Dubai: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) is out to elevating consciousness about weight problems by means of a raft of initiatives and programmes.
Ahead of World Obesity Day, noticed on March 4, it mentioned the prevalence of weight problems amongst adults within the UAE is 27.8 per cent, in keeping with the National Health Survey 2017-2018. The prevalence of weight problems amongst kids and adolescents aged five-17 years is 17.35 per cent, in keeping with the newest statistics on the periodic examination of faculty college students.
The ministry, in cooperation with native well being authorities, strives to implement a nationwide motion plan in keeping with time frames and efficiency indicators. The objective is to advertise an acceptable wholesome atmosphere and encourage people and households to embrace a wholesome life-style to take care of the problem of weight problems, thus realising the targets of the nationwide initiative “Promoting consciousness of wholesome life.”
The ministry has launched a number of media consciousness campaigns, equivalent to Together We Move, to advertise bodily exercise amongst girls aged 18-44 years. These campaigns additionally included elevating consciousness of the significance of wholesome meals and dangerous results of sweetened drinks on well being. The campaigns have been according to the federal government decision to impose a selective tax of fifty per cent on sweetened drinks and 100 per cent on power drinks.
The official account of the Makom marketing campaign and the Healthy and Positive Workplace initiative additionally encourages the general public to keep up a wholesome life-style
Workshop on diet
Meanwhile, MoHAP just lately organised a workshop for the National Nutrition Committee in cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop the second version of the National Nutrition Strategy 2022-2030 and a associated motion plan.
The workshop is a part of the Ministry’s plans to enhance the dietary standing of the UAE inhabitants in any respect age and cut back illness and mortality charges from threat components for non-communicable illnesses within the weight loss program. This can also be to realize the worldwide diet targets 2025, and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Present on the workshop have been Dr Hussein Abdul Rahman Al Rand, the ministry’s assistant undersecretary for the Public Health Sector and chairman of the National Nutrition Committee and Nouf Khamis Al Ali, director of the Health Promotion Department, MoHAP.
Those who attended from the WHO included Dr. Ayoub Al Jawaldah from the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, in addition to a variety of strategic companions from 16 completely different sectors, equivalent to well being, schooling, municipalities, commerce and business, agriculture, financial system and meals and drinks business.
The ministry’s diet staff has reviewed the achievements of the UAE’s first National Nutrition Action Plan, and mentioned the challenges confronted by members of the National Committee for Nutrition, and acceptable options. The staff has additionally mentioned with the Global Health Advisor, the imaginative and prescient of the National Nutrition Strategy 2022-2030 and its strategic aims.
Discussions reviewed six working teams to establish key diet interventions and programmes, protecting key strategic areas. These embody sustainable and versatile meals programs for wholesome diets, availability of well being programs for complete protection of primary diet measures, social safety and diet schooling, investing to enhance diet, secure and supportive environments for diet in any respect ages, and diet governance as a prelude to a sophisticated dietary technique.
Developing a meals well being system
Dr. Al Rand careworn the significance of the workshop and its function in growing the nationwide diet technique in cooperation with the WHO Regional Office, including that it comes according to the ministry’s imaginative and prescient to enhance group well being by offering complete, revolutionary, world-class and honest well being companies and play the regulatory and oversight function within the well being sector by means of a sophisticated and built-in well being legislative system.
Al Rand acknowledged that the second version of the National Nutrition Strategy performs a vital function in decreasing the prevalence of persistent and malnutrition illnesses, decreasing the prices of spending on treating illnesses, enhancing the well being of recent generations of youngsters and adolescents, reaching meals safety within the nation, and elevating the standard and sustainability of life in the long run. This technique may also contribute to realising the worldwide diet targets 2025 and sustainable improvement targets 2030, which is able to thereby improve the nation’s place regionally and globally.
“The major objective is to attract an built-in street map to develop the meals well being work system in sustainable methods, to develop the outcomes of nationwide well being indicators and cut back weight problems in kids and adolescents, to consolidate the preventive facet and cut back the speed of lifestyle-related illnesses,” added Al Rand.
“MoHAP, in cooperation with its strategic companions, is dedicated to selling group well being, offering the elements for well being care in accordance with worldwide finest practices, and defending society from persistent illnesses.
This is achieved by increasing the scope of diet initiatives for a more healthy and extra sustainable future, guided by worldwide and regional insurance policies and methods to advertise well being, he famous.