Quaker Smart Heart Challenge, A 30-Day Intervention Programme.
The statistics paint a dreary picture. Almost 1 in 2 Malaysians has high cholesterol according to the latest National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS 2015) and Institute of Public Health (IPH 2015). What’s more is that recent studies analysing nationwide data (Halizah et al., 2018) show that high cholesterol, or hypercholesterolemia, is significantly associated with obesity. About 1 in 5 Malaysians is obese, and unhealthy diet and lifestyle is the established factor for obesity. In fact, Malaysia is now Asia’s fattest country.
The YJM-Quaker Smart Heart Challenge was officially launched by Dr. Fazilah Shaik Allaudin, Senior Deputy Director of the Medical Development Division at Medical Care Quality Section on behalf of YBhg Datuk Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah, Director General of Health, Ministry of Health, Malaysia, at the Invito Hotel in Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur.
Dr. Fazilah Shaik Allaudin delivered Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s speech, in which he gave grave reminders about the alarming statistics.
“Almost half the adult population of Malaysia has high cholesterol levels, yet a vast majority feels that high cholesterol does not affect them. A 2015 survey revealed that among high cholesterol patients, 38.6% (that is 7.8 million) of them were not even aware they had high cholesterol,” his speech read. “High cholesterol is in fact one of the major factors that leads to the development of heart disease. And in 2017, cardiovascular disease remained the main cause of death in hospitals under the Health Ministry, totalling 10,284 or 22.62% of the total deaths that year.”
Meanwhile, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia’s President Tun Haji Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid’s speech, delivered by Datuk Dr J.S. Sambhi, brought attention to the heart-breaking statistics of deaths caused by heart disease.
Dr Kit Phanvijhitsiri, R&D Life Sciences Manager of PepsiCo-Quaker, shared that “oats contain more protein, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and folate than those grains or grain-derived food commonly consumed in Asian diets at the present time such as white rice, brown rice, white bread, barley and corn.”
For more information on Quaker Oats and the Quaker Smart Heart Challenge, visit quaker.com.my and smartheartchallenge.quaker.com.my