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UPV WellComm conducts lecture forum on Obesity and Aging


“Being healthy starts from the womb that ends on the tomb.

With this in mind, the UPV Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness Committee (WellComm) organized a lecture forum on Obesity and Aging on July 14, 2017 at the audiovisual room of the Miagao Interactive Learning Program. Mr. John Richard Lapascua, Senior Health Program Officer of the Department of Health (DOH), Region VI was the resource person.

Lapascua gave a highly comprehensive lecture that included the DOH’s approach for a healthy Filipinos called “Pilipinas Go 4 Health.” There are seven components to this campaign: 1) Go Smoke-Free, 2) Go Relax (encourages adequate rest, sleep, relaxation and exercise to fight stress), 3) Go Slow sa Tagay (moderate drinking), 4) Go Drug-free, 5) Go Lusog (proper health management), 6) Go Sigla (stress on exercise), and 7) Go Sustansya (healthy eating).

According to the World Health Organization, obesity is a disease in which excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that health may be adversely affected. Lapascua noted that obesity is a problem that Filipinos face alongside malnutrition. Our population have been shown to have a greater proportion of fat deposits at the abdomen, called visceral adiposity, which brings about increased risk for heart attacks and stroke.

Furthermore, he pointed out that medical complications due to obesity are:
1. Pulmonary Diseases such as Abnormal Function, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Hypoventilation Syndrome
2. Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
3. Gall Bladder Disease
4. Gynecologic Abnormalities: Abnormal Menses, Infertility, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
5. Osteoarthritis, gout, Phlebitis
6. Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Diseases, and
7. Cancer: Breast, Uterus, Cervix, Colon, Esophagus, Pancreas, Kidney, Prostate

He emphasized that in fighting obesity, the time-tested formula of proper eating including the ‘kind of food eaten’ and ‘portion control’ is still the best way to go.

As for the prospects of aging, Lapascua explained the in order to age well, one has to be consistent in eating right and engaging in regular exercise.

Those who are in their 40s and 50s should at least have 30 minutes of being physically active daily by engaging in exercise or sports activities. Such include muscle strengthening and flexibility as well as balance and coordination. Physical activities should be encouraged in the workplace.

In conclusion, Lapascua said that aging well means taking care of one’s spiritual vitality. These vitalities include:
1. Physical and Mental Fitness
2. Material Well-being
3. Positive Attitude
4. Healthy Relationships
5. Good Nutrition, and
6. (Fulfilling) Your Heart’s Desire.

Lapascua ended his talk with a quote from Seneca, “As for old age, embrace and love it. It abounds with pleasure if you know how to use it. The gradually declining years are among the sweetest in a person’s life.”

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