Islamabad: (Staff Reporter) Alliance for Diabetes and Liver Diseases (ADLDi) announced the launch of Fit 4 Health awareness campaign at an event in Islamabad.
The event gathered the principals and faculty members of schools from Islamabad and Rawalpindi, where they were briefed about the importance of inculcating the concept of healthy living among school children from young age. Addressing the event, Chairperson ADLDi, Prof.Dr Saleem Qureshi said, “Diabetes is a situation that needs to be addressed urgently as it poses a great burden on the economy of Pakistan.
An initiative like Fit 4 Health which focuses towards creating awareness among the youth, is certainly a step in the right direction”.The co-chair ADLDi,Dr Musarrat Iqbal said that the objective of this collective initiative is to create awareness among students about adopting a healthy lifestyle from an early age to address the increasing trend of diabetes &obesity. Lifestyle modification, physical activity and healthy diet can delay or prevent onset of type 2 diabetes. We are already a little late”, she said.
Wasim Akram, Brand Ambassador for changing diabetes® in Pakistan, shared his experience with the audience, emphasizing on the importance of early diagnosis for better management of diabetes. “Fit 4 Health” is running in collaboration with Novo Nordisk Pharma (Pvt) Ltd and endorsed by the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination. Rashed Rafique Butt, Vice President and General Manager of Novo Nordisk Pharma (Pvt) Ltd was also present the event along with the Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Mr Rolf M. Holmboe.