The 15th Walk-A-Mile by NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS®

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Do you know that in every 15 minutes, there is one death caused by heart disease in Malaysia?

I am very thankful to be able to join the 15th Walk-A-Mile event organized by Nestle Omega Plus, in collaboration with Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM), now I know more about the heart disease situation that is happening in Malaysia.

Walk-A-Mile (WAM) is the longest-running event for heart health advocacy in this country, which has made its way up until now for 15 years, nevertheless, this year was one of the most successful one with 3,800 participants!

A total of RM 30,000 was presented by Chew Soi Ping from Nestlé Omega Plus® to Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM) towards the continuous support on the efforts and dedication of YJM to educate the public on heart health matters.

VIPS who officiated this year’s Walk-A-Mile included :

1) Eliza Mohamed, Director of Group Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Malaysia
2) Ng Su Yen, Business Executive Manager, Milks, Nestlé Malaysia
3) Dato Gurbakhash Singh, Vice Chairman, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia
4) YBhg Datuk Dr. J.S.Sambhi, Chairman, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia
5) YBhg Tan Sri Dato Kamaruzzaman bin Shariff, Vice-President, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia
6) YABhg Tun Dato Seri Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid, President, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia
7) YBhg Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin bin Abd Aziz, Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur
8) Chew Soi Ping, Executive Director, Sales, Nestlé Malaysia

I believe many of us, Malaysians, are aware that heart disease is the No.1 killer in Malaysia, but we tend to wait until later to address our heart health under the perception that heart disease only affects the elderly. BUT, do you know that research has proven that Malaysians, in their THIRTIES have ageing arteries similar to people in their SEVENTIES due to their lifestyles? 

The TRUTH is that Malaysians need to take care of their heart health NOW instead of LATER!

“As Malaysia’s heart health advocate, we truly believe that your heart is in your own hands. Heart disease does not happen overnight but through years of living with these habitual risk factors. But the good news is that you could save a life in as little as 15 minutes as brisk walking reduces the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes,” said Chew Soi Ping, Executive Director, Sales, Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad, in his welcome speech at the event. 

“The 3,800 people here today have not only ‘saved’ their own lives by joining today’s Walk-A-Mile. In fact, if you have shared your Walk-A-Mile experience with your friends and family on social media, you would have saved double or even triple that amount by reminding people why it is important to manage your heart health now instead of later,” he added.

The 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey conducted by the Ministry of Health highlighted that 47.7% of Malaysian adults aged 18 years and above have high cholesterol, a significant increase from 32.6% in 20114. “We cannot ignore any longer that more and more Malaysians are succumbing to heart disease at a younger age and this issue is further amplified through a lack of regular exercise, unhealthy eating habits and other risk factors like smoking, which can be avoided,” said Tun Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid, President of Yayasan Jantung Malaysia.

Tun Ahmad also emphasised that it does not take a monumental step to manage heart health. “We need to trigger a change of heart and mind set among Malaysians on heart health. One of the main reasons for the rising concern of heart-related disease among Malaysians is our lack of awareness as to how to manage our heart health holistically. You only need to remember three key factors for holistic health management – get daily physical activity, visit your doctor for a regular medical check-up and eat a consistent balanced diet,” said Tun Ahmad.

DIET plays a very important role and there's  One way to reduce the risk of heart disease is to manage your cholesterol levels by adding plant sterols to your diet. Plant sterols can be found in minimal amounts in grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds but you may have to consume very large amounts in order to meet the daily requirement of 1.2g of plant sterols in order to have an effect on your cholesterol level. Nestlé Omega Plus® has made it convenient to meet this daily requirement - two servings of Nestlé Omega Plus® milk a day is all you need and it is equivalent to plant sterols found in 255 tomatoes or 126 carrots. 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.

This year’s Walk-A-Mile concept featured various surprise challenges along the route, health screenings, lucky draws, and many more fun activities.

Flag off at 8.45am after the warm up sessions, with only a 15 minutes walk around Lake Gardens, Taman Botanical to Save A Heart :) 

If you MISS OUT this year Walk-A-Mile, stay tuned for next year, you know you could save a heart with ONLY 15 minutes walk :)

About Yayasan Jantung Malaysia

Yayasan Jantung Malaysia is a non-government and non-profit organisation founded by the Rotary Club Di Raja Kuala Lumpur in 1982 under the Presidency of Datuk Dr. J.S. Sambhi. For more information, visit www.yjm.org.my.

About Nestlé Malaysia

Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer and a leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, is headquartered in Switzerland. 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

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 cluster. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NestleOmegaPlus

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