9 August 2016

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE - WALK-A-MILE 2016 CAMPAIGN


CARE FOR YOUR HEART
THE NESTLE OMEGA PLUS WAY
Most adults nowadays, don't actually put to top of their mind that preventative heart care should be considered. Reason being that it has always been perceived as an illness for the elderly. But the fact to be told is, due to our current lifestyle,  Malaysian of age thirties are now likely to succumb to heart disease at a younger age. 

For single parent, Linda Chan, 57, during her younger days, she use to work long hours and coupled with regular seafood feast with her family now, pose a challenge to manage her heart health. Balancing it up her diet vigilantly the next day, with steamed dishes at home and drinking milk with added plant sterols that will assist in blocking cholesterol. Having friends who has gone in their sleep due to heart health issues, knowing that heart problems don't develop overnight, she has urge her daughter to look into ways to better managing her heart health as early on as possible. 

The 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey revealed that nearly 20 million Malaysian above age of 18 years are at risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which may development heart disease. One out of two Malaysians suffers from high cholesterol. Cardiovascular Heart Disease comprises of many forms, a heart attack, narrowing of arteries, abnormal heart rhythms, breaking down of the heart valve or heart muscle and degeneration of blood vessels, amongst others. 
WALK-A-MILE CAMPAIGN
To encourage Malaysians to take action for their heart health now instead of later, brands such as NESTLE OMEGA PLUS have made it their mission to be Malaysia's heart health advocate. On September 3, 2016, young and old Malaysians will converge on Lake Gardens (Perdana Botanical Gardens) for WALK-A-MILE, Malaysia's longest running walk for heart health advocacy, jointly organised by NESTLE OMEGA PLUS and YAYASAN JANTUNG NEGARA (YJM)

“For the past 14 years, NESTLE OMEGA PLUS has reached out to Malaysians to take charge and care for their heart through WALK-A-MILE in collaboration with YJM and we look forward with great excitement to sharing heart healthy activities with everyone at Walk-A- Mile. Caring for your heart doesn't need to be a big monumental step, simply by taking the stairs or swapping sugary treats with fresh fruits and drinking two glasses of Nestlé Omega Plus with added plant sterols daily to manage cholesterol can improve your heart health,” said Ng Su Yen, Business Executive Manager, Milks of Nestlé Malaysia.

For registration to the WALK-A-MILE Campaign, please click this link WALK-A-MILE REGISTRATION .
Diagram 1. Holistic management of heart health comprise of 
regular medical check-ups, daily exercise and eating a balanced diet

There are 3 key factors to manage your heart health holistically. 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Aim to get some form of physical activity every day, at least a combination of moderate and vigorous activity 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week, suggested by The American Heart Association.  Anything that makes your body move and burn calories is considered physical activity. Walking more is a great way to improve heart health.

MEDICAL CHECK UP 
Even if you don’t have any heart issues, it’s important to not miss your heart health check-ups with your doctor. Ask questions about your numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, blood glucose and weight. These numbers will help to provide a benchmark for upcoming check-ups. 

EAT BALANCED DIET
Aim to fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits, consume milk with added plant sterols to block the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. Plant sterols are especially effective in lowering cholesterol levels – according to Heart UK, the Cholesterol Charity, plant sterols can reduce cholesterol levels by up to 10% when taken at optimal doses and as part of a diet low in saturated fat in just over 3 weeks. 

They are considered to be the most effective single food that can lower cholesterol as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Plant sterols can be found in small amounts in many grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds. However you may have to eat very large amounts of these items to have an effect on your cholesterol, with NESTLE OMEGA PLUS, you only need to drink two glasses a day to manage cholesterol levels.

ABOUT NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS®
NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS® is the only milk that has ACTICOL®, plant sterols that help lower cholesterol by blocking the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS® Milk also contains high calcium to keep bones strong. Just 2 servings of NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS® each day has been scientifically proven to lower cholesterol levels*. It is available in 150g, 600g and 1kg powder format, and ready-to- drink UHT format of 200ml six-pack clusters. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/NestleOmegaPlus

ABOUT NESTLE MALAYSIA
Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer and a leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, is headquartered in Switzerland. Since 1866, Nestlé has been committed to providing high quality, tasty, safe and  nutritious products to our consumers, in line with our promise of Good Food, Good Life. Nourishing Malaysians since 1912, Nestlé has earned the trust of our consumers through our quality brands and products, as well as our commitment to improve the lives of the communities in which we operate. At Nestlé, our consumers are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to delight our consumers by offering the best quality products; staying true to our Swiss roots while maintaining our Halal excellence and integrity. To learn more about how we have been nourishing Malaysians for over a century, do visit www.nestle.com.my or our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NestleMalaysia.


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