you could provide more suggestions along these lines.

      • HealthNut
      • August 8, 2012

      There are 5 elements in a healthy lifestyle.

      1. food
      2. exercise
      3. sleep
      4. happiness
      5. extra healthy things

      1. Food, we don’t really know that much about nutrition, we do know a blanced diet, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is good for you. Meat is pretty good, if it is lean and not eaten too often….ideally I might eat meat once or twice a week. A good healthy diet can include some indulgences.
      2. Exercise, you should do some. Though I don’t recommend routine exercise, cycle 2 or 3 times a week, join a social sports club, eg, tennis, go hiking on weekends, swimming is one of the best exercises for the whole body. If you vary your exercise, then you will enjoy it more and do more.
      3. Sleep. A lot of evidence says if you don’t get enough sleep you will have problems, eat more, metabolise your food differently and die young.
      4. Be happy, enjoy your life. Drink dance, eat chocolate, but not all day, everyday.
      5. Then there are all the little extras. eg, green tea (there is no such things as Chai tea….chai means tea, it is an indian word derived from the chinese word Cha, meaning tea), red wine, brocollie and beetroot, lots of things than can boost your body, ginger, garlice and hundreds of other things that you can add to your diet to make things a little better.

      Don’t obsess, don’t live by a book or a routine, just be healthy.

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