Department of Health Sec. Enrique Ona stood up the podium and announced the call to prevent “lifestyle disease” through a new campaign versus non-communicable diseases. “Maybe just for a moment think about what we are doing everyday, in regards with our health and lifestyle and put on your thinking cap and ask yourself the following questions: ‘Ano ba ang kinakain natin, morning, lunch, and dinner?’, ‘What activities do we do daily?’, ‘How many hours do we get to sleep?’, ‘Ilan bang beer ang naiinom and how many sticks of cigarettes do we smoke?“, the secretary asked his audience.
These are the questions that the secretary, through Department of Health (DOH) is addressing to the public. In line with these, DOH launches Pilipinas Go4Health campaign versus non-communicable diseases to help each Filipino understand and be fully aware of the cause and effect of “unhealthy lifestyle“.
1. 7 out of 10 women and 1 out of 10 men are obese; and 4 out of 100 children are overweight and only 7 out of 100 Filipinos engage in sound and significant exercise.
2. For the record (according to Sec. Ona), we hold the no.1 top spot in smoking nation in Southeast Asia.
3. 10 Filipinos die every hour on causes related to smoking, according to DOH statistics.
4. 58.2% and 34.7 % of boys and girls in high school are into smoking, where 28% of Filipino adults aged 15 years old and older are current tobacco users, according to Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) in 2009.
5. Data from the 2005 Philippine Nutrition Facts & Figures also show that the number of overweight children aged 6 to 10 more than doubled from 0.08% in 2001 to 1.6% in 2005.
These and more facts were reported and publicly distributed by DOH to encourage everyone to prevent and control the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country. These diseases, while highly preventable, are on the rise mainly due to the lack of regular exercise, improper diet, and excessive drinking and smoking, according to DOH.
“It is important to know what is excessive and what is beyond our capacity,” stressed Sec. Ona.
“Fatal diseases, sakit sa puso, cancer, diabetes, and those related to smoking and cardiovascular diseases are the no.1 cause of death in the Philippines.”
Through Pilipinas Go4Health, Filipinos are encourage to concentrate on four key health habits, namely:
Go Sigla – Physical activity
Go Sustansya – Proper nutrition
Go Smoke-free and Go Slow sa Tagay – Prevention or cessation of smoking and harmful use of alcohol.
Pilipinas Go4Health Movement aims to achieve the following:
1. Generate hype and awareness on healthy lifestyle;
2. Strengthen the healthy lifestyle mentality of the public, and encourage them to make personal commitments to healthy living;
3. Engage public and private sectors to promote and establish environments that encourage healthy living choices.
Watch DOH Asec. Enrique Tayag dancing Psy’s “Gentleman” during Pilipinas Go4Health launching here:
Teen star Loiuse delos Reyes and matinee idol Alden Richards supported the Pilipinas Go4Health campaign.
#PilipinasGo4Health! “This is a nationwide healthy lifestyle movement to inform the public to healthy lifestyle” – DOH Sec. Enrique Ona
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