THE 15TH NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS® WALK-A-MILE TRIGGERS A CHANGE OF HEART AMONGST MALAYSIANS
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 SEPTEMBER 2016 – Every 15 minutes, there is one death caused by heart disease in Malaysia. Although many Malaysians are aware that heart disease is the number one killer in Malaysia1, many of us tend to wait until later to address our heart health under the perception that heart disease only affects the elderly2. However, research has proven that Malaysians in their thirties have ageing arteries similar to people in their seventies due to their lifestyles3. The truth is that Malaysians need to take care of their heart health now instead of later.
This year marks the 15th year that Nestlé Omega Plus® has organised the annual Walk-A-Mile (WAM) event, in collaboration with Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM). WAM is the longest-running event for heart health advocacy in this country.
“As Malaysia’s heart health advocate, we truly believe that your heart is in your own hands. Heart disease does not happen overnight but through years of living with these habitual risk factors. But the good news is that you could save a life in as little as 15 minutes as brisk walking reduces the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes,” said Chew Soi Ping, Executive Director, Sales, Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad, in his welcome speech at the event.
“The 3,800 people here today have not only ‘saved’ their own lives by joining today’s Walk-A-Mile. In fact, if you have shared your Walk-A-Mile experience with your friends and family on social media, you would have saved double or even triple that amount by reminding people why it is important to manage your heart health now instead of later,” he added.
The 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey conducted by the Ministry of Health highlighted that 47.7% of Malaysian adults aged 18 years and above have high cholesterol, a significant increase from 32.6% in 20114. “We cannot ignore any longer that more and more Malaysians are succumbing to heart disease at a younger age and this issue is further amplified through a lack of regular exercise, unhealthy eating habits and other risk factors like smoking, which can be avoided,” said Tun Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid, President of Yayasan Jantung Malaysia.
Tun Ahmad also emphasised that it does not take a monumental step to manage heart health. “We need to trigger a change of heart and mind set among Malaysians on heart health. One of the main reasons for the rising concern of heart-related disease among Malaysians is our lack of awareness as to how to manage our heart health holistically. You only need to remember three key factors for holistic health management – get daily physical activity, visit your doctor for a regular medical check-up and eat a consistent balanced diet,” said Tun Ahmad.
One way to reduce the risk of heart disease is to manage your cholesterol levels by adding plant sterols to your diet. Plant sterols can be found in minimal amounts in grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds but you may have to consume very large amounts in order to meet the daily requirement of 1.2g of plant sterols in order to have an effect on your cholesterol level. Nestlé Omega Plus® has made it convenient to meet this daily requirement - two servings of Nestlé Omega Plus® milk a day is all you need and it is equivalent to plant sterols found in 255 tomatoes or 126 carrots. Nestlé Omega Plus® is the only milk that has Acticol®, plant sterols that help lower cholesterol by blocking the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream.
This year’s Walk-A-Mile concept featured various surprise challenges along the route, health screenings, lucky draws, and many more fun activities.
Chew Soi Ping also presented a cheque from Nestlé Omega Plus® totalling RM30,000 to Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM) towards the continuous support on the efforts and dedication of YJM to educate the public on heart health matters.
⦁ Eliza Mohamed, Director of Group Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Malaysia
⦁ Ng Su Yen, Business Executive Manager, Milks, Nestlé Malaysia
⦁ Dato Gurbakhash Singh, Vice Chairman, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia
⦁ YBhg Datuk Dr. J.S.Sambhi, Chairman, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia
⦁ YBhg Tan Sri Dato Kamaruzzaman bin Shariff, Vice-President, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia
⦁ YABhg Tun Dato Seri Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid, President, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia
⦁ YBhg Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin bin Abd Aziz, Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur
⦁ Chew Soi Ping, Executive Director, Sales, Nestlé Malaysia
For more information on Nestlé Omega Plus® and Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM), visit www.facebook.com/NestleOmegaPlus and www.yjm.org.my.
1 Ten principal causes of death in government and private hospitals in the year 2013, with Diseases of the Circulatory System being number one at 24.71%. Source from Malaysia’s Health Facts 2014, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
2 Caring For The Heart. Prof Datuk Paduka Dr Wan Azman Wan Ahmad, Professor of Medicine and Cardiology. 21-Dec-15 17:10
Retrieved from http://www.bfm.my/wan-azman-wan-ahmad-cardiology-caring-for-heart.html
3 Renganayar, C. (2016, April 24). Young people, ageing arteries. New Straits Times Online.
Retrieved from http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/04/141124/young-people-ageing-arteries
4 National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015, Institute for Public Health and Ministry of Health, Malaysia
About Yayasan Jantung Malaysia
Yayasan Jantung Malaysia is a non-government and non-profit organisation founded by the Rotary Club Di Raja Kuala Lumpur in 1982 under the Presidency of Datuk Dr. J.S. Sambhi. It was formed at a public meeting at the Royal Selangor Club by a group of people from all over the country, who were determined to make an impact on the control of Cardio-Vascular Diseases (CVDs) in Malaysia as the incidence of heart diseases was increasing and approaching epidemic proportions. With affiliation to World Heart Federation and Asia Pacific Heart Network, its missions are to prevent and ideally to eradicate cardiovascular diseases through education and awareness programmes, develop and improve various educational programmes and physical activities in promoting a healthy lifestyle, and to reach widespread populations in all states of Malaysia from urban to rural areas. For more information, visit www.yjm.org.my.
About Nestlé Malaysia
Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer and a leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, is headquartered in Switzerland. Since 1866, Nestlé has been committed to providing high quality, tasty, safe and nutritious products to our consumers, in line with our promise of Good Food, Good Life. Nourishing Malaysians since 1912, Nestlé has earned the trust of our consumers through our quality brands and products, as well as our commitment to improve the lives of the communities in which we operate. At Nestlé, our consumers are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to delight our consumers by offering the best quality products; staying true to our Swiss roots while maintaining our Halal excellence and integrity. To learn more about how we have been nourishing Malaysians for over a century, do visit www.nestle.com.my or our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NestleMalaysia.
About Nestlé Omega Plus
NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS® is the only milk that has ACTICOL®, plant sterols that help lower cholesterol by blocking the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS® Milk also contains high calcium to keep bones strong. Just 2 servings of NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS® each day has been scientifically proven to lower cholesterol levels*. It is available in 150g, 600g and 1kg powder format, and ready-to-drink UHT format of 200ml six-pack cluster. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NestleOmegaPlus.
*Thomsen AB, et al. Eur J Clin Nutr 2004; 58:860-870