CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PIA)--In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic plaguing northern Mindanao, the Department of Health (DOH)–10 highlights its ‘Healthy Pilipinas’ initiatives alongside their 'BIDA Solusyon' and 'Tuloy ang Paskong Pinoy' campaigns to further boost lifestyle initiatives for the upcoming year and stress the importance to the general public of holistically pursuing improved health standards despite the pandemic.
“Healthy Pilipinas encompasses the wide range of health benefits such as positive impacts in our health, including our nutrition, economy, and environment, we are just not limiting it to people’s healthy eating habits but are also focusing on the bigger picture and are emphasizing that, and other factors that tie in with it,” DOH-10 Non-communicable Diseases Cluster Head Dr. Tristan Labitad shared during Talakayan sa PIA.
Implemented since pre-pandemic, ‘Healthy Pilipinas’ aims to holistically encourage and correct the general public’s way of life in the country by not only advocating proper lifestyle choices but also empower communities through education and lobbying other advocacies that fall in line with their initiatives.
“From the trends we see in our statistics on the causes of death in the whole Philippines and Region 10, it’s over 8 out of 10 non-communicable diseases, when healthy lifestyle is not practiced, that is when we develop these non-communicable diseases,” Labitad said, noting that it is a trend that usually rises during the yuletide season.
Non-communicable or chronic diseases are diseases of long duration and generally slow progression, with four main types such as cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke), cancer, chronic respiratory diseases (chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes.
“These non-communicable diseases are silent epidemics, these are all deadly but preventable," Labitad said.
He also emphasized the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits as key factors in the prevention of non-communicable diseases saying, "According to the World Health Organziation (WHO) people who are 18-60 years old need at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week."
In addition to their individual approach, the DOH-10 works alongside local government units (LGUs) in the implementation and pursuance healthy lifestyle choices in their areas of responsibility.
"LGUs are really powerful in implementing healthy lifestyle in their own areas as long as there is legislation, budget, and support, I encourage LGUs to give attention to non-communicable diseases, as it does not only make your community live longer but also improve your economy and environment,” Labitad said.
Despite the challenges the DOH-10 have faced brought by the COVID-19 pandemic in the pursuance of their campaigns, Labitad remains optimistic and committed in their campaign to rise northern Mindanao up for a better and healthier way of life.
"The Department of Health remains steadfast in our advocacy to educate our general public and our community on why we should adopt and implement this healthy lifestyle, us as Filipinos, as citizens of region 10 should change the way we live our lives not on for ourselves but also for a more Healthy Pilipinas," he said. (VPSB/PIA10)
Dr. Tristan Labitad says their 'Healthy Pilipinas' campaign advocates the wide range of health benefits such as positive impacts in our health, including our nutrition, economy, and environment in the pursuance of a healthier way of life during Talakayan sa PIA . (VPSB/PIA10)
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