Sweet Escape - dealing diabetes with a healthy and active lifestyle

Diabetes is among the most prevalent diseases around the world for many years now. It is an autoimmune disorder that causes an elevation in a person’s blood glucose level and it was the disease responsible for an estimated 1.6 million deaths in 2015. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global statistics of diabetes among adults over 18 increased from 4.7 percent in 1980 to 8.5 percent in 2014.

In the Philippines, about 7.3 million Filipinos are recorded to have diabetes, with 3.5 million confirmed diagnoses. Last year, the country was marked as ‘diabetes hotspot,’ ranking among countries with towering diabetes rates. At this moment, the alarming figures are continuously rising, and every day, more and more people are becoming at risk of acquiring the condition.

Sweet Escape 2017

Friendly Alliances and Media Expressions (FAME) Inc., publisher of DiabetEASE magazine, brought Sweet Escape, a yearly advocacy event for the public about diabetes awareness;  on August 18, 10am at Starmall Activity Center, Alabang.

Top endocrinologists Dr. Augusto D. Litonjua, Father of Philippine Endocrinology and Dr. Joy Arabelle C. Fontanilla, head of Center for Weight Intervention and Nutrition Services (WINS) at St. Luke's Medical Center - Global City and DiabetEASE Magazine Editor-in-Chief shed light on the prevalence of diabetes in the country. With them is Dr. Pepito dela Peña, President of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM).

The experts also tackled the importance of having a balanced diet while maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prevent risks that may trigger the metabolic disease.

Meanwhile, event partners Diabetes Store, represented by its General Manager Mr. Ramon Felix and PhilHealth’s Public Affairs Unit head Mr. Raymond P. Acoba, also talked about their respective campaigns relating to the metabolic disease.

Hataw Na: Hataw Galaw Sayaw sa Kalusugan

In line with Sweet Escape’s call to have an active and healthier lifestyle, it also held the second Hataw Na: Hataw Galaw Sayaw sa Kalusugan Intercollegiate Dance Competition.

The urban dance competition aims to encourage people of all ages to turn their back on a sedentary lifestyle and embrace being healthy and fit through physical activities such as dancing.

Being physically active is an effective practice to avoid diabetes and its complications. By encouraging the youth to prevent the disease in such a fun activity, Sweet Escape believes that more and more people will be informed and take part in the fight against the disease.

Sweet Escape gathered the following colleges and universities as they showcase their talents:

Asiatech Static Dancers (Asiatech College)
Ace Prime Dancers (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)
Dr. Yanga's Dance Alliance (Dr. Yanga's Colleges Inc.)
IAS Dance Company (Far Eastern University-Manila)
Malayan Dance Crew (Malayan Colleges of Laguna)
Saliw Indayog (Sumulong Colleges of Arts and Sciences)
Sibol Dance Crew (ICCT Cainta)
AMA Makati Dance Crew (AMA Computer College Makati)
CEU Street Squad (Centro Escolar University), 2016 Hataw Galaw’s titleholder

The event also featured a Zumba party, product highlights, lay forums, raffles, and booth exhibition.

The Sweet Escape 2017 is made possible in cooperation with the Philippine Center for Diabetes Education Foundation (PCDEF) Inc., and Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM).

The event is also made possible with Starmall Alabang, City Government of Muntinlupa, PhilHealth, Diabetes Store, HealthFirst Clinic, Corbridge, Herbalife Nutrition, Omizu (Beautifying Natural Spring Water), Lightwater and Musli Biscuits under Suncoast Brands, Monea Salon Professional Series, Philippine Karate-do League Inc., Creative Baker, Enchanted Kingdom, Café France, C-Lium Fibre, Cocoline Naturals, and Coco Natura. Herbalife Nutrition, a global nutrition company has also supported the said event by giving away special merchandise items to the winners in the raffle segment.

About FAME Inc.
FAME INC. is the publisher of Health and Lifestyle, DiabetEASE, ZEN Health, and Travel Plus magazines. It aims to promote good health, healthy lifestyle, sound Christian values, and professional excellence among doctors, healthcare professionals, legislators, and the laymen.

About DiabetEASE Magazine
The DiabetEASE magazine is dedicated to bringing to Filipino people a life lived well even with diabetes. It consists of the latest news and discoveries on diabetes, inspiring diabetes stories from real life patients, food tips and recipes, dos and don’ts, and just about everything you need to know for a diabetes-friendly lifestyle.

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