A Sweet Date Without Sugar

It was certainly a sweet treat for the participants of Urban Health’s A Date without Sugar, which took place on 23 November 2013 at Prince Court Medical Center.

This event was organised to educate the public about the debilitating effects of diabetes and how lifestyle choices play a vital role in decreasing the chances of being diagnosed with high blood glucose levels.

Diabetes should not be taken lightly. 20.8 percent of Malaysian adults have been diagnosed with the disease and if that statistic is not worrying enough, it is believed that 53 percent of Malaysians remain undiagnosed.

During A Date Without Sugar, participants had the chance to check their blood glucose levels through health screenings conducted by Prince Court Medical Center.

The event, which incorporated a fun French theme, also featured four experts who provided essential tips on diabetes. The first speaker to take the stage was Noel Chilliah, a transformation specialist and international speaker from GNC, who unveiled effective health and fitness practices. Next on the stage was Belle Ng who explained the ins and outs of diabetes as well as the importance of making healthy snack choices. Ng is a clinical nutritionist from Swiss Bio Pharma

Datin Farah Diba Khan, Chief Dietician from Prince Court Medical Center, was the third speaker of the day. She provided sound advice to the participants on managing diabetes by sticking to a healthy diet. Datin Farah also demystified popular nutrition myths related to diabetes. Don Lyon from It Works! was the last speaker who highlighted the benefits of virgin coconut oil for diabetics. Lyon has been exporting and importing fruits throughout Asia for more than 27 years.

Participants of A Date Without Sugar also had the chance to enjoy themselves by taking part in a number of exciting activities.  There were photo sessions featuring fun props that carried messages related to living a sugar-free life. There were also interactive games including a ‘Chicken Dance’ contest where the winner — who was judged by the audience — walked away with an HTC Desire X smartphone worth RM1,099 and a French 101 “tutorial” designed to help participants learn how to speak basic French.

During lunch, everyone was entertained by the lively sounds of the harmonica performed by the YMCA Senior Citizens Club Harmonica Group. The YMCA Senior Citizens Club Dance Group performed two dance routines including a lively rock and roll number while singers from Alliance Francaise serenaded the audience with French songs.

After lunch, everyone settled in to watch a movie screening of the popular cartoon – Ratatouille – which is a hilarious family animation about French cuisine.  The day ended with a lucky draw, which got participants anxious to hear their number called out for the Grand Prize — another HTC Desire X smartphone. Other lucky draw prizes were travel bags provided by True Fitness and hampers from Dentiste’s, GNC and VitaHealth.

There were nothing but smiles on everyone’s faces as they headed home with a set of soap macaroons, goodie bags, lucky dip prizes and most importantly, priceless information about how to combat and manage diabetes.

Urban Health would like to thank sponsors Kordel’s, VitaHealth, It Works!, Equal, Captain Oats, HTC, Dentiste’s, Taj Mahal, Euro Atlantic, EP Plus, Kalbe, Bio Nano Sciences and True Fitness. Also, heartfelt appreciation goes out to our partners NADI, YMCA, Chin Swee Vegetarian Restaurant and Alliance Francaise. Last but not the least, a big thank you goes out to our venue sponsor, Prince Court Medical Center.

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