By Gynna P. Gagelonia
 
PHA-Cainta Heart Fair draws more Healthy Lifestyle (HL) awareness.
 
At least 1,500 people trooped to the People’s Center in Cainta, Rizal to avail of free risk factor screenings (consultation, blood pressure taking, cholesterol and fasting blood sugar tests and electrocardiogram) for adults and children (including rheumatic fever/rheumatic heart disease diagnosis) and to attend the basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation demonstration, majority were the local barangay health workers (BHWs).
 
Around 421 of the 1,500 were returning and new adult and pedia patients who were issued PHA HL passports during the World Heart Day Fair 2011 on 26 September 2011.  The HL passport shows the results of the diagnostic tests and their cardiac risks in 10 years.
 
More than half of the women and men who  were  assessed last September 26, 2012  were diagnosed to be hypertensive or suffering from high blood pressure. A few were at risk of acquiring heart disease in 10 years. Both the results of their previous and follow-up tests would be used in the data gathering for the risk factor/CVD prevalence in Cainta, with the help of the municipal hospital.
 
The female-dominated BHWs have been empowered to do major tasks as advocates of a healthy home, barangay, town and nation. These women who have assumed multi-roles fall prey to lifestyle diseases like hypertension and diabetes that may be triggered by many factors including neglect, stress at home and at work.
 
High blood pressure now takes almost half of women over the age of 45 and about 40 percent have abnormal cholesterol. High levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol protect women before the age of 56, but because of the deterioration of lifestyle habits that now include smoking, low HDL levels is a potential unrecognized risk factor in women added to lack of exercise and weight problems. 

by Gynna P. Gagelonia     

     On 29 September 2012, the sudden downpour did not dampen the enthusiasm of nearly 1,000 Makati residents at the Makati City Hall grounds to celebrate World Heart Day (WHD) with the Philippine Heart Association (PHA), which marked the global celebration with risk factor screenings, inter-high school jump rope competition and mother/child dance contest and lay lectures on healthy lifestyle.

     “One World, One Home, One Heart” was adopted from the WHD Celebration 2011, but this year’s theme focused on educating women to take action and adopt heart-healthy behavior not only to prevent exposure to risk factors for themselves but also for the well-being of their children.

The Philippine Heart Association, in coordination with the World Heart Federation (WHF), with support from the World Health Organization, Department of Health, the Foundation for Lay Education on Heart Diseases, and the Heart Foundation of the Philippines, celebrated World Heart Day on September 26, 2010 at the Central Plaza of Market! Market! Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

This year’s celebration, which marks the 10th year milestone of the World Heart Day commemoration, carried the theme “Workplace Wellness”, and aimed to use the workplace to promote long-term behavioural changes that will benefit employers, employees and communities. Research has shown that workplace-wellness programmes have benefits for both employees and employers, by improving health, productivity and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. At this 10-year milestone, the PHA joined the WHF in urging government, healthcare professionals, employers and individuals to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke. This year, World Heart Day encouraged everyone to take responsibility for their own heart health and say “I work with heart”.

Activites included a Heart Fair which featured an aerobics exercise program, basic CPR mass demonstrations and free risk-factor screening services for local cholesterol screening, body mass index, BP monitoring, waist circumference measurement, and ECG. Lectures about healthy lifestyle, heart healthy diet, prevention of heart diseases, and cardiac rehabilitation were given.

