UPV WellCom members train for DOH Wellness Training
Two members of the UPV Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness Committee participated in the “Training on Healthy Lifestyle: An Approach to the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable (NCD) Diseases” conducted by the Department of Health, Region VI on November 7-9, 2017 in Iloilo City.
The training began with an overview of leading NCDs in the country which included cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and diabetes mellitus. They account for 60% of the total deaths globally and are projected to increase in the years to come according the World Health Organization data.
Meanwhile, the Philippines is one of the 23 countries noted for contributing to around 80% of the total mortality burden attributed to chronic diseases in developing countries, and 50% of the total disease burden caused by NCDs worldwide.
The training also included how to do risk factors assessment and screening, how to campaign for an alcohol, smoke, and drug-free environment as well as promoting healthy diet and nutrition and physical activities.
Mr. John Richard Lapascua, Senior Health Program Officer of DOH was the primary resource person along with Prof. Ma Noema Castromayor of the University of San Agustin and member of the Nutritionist Dieticians Association of the Philippines – West Visayas Chapter; Mr. Jerry Porras, Chief Health Program Officer of the DOH Treatment and Rehabilitation Center – Pototan, Iloilo; and Ma. Fe Salgado, Health Promotion Officer of the Roxas City Health Office.
Mary Lyncen M. Fernandez (Chairperson) and Ms. Teresa Hortillo (member) of the UPV Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness Committee completed the training and plan to echo what they have learned to the UPV community. (UPV-IPO)