Overweight Malaysian hospital staff given initiative to lose weight

PHOTO: Overweight Malaysian hospital staff given initiative to lose weight

MUAR, Malaysia - Most Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital workers here are leading an unhealthy lifestyle.

Hospital director Dr Selahuddeen Abdul Aziz said about 59 per cent of them suffered from obesity, 14 per cent high blood sugar content, 13 per cent hypertension and 3.8 per cent being smokers.

Besides being directed to undergo physical exercises, staff mem- bers had also been asked to go for regular check-ups and health screenings.

Launching the hospital's 10,000 steps health programme, Dr Selahuddeen said the hospital wanted to ensure its staff observed healthy living, including controlling their diet and exercising regularly.

"Those overweight will be asked to walk 10,000 steps daily around the hospital compound every Tuesday and Thursday.

"If they can reduce their body weight by 10 per cent within three months, they will receive certificates and prizes. We all are responsible for our health.

"The hospital will provide its staff with guidance on healthy diet as we want them to be healthy, energetic and productive," he added.

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