PHA celebrates World Heart Day 2010, holds Heart Fair
By Gynna P. Gagelonia
 
 
The Philippine Heart Association (PHA), led by PHA President Dr. Eleanor Lopez, voiced out the call for a healthy lifestyle in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, as it joined in the global celebration of World Heart Day at the World Heart Day 2010 Heart Fair at the Market! Market! in Taguig City last September 26, 2010.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona joined in urging the public to keep their body and heart young to prevent heart disease. According the recent Department of Health statistics, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of mortality in the country. According to the World Heart Federation, on a global scale, heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death. They claim 17.1 million lives a year – the equivalent of more than one death every two seconds.
 Also on hand were PHA officers, physicians from other specialties, health professionals and pharmaceutical allies who attended to the crowd that started to swell from 8am till 1pm. The Heart Fair offered cardiovascular risk factor screenings, cholesterol tests,  fasting blood sugar test, ECG, body mass index determination, blood pressure consultation, and cardiovascular evaluation.
Dr. Saturnino Javier, PHA secretary was the chair of the 2010 World Heart Day which carried the theme “Wellness in the Workplace”.
The risk factor screenings were done courtesy of the PHA pharmaceutical allies. The other activities included: CPR demonstration, lay forum on cardiac rehabilitation, healthy cooking and eating, and aerobics competition, to stress the value of   regular exercise.
Lopez underlined the benefits of having a healthy workplace, however, “healthy habits begin in the home and in childhood. You can never go wrong with a well-embedded and nurtured seed of Healthy Lifestyle.”
Seeing the pressing need to work up the workplace, the World Heart Federation (WHF) asks everyone to take responsibility for their own hearthealth and say “I work with Heart”.
Lopez also said that the PHA is marking another milestone with this high-impact commemoration of this International event which is simultaneously marked by 104 WHF –member countries. A member of WHF, in the past 10 years, the Philippines, through the PHA, has gained rave reviews for its impressive World Heart Day activities.
The full story on the World Heart Day is available through the PHA Newsbriefs.
September and October 2010
Glory days in the media department
World Heart Day 2010 in September generated extensive media hype, generating six “hits” from leading media players –ABS-CBN (Umagang Kay Ganda and Salamat, Dok), ANC, (Living the Good Life) DZMM 630 Teleradyo (Magandang Gabi, Dok), GMA 7, DZRH 666 Teleradyo and Manila Bulletin (print and website), and other media entities like IBC 13 (Express Balita and News Tonite) and NBN 4 (Money Matters and TeleDyaryo) Radyo Inquirer, DzEM and Manila StandardToday, Remate Tonight (print and website).
The event proper on September 26, 2010 received substantial pre-publicity from the following media outfits.
Media     Date                  Program/                                             Host                                       Guest    _______
Entity                                                    Show ________________________________________________
DZMM   9/8/10                                 Magandang Gabi,Dok   Nina Corpuz                       Dr.Edgardo Ebba             
DZEM    9/25/10                               Health Watch                     Annabelle Surara             Dr.EleanorLopez              
DZMM   9/8/10                                 MGD                                     Nina Corpuz                       Dr. Saturnino Javier  
GMA    9/25/10                                  24-Oras                                 Mel Tiangco                      Dr. SPJavier
DZRH   9/22/10                                  PhilHealth                           Guia Villaga                        Dr. SP Javier
ANC 27 9/25/10                                 Living the                             Tina Revilla                         Dr. Eugene Reyes                                                                            Gold Life       
DZIQ   9/25/10                                   Medikalusugan                                                                 Dr. SP Javier
Meanwhile, the September 30, 2010 memorandum of agreement signing among the Department of Education, Philippine Heart Association, Philippine Society of Hypertension and Bayer Phils., partners in the implementation of the BP ng Teacher Ko, Alaga Ko Advocacy project, was covered by DZMM Teleradyo, Radio Mindanao Network and Medical Observer. The reporters of DZMM and RMN reported their stories while on site. Medical Observer printed its account in its October 2010 issue.
The first Blood Pressure site of the BP ng Teacher Ko Alaga Ko, which took place at the Malinta Elementary School in Valenzuela City on Oct. 23, 2010, gained media attention from GMA 7, QTV 11, ABS-CBN, TV5 and NBN 4. The slant pursued was the growing incidence of hypertensive teachers linked to stressful conditions and situations like the nerve-racking barangay polls on October 25, 2010, meager salary and lack of health benefits.
The full stories are available through the PHA Newsbriefs.

Since its conceptualization in February 2007, more than 500 children with heart diseases have been part of Camp BraveHeart which aims to help post-surgical patients to transition from a life of "limited activity and exposure" to one with "vision, hope and fruitful experience." This event hopes to empower them tor each their full potential through encouraging interactions with co-participants, doctors, expert speakers and student volunteers.

 

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