The essential importance of an active lifestyle, nutritious diet and good health was reinforced among hundreds of youngsters, adults and elderly at the RAK Hospital’s annual “Live Healthy Carnival” held on Saturday, November 25th. The fun-filled fair, aimed at motivating families to adopt habits that encourage healthier living, was a timely reminder just a day ahead of World Anti-Obesity Day, to follow an active lifestyle for maximum productivity and happiness.The lively Carnival saw complete and wholesome participation of families featuring an intensive and grilling health quiz contest for school-going children, magic show and an imaginative fashion show, among other activities.

Participants witnessed a fierce battle of intellect and wit during the quiz competition that featured 6 schools in Ras Al Khaimah selected after an elimination round among 220 initial registrations. Indian School and Indian Public School won the coveted 1st prizes in two different categories. Children also had fun dressing up to walk the ramp in a colourful fashion show that saw Emirati girl Fatima and Filipino boy Joakim titled, RAK Healthy Prince and RAK Healthy Princess.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr Raza Siddiqui, CEO, Arabian Healthcare Group, and Executive Director, RAK Hospital, said: “Since habits are hard to break, it’s essential that we teach our kids to follow a healthy lifestyle from the very beginning. The message needs to spread far and wide, and in this regard, we feel that we have made a difference in the lives of many who attended the carnival today. We hope that message will continue to pass on from one person to another, and eventually families as a whole will learn to adopt good habits of eating, sleeping and exercise. We understand that it’s not an easy task, but remember that change comes from within, and that is what we should focus on”.

Parents, too, took stock of their diabetic health at the Carnival, with RAK Hospital’s Blue Ring Challenge that drove the message of regular exercise to manage the rising blood sugar levels. RAK Hospital and Dubai’s RAK Diabetes Centre have also launched a massive campaign to beat diabetes, offering comprehensive screening for just AED1. The Hospital will also donate AED 1 for every registration for the screening.

Dr Jean Marc Gauer, CEO, RAK Hospital added: “As parents, it’s our duty to help our children evaluate choices of food and activity. However, with the “Live Healthy Carnival”, we want the kids to start taking the initiative themselves so that they can be the role-models for their parents. Sometimes, we need to be taught things from a different perspective which can be far more effective. Moreover, if we make activities such as grocery shopping, outdoor sports and mealtimes a family affair, it will help children connect better with a healthier lifestyle and add fun element to it”.

As per a recent Global Burden of Disease study, obesity-related metabolic risks continues to be the biggest contributing factor of death and disease in the UAE, while diabetes is still among the top causes of premature death. The report also predicts that healthcare spending in the UAE will more than double to $47.5 billion by 2040.

RAK Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai’s RAK Diabetes Centre have been a constant source of information for the residents of UAE and beyond. Since their inception, they have organised hundreds of awareness campaigns and screening progrmammes to curtail the alarming rise of chronic ailments among both adults and children.

 

Source: Pulse 360 PR & Marketing Communications,