Health

To identify, initiate and support the healthcare, health education and physical fitnessactivities in order to promote health awareness in the community. Also provide advice andassist patients for medical treatment both locally and abroad when required.

Ref: CHB/HB/035/15                                             

WHY WALK?

What are the top 10 reasons to walk?
 
Ø    Walking prevents type 2 diabetes:-
 
The Diabetes Prevention Program showed that walking 150 minutes per week and losing just 7% of your body weight (12-15 pounds) can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58%.
 
Ø    Walking strengthens your heart if you're male:-
 
In one study, mortality rates among retired men who walked less than one mile per day were nearly twice that among those who walked more than two miles per day.
 
Ø    Walking strengthens your heart if you're female:-
 
Women in the Nurse's Health Study (72,488 female nurses) who walked three hours or more per week reduced their risk of a heart attack or other coronary event by 35% compared with women who did not walk.

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Ref: CHB/HB/034/15                                                                      

OBESITY & IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE

Obesity is a chronic condition defined by an excess amount of body fat. A certain amount of body fat is necessary for storing energy, heat insulation, shock absorption, and other functions.
 
Obesity is best defined by using the body mass index. The body mass index is calculated using a person's height and weight. The body mass index (BMI) equals a person's weight in kilograms (kg) divided by their height in meters (m) squared. Since BMI describes body weight relative to height, it is strongly correlated with total body fat content in adults. An adult who has a BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight, and an adult who has a BMI over 30 is considered obese.

How common is obesity?

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Over two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, and one in three Americans is obese. The prevalence of obesity in children has increased markedly. Obesity has also been increasing rapidly throughout the world, and the incidence of obesity nearly doubled from 1991 to 1998.

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Ref: CHB/HB/033/15                                                                                 

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER – PART 4

The last article in the Autism Spectrum disorder series explores the common myths and misconceptions the general population has on autism.

It is important to clear up any myths /misconceptions - not only so that your perception of autism is not clouded by them hence reducing the social stigma, but also so that you can debunk these myths when other people say them to you.

This lack of understanding can make it difficult for people on the autism spectrum to have their condition recognized and to access the support they need. Misconceptions can lead to some people who have autism feeling isolated and alone. In extreme cases, it can also lead to abuse and bullying.  

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Ref: CHB/HB/032/15                                                                                   

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER – PART 3

This week CHB health bulletin explores how you can help your child and yourself cope with the diagnosis of Autism.
 
We’re waiting to hear from you. Do you have a child that suffers from Autism? A family friend? A relative?  This can help others.
 
Tell us your experiences, confidentiality shall be strictly abided by.

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Ref: CHB/HB/031/15                                                                                  

This week CHB health bulletin explores the causes and treatment for children diagnosed with Autism.
 
We’re waiting to hear from you. Do you have a child that suffers from Autism? A family friend? A relative? Tell us your experiences.

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