Sunway Medical Centre ‘Let’s Take 5’ Campaign On Diabetes Ends With Fun Consumer Carnival

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dscn94951Sunway Medical Centre (SunMed) today concluded its five-year ‘Let’s Take 5 Campaign’, aimed at creating awareness on diabetes with a fun consumer carnival held at Sunway Pyramid. The closing event was attended by Dato’ Dr. Haki Azman bin Abu Bakar, Director, Medical Development Division of the Ministry of Health and Dr. Khoo Chow Huat, Deputy Managing Director, Sunway Group Healthcare Services/Chief Executive Officer, Sunway Medical Centre.

The ‘Let’s Take 5 Campaign’ was launched in 2012 in an effort to take on the growing threat of diabetes in Malaysia. Championing World Diabetes Day, celebrated annually on 14 November, SunMed worked closely with the Ministry of Health, its agencies, local city councils, shopping malls, pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organisations such as the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and Limbs for Life Prosthesis Centre, among others, to promote the prevention and control of diabetes and its complications while promoting a healthier lifestyle among Malaysians over the last five years.

Each year focuses on one of the five diabetes complication areas (brain, eyes, heart, kidney and foot) and a series of unique activities to promote awareness on diabetes were organised throughout the campaign period. This year’s theme was ‘Walk The Talk’ and focused on the foot.

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During the event, Sunway Medical Centre also announced its Fit2Run 2016 winners. Fit2Run is a three-month programme that began in August as part of the Sunway Medical Centre ‘Let’s Take 5’ Campaign this year. The programme comprises individual and group interactive sessions with dietitians, sports therapists, clinical psychologists and diabetes educators from SunMed. The team will create a customised approach for each of the participants, guiding them to live a healthier life by managing their weight and diabetes at the same time. To qualify, participants must have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 28kg/m2, be diabetic or pre-diabetic. A total of 17 participants between the ages of 20 to 60 years old joined the programme.

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Catherine Chee emerged the individual winner with the most significant results achieved. She has lost more than 10 kilograms over the three-month period and managed to reduce her body fat percentage by 12.70%. She walked away with RM3,000 cash and a 3-Day/2-Night stay at Sunway Clio Hotel.

Abang Mohd Azmi bin Abang Mohd Jaffar and Choong Kok Sing took home the second and third spots respectively for the individual segments. Abang Mohd Azmi walked away with RM1,500 and a 3-Day/2-Night stay at Sunway Clio Hotel while Choong Kok Sing took home RM1,000 and a 3-Day/2-Night stay at Sunway Clio Hotel.

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A special prize for the LEAN spirit winner went to Abdul Rahman Ahmad. The LEAN spirit award is given to the participant who showed the most dedication, determination, team work and adhered to all LEAN Club criteria throughout the three-month programme.

There were also group prizes and it was presented to the teams that showed the most significant results collectively. Group 1 won first place with a total of 26.2 kilograms lost during the programme and took home a RM3,000 cash prize. Group 2 managed to reduce their overall weight by 8.5 kilograms and walked away with RM1,500.

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